Prepare for the latest Call of Duty season with a recap of everything you need to know before launch and file sizes for both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone updates across all platforms.
Tonight, those with Warzone will receive their update between 9-11 PM PST, officially kicking off Season Two with all content becoming available in both games.
Recap of Season Two Pre-Launch Intel
Battle Pass and Store Intel: This announcement blog hints at some of the content included in this upcoming season’s Battle Pass and Bundles, which received its own special article and laid out the first two weeks of Featured Store bundles. These 100 new Tiers include a fresh, yet shrouded face for the Warsaw Pact, the ruthless Lao warlord “Naga,” who received a dedicated biographical post that dives deeper into his criminal organization.
Zombies Outbreak and Meta Intel: Out of all the new content coming in Season Two, one experience is poised to break ground within Black Ops Cold War: Outbreak. A large-scale Zombies experience set across massive regions throughout the Ural Mountains, Outbreak received its very own intel drop earlier this week. After learning more about this new experience, see how you can make use of the two new Aetherium Crystal types you’ll earn through this article on every Skill Tier IV and V upgrade that is poised to change the Zombies meta.
Free Trial Intel: If you’re excited about Outbreak, but don’t own Black Ops Cold War, then you’re in luck; Free Access Week begins tomorrow for Outbreak and Multiplayer.
Season Two: File Size and Download Instructions
Please note that the Season Two update will have a download size of approximately 10.5 – 26.5 GB for owners of the full version of Black Ops Cold War, and 16.2 – 20.8 GB for owners of the free-to-play Warzone, who are up to date with the latest updates on either (or both) games.
Black Ops Cold War Update Sizes
PlayStation 5: 18.0 GB
PlayStation 4: 10.5 GB
Xbox One Series X / Xbox One Series S: 26.5 GB
Xbox One: 15.3 GB
PC: 13.7 GB
Warzone Update Sizes
PlayStation 5: 17.0 GB
PlayStation 4: 17.0 GB
Xbox One Series X / Xbox One Series S: 17.9 GB
Xbox One: 17.9 GB
PC: 16.9 GB (Warzone Only) / 20.8 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare)
PlayStation 4 Players: File Size and Making Space
Those who own a standard PlayStation 4 with a default hard drive of 500 GB may need to make room if they have the full versions of Modern Warfare®/Warzone and Black Ops Cold War with all modes and packs installed.
Should you have both games installed and have kept up to date with updates, you may need to delete some unused Game Content to have a successful download and install of the Warzone patch tonight.
Here’s how you can do that in both games:
- Black Ops Cold War: At the main menu, press R3 to go to “File Management.” You will then be able to delete any content you may not have played in a while. The exact content to choose can be found in the Storage Management article linked below.
- Modern Warfare/Warzone: At the main menu, press Options, select the “General” tab, then scroll down to “Game Installs.” From here, you can delete any content you have not played in a while.
No matter which platform you play on, remember that the Warzone download is not necessary if you are only playing Black Ops Cold War and vice versa. Furthermore, players can choose to uninstall/remove other data packs if they are no longer needed for a smaller overall file size.
PC Players: New Patching Process Intel
On Battle.net, Black Ops Cold War and Warzone have a new patching process (introduced for the Season One Reloaded update to Black Ops Cold War) that will keep updates smaller and reduce overall file size growth as both games evolve. However, this new process includes a copying phase that requires additional hard drive space, which is immediately reclaimed upon completion and is not an additional download.
When this update begins, you will see the word “Copying” over the progress bar along with a different file size number than what is listed above. This initial file size is not the update being download, but rather files being copied over.
For Warzone, this copying file size is 26 GB for non-Modern Warfare owners and 28 GB for those that own Modern Warfare. For Black Ops Cold War, the copying file size is 30.85 GB.
After this process is complete, the actual patch download will begin. The space used by the copied files on the disk will be reclaimed after the patch is downloaded and the game is playable again.