Beginning on October 7th, 2021, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will enter its sixth season, bringing with it a host of new maps, guns, operators, seasonal events, and zombies content. In this article, we'll tell you everything you'll need to know about Season 6 of Cold War as well as what may be coming next.
The roadmap for Black Ops Cold War Season 6 goes over a number of updates coming in Season 6, but it likely won't give away everything that's coming in the season. Traditionally, Call of Duty seasons are ‘reloaded' midway through the season. These reloaded seasons are launched with their own roadmaps of what's to come during the rest of the season.
So, what's scheduled to come in Season 6? Three new maps, Deprogram, Amerika, and Gluboko, are set to come to Cold War during Season 6. Deprogram and Amerika are traditional 6v6 maps, while Gluboko is a Gunfight map that will also be added to the Face Off 6v6 playlist.
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None of these maps are remakes, and no remakes for Season 6 of Cold War have been announced yet, but there are many more maps rumored to come to Cold War before the game's post-launch support ends, so it seems like there may be surprises or other kinds of postseason content in store.
Deprogram is described as "one of the most unique map experiences ever seen in Call of Duty" with the opportunity for "four-dimensional plays that can help you outsmart opponents." Amerika is described as a Soviet recreation of an American Main Street, which includes a pizzeria, theater, Burger Town, and more. Gluboko, the Gunfight map, is described as an underground vault at KGB headquarters.
All three of these new maps are listed as launch maps, meaning they will arrive at the beginning of Season 6. Sometimes, new content in roadmaps is listed as "in-season" which means it will arrive sometime during the season but not at the season's beginning. This was the case for Zoo in Season 5, which came during the Season 5 Reloaded update.
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On top of the Hammer & Sickle and Battle Axe melee weapons set to come to Cold War in Season 6, the .410 Ironhide shotgun, the Grav assault rifle, and the Lapa SMG are also coming to Cold War. The Hammer & Sickle and Lapa are listed as "in-season" drops, so we can expect them to come sometime after the launch of Season 6.
New Operators for Season 6 of Cold War include fan-favorite Mason as well as Fuze. New bundles are also coming to the store, and a seasonal event called The Haunting is scheduled for October 19th, 2021. This event will include limited-time modes, rewards, and more. The last event in Cold War was the Numbers event, which began with Season 5 Reloaded.
Naturally, Season 6 will bring with it a completely new Battle Pass for fans to level up. If you managed to max out the Battle Pass in Season 5 that will earn you enough CP to purchase the Season 6 Battle Pass for free, as it is with every season. The Battle Pass will also gate much of Season 6's new content behind it, meaning that if you want to actually unlock and use many of the new weapons, calling cards, emblems, and more coming in Season 6, you'll have to level up the Battle Pass.
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There's also a host of new zombies content coming in Season 6, which Treyarch is marketing as the "Black Ops Cold War Zombies conclusion" that likely signals that new zombies content will not be included in future updates as Treyarch transitions to supporting Vanguard's zombies component. Vanguard's zombies mode will be a direct continuation of Cold War's zombies.
A new zombies map, Forsaken, is coming in Season 6 alongside a new Perk, PHD Slider, a new Wonder Weapon, Chrysalax, and two new support weapons, the ARC-XD and the Hand Cannon. New Challenges, Intel, and more will also come to zombies during Season 6.
There will likely be a surprise or two coming in Season 6 that will see new, unannounced content arrive in Cold War, but Treyarch is keeping those cards close to the chest for now. The "in-season" labeling of certain Season 6 drops, like the Lapa SMG, does essentially confirm we'll see some kind of Season 6 Reloaded update midway into the season.
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However, Season 6 is going to be a unique season in Cold War's history. Season 5 of Cold War launched on August 11th, 2021, while Season 5 Reloaded launched on September 8th, 2021. Season 6 of Cold War begins on October 7th, 2021, while Call of Duty: Vanguard launches on November 5th, 2021, less than a month after Season 6 begins.
This might mean Season 6 for Cold War may be a shorter season than other seasons, and perhaps it will not receive a full ‘reloaded update' and instead will get smaller content drops like the Lapa throughout the season. Though, it's important to remember that a Vanguard season won't start when the game launches.
Vanguard's live service support will begin with a Season 1 of its own sometime after launch, giving gamers time to get a feel for the game as well as Sledgehammer time to fix launch problems with the game. So, it's unlikely that the launch of Vanguard will end Season 6 of Cold War. But what is the future of Cold War as Vanguard takes the spotlight and becomes the mainline Call of Duty of the day?
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There isn't official word yet, but there are a number of rumors out there: Cold War is supposedly set to receive many more maps, both new ones and remakes, as well as be the ‘most supported Call of Duty ever' due to how many monthly active users continue to play the game, exceeding even Activision's expectations.
Modern Warfare 2019 did continue to receive postseason content after its sixth season and the launch of Cold War, but the content it received was much less significant than what it got during its life cycle. So, it's almost certain that Cold War will continue to be updated, but it's not certain how much content will be added during these updates.
A Season 7 doesn't seem likely either, because it wouldn't make sense for Vanguard's first season to be Season 7, and like with Modern Warfare 2019 after its Season 6, its progression was folded into Cold War's progression system. This style of system is more likely. Cold War may be rebooted to have a second Season 1 alongside Vanguard and Warzone.
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Though, it's also possible that when Warzone: Pacific launches, itself coming with a whole new launcher and updated engine alongside an anti-cheat system, that classic Warzone will be maintained and thus could see a Season 7 that came to Cold War as well, while Vanguard and Pacific get their own Season 1. As of now, this is all speculation, but we won't have long to wait to see what's next.