CoD: Warzone 2 Season 3: Release Date, DMZ Overhaul, New Features, and More

CoD: Warzone 2 Season 3: Release Date, DMZ Overhaul, New Features, and More

Unveiling the major announcements for Season 3 of the battle royale and DMZ

Call of Duty: Warzone 2 is gearing up for the launch of Season 3 on April 12, with a slew of exciting new features and changes, including a DMZ overhaul, new battle pass, and much more. In this article, we will cover all the major Season 3 additions, as well as the start time, so you can dive in right from the get-go.

Warzone 2 Season 3 start time

Call of Duty Warzone 2 will kick off Season 3 on April 12 at 10 AM PT. The release will be synchronized across various time zones.

New weapons and operator

Four new weapons will be added to the game in Season 3 of Modern Warfare 2. The battle pass will feature the iconic Intervention sniper rifle, rebranded as the FJX Imperium sniper, and the Cronen Squall battle rifle.

Later in the season, players can anticipate the arrival of two new fully-automatic sidearms. Although Activision’s blog does not name them, they are described as being fully-automatic weapons.

Alejandro Vargas and Valeria Garza from the Modern Warfare 2 campaign will be available to unlock in the premium tiers of the battle pass, with more operators teased for later in the season. These operators are likely to be available as shop bundles.

Season 3 will also introduce a more substantial version of the battle pass bundle. While the standard pass will still be available at $1,100 CoD Points ($10), the Blackcell bundle will be offered at a higher price of $30, providing over 7,000 CoD Points’ worth of value. Full details about the Blackcell bundle can be found here.

New event challenges

Trophy Hunt

Call of Duty’s new Trophy Hunt event will begin two days after the launch of Season 3. In this event, players will drop a “trophy,” a small decorative coin, whenever they are eliminated in any mode. These trophies can be collected or earned by completing specific tasks, such as opening supply boxes.

Players can exchange these trophies for items displayed in the events tab, including weapon blueprints, vehicle skins, and battle pass token tier skips.

Camo challenge event

The mid-season update will introduce a camo challenge event, similar to Season 2’s Path of the Ronin camo challenge event. Activision will provide more details at a later date.

Battle royale

New modes

Warzone 2 is adding a respawn “Massive Resurgence” mode to Al Mazrah, accommodating up to 150 players in various squad sizes. This mode will be available at launch.

Later in the season, Warzone 1’s Plunder mode will finally be integrated into Warzone 2. However, Activision has not confirmed if this mode will be playable on both maps or just one. Plunder is a respawn mode in which the team with the most cash wins.

Warzone Ranked, a new competitive mode for battle royale, will be introduced later in the season. This mode will be played in trios and will feature a leaderboard, among other elements.

New gulag and features

Al Marzrah’s existing prison gulag will be replaced with a new 1v1 area, called Blacksite. This new arena is described as a roughly rectangular, asymmetrical map with several interior spaces and long external routes. Its current location on Al Mazrah is teased as being “Redacted.”

Redeploy Drones, first introduced in Season 2 on Ashika Island, will be added to Al Mazrah in Season 3, offering players a new way to traverse Warzone 2’s larger map. Additionally, the season launch will introduce DMZ’s UAV towers, which allow players to interact with the towers and receive multiple UAV sweeps from the tower’s location.

A feature previously seen in Warzone 1’s Caldera, Tempered Plate Carriers, will be added to change players’ armor plates. Equipped with a Tempered Plate Carrier, a player’s armor will consist of two half-bars instead of three thirds, making it more efficient to re-plate after a fight.

More features will be introduced in the mid-season update, including Caldera’s decontamination stations, deployable Buy Stations, and more.


DMZ will undergo a massive overhaul in Season 3. Unlike the complete wipe during Season 2’s launch, this update will introduce numerous new features to the mode.

One significant change is the upcoming barter system. This feature allows players to swap goods at a Buy Station, rather than being forced to sell scavenged items for cash.

Another major addition to DMZ is the introduction of Workbenches, which are located near Buy Stations on the map. These workbenches enable players to modify their Contraband weapons, allowing them to spend cash to add or remove attachments piece by piece.

Active Duty Operators represent another significant change. Every player will start with three Active Duty Operator Slots, essentially three separate operators with their own unique loadout. These items include a player’s backpack, plate carrier, killstreaks, self-revive, and gas mask.

For each DMZ infiltration, a player can choose which Active Duty Operator to use. This means a player can gear up one operator specifically for a mission in Building 21 runs and have another operator built for scavenging items without any high-tier items to lose.

A new DMZ boss is also teased to be located somewhere underground in Al Mazrah, with more information to be provided later in the season.

For more information on Season 3, be sure to check out details on Modern Warfare 2’s major update, including new maps, modes, and a third Raid episode.