Call of Duty: Modern Warfare kicked off its first season of live service earlier this week, bringing new maps, modes, and the Battle Pass. The first season marks the return of Crash, an iconic map from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare almost twelve years ago. Later on in the season will mark the return of Vacant, another map from Call of Duty 4, as well as Shipment, which has been retooled for both the 2v2 Gunfight game mode, as well as larger team modes. There's also a pair of completely new Gunfight maps, as well as a new map for Modern Warfare's 64-player Ground War game mode. Other new modes will be introduced on a rotating basis.
The major update also brings in two new guns, the light machine gun Holger-26, a fictionalized version of the real-life G36, and the RAM-7 assault rifle, again a fictional name. There's also five new Special Operations coming to the much-maligned co-op mode, two original missions, as well as three carrying over from Modern Warfare 2. The first season of content for Modern Warfare is live now for all platforms.
Also coming with the major update is the series' first rendition of the Battle Pass. Spanning one hundred tiers, progress in the battle pass is earned just by playing multiplayer. Around a quarter of the tiers can be earned without paying for the pass, awarding you everything from cosmetic blueprints to emblems and premium currency. Crucially, the two new guns mentioned above can be earned by all players: the RAM-7 comes in at Tier 15, while the Holger-26 is doled out at Tier 31. The premium Battle Pass will run you 1000 COD Points, or roughly $10 USD. The paid Battle Pass also comes with exclusive Operators, cosmetics for both your soldier and guns, as well as exclusive challenges. If you're motivated enough to work through all 100 tiers, you'll also net yourself 1300 COD Points, covering your buy-in, as it were. Should you purchase the Battle Pass after you've earned paid tiers, you'll be retroactively awarded said items.
While Season One of Modern Warfare will go a long way towards adding content to the wildly popular reimagining of the series, it doesn't (as of release) address the community's concerns about matchmaking and subpar map design. Adding in old, well-loved maps certainly solves one of the problems, but the social and wider multiplayer issues aren't being addressed, at least for now. Still, for those looking to get more out of Modern Warfare, the first season of content is out now for all platforms.