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Warzone Year 1 Recap: All Events, Map Changes & More

Call of Duty: Warzone is one of the most influential releases of the last year - here's a full recap of Year 1.

Warzone is one of the biggest battle royale titles on the market. With over 85 million players dropping into Verdansk, it's been a fantastic year for Activision and fans alike.

It's not always been smooth sailing for Warzone, but there's something about the game that players just can't get enough of. No matter how many unpopular changes, game-breaking bugs, overpowered weapons, and Pay-to-Win skins come to the title, players continue to log on every day.

Right now, Warzone fans say cheating is worse than ever in the game. But despite this fact, the game is still incredibly popular.

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That's certainly due to Warzone's excellent core gameplay. Taking the well-received Modern Warfare engine and building a unique battle royale experience around it was a stroke of genius.

Now, as we head into the second year of Warzone's lifespan, let's take a look back at a recap of Year 1.

But which weapon meta was most dominant in Warzone's first year?

Warzone Year 1 Recap: Everything You Missed

Warzone Release Day

After a handful of leaks and rumors, Call of Duty officially released a trailer for its Warzone battle royale on March 9, 2020.

The footage reveals that the free-to-play title would release the following day, March 10, alongside Plunder and Battle Royale mode.

In the first 24 hours alone, Warzone was downloaded by over 6 million players. Activision would soon announce that, just 4 days later, the player count had hit 15 million.

Warzone's First Battle Pass - Season 3

When Call of Duty: Warzone first released, players were already enjoying Modern Warfare's new battle pass system. This was a refreshing change of pace for those who were used to the microtransaction-heavy Call of Duty series.

Although Season 2 was active at the time of the Warzone launch, the game truly came into its own with Season 3. The first battle pass to release with Warzone content in mind, Season 3 introduced new Operator Alex, alongside the SKS and Renetti.

Warzone Season 3 also brought the popular Warzone Quads to the game. And recently, a group of pro players broke the Warzone kill record in this very game mode.

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Warzone Season 4

Warzone Season 4 introduced some excellent new content to the battle royale, including a 200 player LTM. The season also came with the Fennec SMG, CR-56 Assault Rifle, and Rytex AMR as brand-new weapons.

It was also the first time we saw the Spotter Scope and the iconic Supply Run contract.

On top of that, Juggernaut Royale became an interesting Limited-Time Mode, although Warzone players grew to hate the Juggernaut.

And speaking of unpopular additions, Warzone Season 4: Reloaded also added this Pay-to-Win Operator. But fan-favorite Captain Price also made an appearance, much to the appreciation of Call of Duty players everywhere.

Thankfully, there's a creative way to counter the all-black Warzone skin here. But when it comes to countering the overpowered Kali Sticks in Warzone, players are still figuring that one out.

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Warzone Season 5

On August 5, players were introduced to Warzone Season 5, bringing the first major map changes to the battle royale title. In this update, the Verdansk Stadium roof was destroyed, allowing players access to a new area.

READ MORE: Find Out Your Personal Warzone Stats for Year One Here!

What's more, this was the season where the Warzone train first began operation around the map. The interior of the Train Station was also made available for combat.

And thanks to new Exterior Ascenders, players could zip up buildings in a matter of seconds, changing the meta of the game entirely.

New Operators Lerch, Morte, and Velikan made their debut in Season 5, alongside the AN-94, ISO, FINN LMG, and Dual Kodachis. Mini Royale also added a refreshing change of pace to the standard Battle Royale experience.

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Black Ops Cold War's Reveal

On August 26, Warzone players found only one playlist available, a mode named 'Know Your History.' Here, we finally saw the reveal of Black Ops Cold War, Treyarch's upcoming title.

At the time, we didn't know that Warzone would soon be merging with Cold War, but we did enjoy a small story told inside Verdansk. What's more, this event concluded with the world premiere of the Black Ops Cold War trailer.

Fans couldn't wait to see more, even though many would eventually hate Warzone's Cold War integration.

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Warzone Season 6

The final Modern Warfare major update, Warzone Season 6 made headlines with a new underground Subway System in Verdansk.

New Operators Farah and Nikolai made an appearance, alongside Warzone's best sniper - the SP-R 208. The AS VAL also came to the game, alongside the Butterfly Knife melee weapon.

But what really turned heads was the Haunting of Verdansk Halloween event. Not only did we get a night variant of Verdansk, but there were some major Warzone jumpscares that were literally killing players.

Jigsaw and Leatherface both came to Warzone in this update, bringing some iconic villainy to the battle royale. And the undead began to walk...

In the Zombie Royale mode, the living dead appeared in Warzone for the first time. This mode was so popular that fans wanted Zombie Royale to be a permanent addition to Warzone.

However, now zombies are heading out into the Warzone map once again!

Warzone Season 6 Update
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Warzone & Black Ops Cold War Season 1

In the first crossover between Warzone and a second Call of Duty title, Black Ops Cold War Season 1 brought masses of new content to the battle royale game.

This included the new Rebirth Island Warzone map, as well as over a dozen new Operators. All the Black Ops Cold War weapons also made the transition, which proved more popular in theory than in practice.

After all, this major meta change brought with it Warzone's most overpowered weapon of all time, which went without nerfs for weeks.

Since then, some Warzone players have petitioned to remove all Cold War guns from the game.

Cold War and Warzone Season 1 also introduced 2 new Gulag experiences to the battle royale. But fans want the original Warzone Gulag to return.

Black Ops Cold War Warzone Season 1
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Warzone & Black Ops Cold War Season 2

And finally, we arrive at Black Ops Cold War & Warzone's Season 2. The new update came alongside a new Resurgence Extreme Warzone mode, and introduced several new weapons to the game.

The FARA 83, LC10, Machete, and more are joining the roster, with the E-TOOL, R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow, ZRG 20MM coming later. Learn more about Cold War Season 2's new weapons here!

This is also the season where zombies began to arrive in Verdansk for a second time. Only this time, leaks suggest that the incoming Plague Mode will lead to the Warzone map being destroyed.

Black Ops Cold War Season 2
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What's Coming Next: Warzone & Black Ops Cold War Season 3

But what's next for Warzone and its new Black Ops Cold War storyline? Thankfully, we won't have to wait to find out.

Due to a series of incoming leaks, we know that a new Warzone map is coming soon, following the Year 1 conclusion This will be the first time in a year that we're able to experience an entirely new full-scale battle royale map.

Warzone Season 2 Update
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However, it looks like Warzone will be saying goodbye to Verdansk for good. Thanks to the sheer size of Warzone's files, there's no way that two maps could fit on a standard console hard drive, after all.

After that, it appears that Call of Duty 2021 will also integrate with Warzone on release. We can only hope that this time around, Raven Software is able to get the balance correct.

Here's when Warzone & Black Ops Cold War Season 3 will release! And Activision is already teasing what's coming in Warzone Year 2...

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