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The Season 5 update for Call of Duty: Warzone and Vanguard is upon us.
Activision announced the season’s release date earlier today. Fans will see the main Season 5 update arrive on Aug. 24, with smaller updates going live in Vanguard and Warzone shortly before then. The season is called “Last Stand” and sees the return of Seraph, Menendez, and Rorke, three villains from previous Call of Duty titles. The timeline of these villains and the World War II setting of Vanguard/Warzone Pacific doesn’t add up, but Activision has likely thrown the timeline out for Season 5.
Speaking of, this season will be the last one for the current iteration of Warzone and Vanguard.
Legends never die – and that includes legendary villains 😈
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) August 18, 2022
The final season of Warzone and Vanguard is approaching
This was long thought to be the most likely outcome.
Activision has made it no secret how poorly Vanguard has performed over the course of the last nine months. The game has also dragged down revenue from Warzone, as reported in Activision’s quarterly finance reports from 2022. It seems like Activision is trying to put Vanguard to bed as quickly as possible to make room for the upcoming Modern Warfare 2.
Given its name and history with the Call of Duty community, Modern Warfare 2 is projected to outperform Vanguard in nearly every way. Given this prediction, it’s no wonder why Activision wants to start promoting it far earlier than any other new COD title. Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer will be mostly revealed at Call of Duty Next on Sept. 15, with a multiplayer beta following one day after. Warzone 2 will also be further revealed at this event.
Season 5 will have a mid-season Reloaded update in Warzone and Vanguard, but it’s unknown when. Since MW2 is still over two months away, we would imagine that Activision would release some additional content to keep fans busy. Modern Warfare 2 releases on Oct. 28, so a mid-season update would likely arrive after the MW2 multiplayer beta concludes in late September. All of this is conjecture, however, so take it with a pinch of salt.
Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.