Warzone Season 1 Reloaded seeks to shake things up for Activision’s Battle Royale when it releases in early 2024! Here’s everything you need to know:

It’s almost time for the mid-season update already, and Warzone Season 1 Reloaded has a lot to offer both new and returning players.

Here’s a rundown of what you can expect, and when we’ll be able to get started.

Release Date

A release date for Warzone Season 1 Reloaded has finally been announced, with the update set to arrive on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM GMT.

Warzone Ghost and other Operators


Warzone Season 1 Reloaded will go live in .

At this point, all the following new content will be available in-game:

Season 1 Reloaded Patch Notes

New Weapons

There are two brand-new weapons for Warzone players to unlock and add to their loadouts in Season 1 Reloaded:


An SMG that’s perfect for those who prefer to do battle up close and personal, the HRM-9 offers high mobility and a spectacular rate of fire.

You will be able to unlock it via an Armory Unlock challenge.

HMR-9 SMG in MW3

And while the gun specializes in beating out other options up close, it can also be built as a mid-range weapon with the right attachments.

TAQ Evolvere

Warzone’s second new weapon is the TAQ Evolvere, an LMG that may prove itself to be the most versatile heavy weapon yet.

Reportedly, the latest in the TAQ family will tailor itself to any playstyle, giving players a number of options when building out their new gun.

This weapon will be available by completing a Weekly challenge.

TAQ Evolvere in MW3 Season 1

Activision promises that the weapon will be able to handle infantry and artillery alike, which says a lot about the LMG’s stopping power.

Covert Exfil

Alongside Season 1 Reloaded, Warzone is also getting a new secondary exfil condition, which Activision calls a ‘Covert Exfil.’

At the start of each game, 5 Covert Exfils will be available to purchase for a high price from any Buy Station, prior to the Gulag closing.

Covert Exfil in Warzone

After purchasing a Covert Exfil, players will be able to extract from Urzikstan without needing to be the last man (or squad) standing.

It’s a brand-new win condition that relies on players earning enough cash early on in the match to accomplish. Covert Exfils even come with their own leaderboard stat, where presumably players will get credit for kills before extracting or how fast they can leave the Warzone.

Weapon Cases Return

Weapon Cases are returning from MW2’s DMZ mode. At the start of each game, a Weapon Case will spawn in a small highlighted area.

Grab a Weapon Case and successfully extract to unlock a series of brand-new rewards. Back in DMZ, these rewards ranged from Weapon Blueprints to Operator Skins, so there’s a real incentive to get your hands on them.

Weapon Case in Warzone

Unfortunately, a player’s position will be highlighted the moment they obtain a Weapon Case, so only the most skilled users will be able to extract the new item in one piece.

Take advantage of the Covert Exfil to get out early, or fight it out with a major disadvantage until you’re the last man standing to claim the rewards.

Champion’s Quest Returns

The Champion’s Quest returns, but not quite as Warzone players will remember it!

In Al Mazrah or Vondel, players who could pull off 5 consecutive wins would obtain a new contract in their next game, the ‘Champion’s Quest.’ Now, Champions Quests will activate after either 5 consecutive wins OR 30 wins in a Season!

After collecting three elemental cores and bringing them to a nuclear bomb case within 27 minutes, players must then insert the cores and defend the bomb while it arms.

Champion's Quest in Warzone

All other players are warned about the incoming explosion, and are tasked with getting to the bomb and defusing it.

After a 2-minute countdown hits zero, a nuclear explosion occurs and the squad who built the nuke are awarded a ‘Champion’s Domination.’

In the past, players who successfully completed the Champion’s Quest were rewarded with special Operator Skins, Calling Cards, Emblems, Charms, and more.

Apparition Skin in Warzone

What’s more, a series of unique Blueprints were given out, with several seasons having their own Blueprint on offer.

Now, the Champion’s Quest returns in Warzone Season 1 Reloaded ‘with fresh rewards for those brave and strategic enough to complete it – or steal it…’

Night Vision Gulag

NVG doesn’t just stand for Night-Vision Goggles anymore, as now the Gulag will occasionally be dropping the lights.

In the new Night Vision Gulag, players will occasionally find that the 1v1 for their freedom is plunged into darkness.

Night Vision Goggles in Call of Duty

At this point, both contenders will equip themselves with a set of goggles for a different take on the challenging duel to the death.

The Boys Are Back

Those who are a fan of Amazon Prime’s The Boys series are in luck, as Homelander, Starlight, and Black Noir will return to the COD Store in Season 1 Reloaded.

What’s more, two new superhero skins, A-Train and Firecracker, will be making their debut in Call of Duty.

A-Train and Firecracker in MW3

Longtime The Boys fans will recognize A-Train, but Firecracker is a brand-new character who will feature in the show’s upcoming fourth season. The real question is: where’s our Butcher skin?

Major Balance Patch

And of course we can’t forget about the major balance patch that’s set to arrive with Season 1 Reloaded. In an attempt to balance the meta, we expect Activision to nerf the likes of Warzone’s best meta loadouts.

Expect heavy nerfs to guns such as the WSP Swarm, BAS-B, and RAM-7, while more underwhelming weapons will likely get a buff.

Raven Software hasn’t revealed exactly what changes it’ll be making just yet, but we’ll update this article as more is revealed!

Make sure to check out the full Warzone Season 1 Reloaded blog!

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