Activision and Infinity Ward have released a May 18 update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. It is a battle royale mode Warzone, rolling out an array of new content and changes. The patch update 1.21 is now available for all platforms, PS4, PC, and Xbox One, and is a pretty chunky one. It is 20.2GB on PS4, 26.1GB (only Warzone) or 30 GB (for MW) on PC, and 31 GB for Xbox One.
Shortly after the update went live, there were reports of the patch not appearing for PlayStation 4 players to download. However, developers resolved the issue quickly.
What update 1.21 brings to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
This Week in #CallofDuty#ModernWarfare Hardhat, Aisle 9, and new classic Ghost#Warzone Blood Money Quads, new Gulag weapons and the Armor Box#CODMobile Roadmap, Challenges and the Poltergeist#BlackOps Celebrating Ten years since the reveal!
INFO HERE: https://t.co/Sic3VBMVLS pic.twitter.com/6dNxjkZHcM
— Activision (@Activision) May 18, 2020
Two of the biggest additions to Modern Warfare include two new maps. First, a remake of a fan-favorite MW3 multiplayer map, Hardhat and then, a new Gunfight map, Aisle 9. Hardhat gets its own special 24/7 playlist and a Face Off Moshpit playlist for Aisle 9 to celebrate its arrival to the game.
A new DLC pack called Fearless for the Call of Duty Endowment charity is also available. Additionally, the update unveiled the Ghost Pack Contingency bundle to the game’s store. It features two weapon blueprints, including a Legendary assault rifle and a new classic skin for Ghost. The bundle further contains 10 ghostly items, allowing you to customize your identity. Moreover, Special Operations just got Modified with new variants and rewards.
What the new update brings to Warzone
A title update and playlist update will begin going out across all platforms tonight at 11PM PST! Click the link to see a list of fixes, what's coming to #ModernWarfare multiplayer, Special Operations, #Warzone, and more! https://t.co/X1hZXsnrtu pic.twitter.com/IqGS8mdtO8
— Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard) May 19, 2020
The battle royale mode gets several new features with the 1.21 update. A new Armor Box which players can use to replenish theirs as well as teammates’ armor supply before or after engagements. Players can buy this new item at Buy Stations or find it as ground loot or in Supply Boxes.
Warzone’s Gulag gets a new loadout of weapons. Six assault rifles and four submachine guns, all automatic, no burst or single fire guns, have been added to its RNG pool. Shotguns and pistols have not been removed from the random-select pool, though.
Additionally, the update has unveiled two exciting modes namely, Blood Money Quads and Classic Battle Royale. Players can now expand their trio to collect Cash, complete Contracts, eliminate opponents and end up on top in Blood Money.
In the Classic Battle Royale limited-time mode, there are no contracts, buy stations, or Gulag. It’s a stripped version of Warzone, with the purest battle royale vibe. Finally, Most Wanted contracts have returned again with the new update.
The 1.21 update also rolled out a bunch of bugs fixes and balancing-acts for weapons for Modern Warfare and Warzone. Exploits that granted players access to areas outside of several maps, a rare occurrence in Warzone that trapped players in the Gulag until the end of the match, are some fixed bugs.
Few of the weapon balance changes include nerfs for the RPG and Renetti, decreased ADS times for FAL and SCAR, and reduced penalty for holding your breath too long when using a sniper rifle. While the Holger 26 has a reduced recoil now, the VLK Rogue sees an increased rate of fire.
Doors to Warzone’s secret bunkers are open now
— FaZe Dirty (@FaZeDirty) May 19, 2020
After the May 18 update rolled out, many players have discovered that the mysterious bunker doors now open. Using the Red Access Card, which comes from Legendary Crates, the doors can be opened, thus giving players access to the bunkers. It leads to an underground room full of loot crates. An additional room concealed behind another locked door is also present. However, players are unable to open it as of now.