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Launching on June 28 at 5pm PT / 8pm ET (June 29 at 1am BST), the naval themed season introduces a new themed event alongside fresh operators, weapons, maps and modes, a new perk and battle royale class, plus 50 tiers of earnable rewards in its Battle Pass.
The Sea of Steel event sees Ghosts and Federation fighters going head-to-head in a race to capture map nodes and earn rewards for completing daily tasks.
Free Battle Pass unlocks include the K9 Unit Operator Skill at tier 14 and the CR-56 AMAX assault rifle at tier 21, while premium Battle Pass unlocks include Merrick and Rorke – Man Hunter from Call of Duty: Ghosts, and weapon blueprints like the Ghost-themed BK57, the QXR — Close Catch, the DR-H — Rebreather, and the PP19 Bizon — Devilfish.
The new multiplayer maps are Suldal Harbor, Docks, and Aniyah Incursion, the bombed-out palace also included in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
Suldal Harbor is a medium-sized map featuring shipping crates, narrow alleyways, and close-quarter interiors, while Docks is a small symmetrical shipyard map on London’s River Thames supporting plenty of vertical play.
New multiplayer modes include Ground Mission, a large-scale version of Domination with five capture points and 10v10 play, and Cranked: Confirmed, which blends Cranked and Kill Confirmed.
Gung-Ho is a new perk which enables players to hip-fire, throw grenades, and reload while sprinting, while Battle Royale’s new Time Traveler class is able to jump back in time by a few seconds to gain an advantage on the battlefield, and also has a high resistance to flashbangs and concussion grenades.
Publisher Activision recently established a new internal studio “dedicated to developing the best AAA mobile games in the world”, starting with a new entry in the Call of Duty series.
A job advert for an executive producer of features on “a new AAA mobile FPS in the Call of Duty franchise” was spotted in September 2020 before being taken offline. It included multiple references to Warzone Mobile, suggesting Activision was planning to bring the battle royale hit to new platforms.
Earlier this week, Tencent announced that Call of Duty Mobile developer TiMi is making an original, AAA live service shooter at a newly established North American studio.