A deluge of new information for Call of Duty: Warzone's upcoming Season 5 has hit the airwaves today, but not in the expected fashion. Instead of any official announcements, a streamer appears to have received a package from Activision which promotes the upcoming season in the battle royale game.
This streamer is nickmercs, and as noted by the @ModernWarzone Twitter account (and first reported on by VideoGamesChronicle), they received a USB drive from Activision. Featured on this mysterious USB stick was a very brief teaser for Warzone's upcoming season.
The teaser seems to let several new bits of information slip. Firstly, Season 5 of Warzone is set to begin on August 5. Secondly, the USB stick itself was supplied in a miniature Rook chess piece, which you might remember was the nickname of a character back in Modern Warfare 2. Could this be a teaser for the next Operator character introduced to Warzone?
Next, there are several new additions to the Warzone map, including a huge football stadium and a moving train. You can pretty clearly hear the horn of the moving train in the teaser footage from nickmercs.
This actually falls in line with a report from VideoGamesChronicle earlier this month in July, which claimed that big changes were coming to Warzone's map in Season 5. The report also claimed that the battle royale map would begin to slowly unveil the next Call of Duty, set to release later this year in 2020, which has yet to be confirmed by Activision.
Additionally, a previous report indicated that the name of 2020's game would be Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. More recently, a mysterious shooter from Activision called The Red Door appeared on both the Microsoft Store and the PlayStation Store Database, the files of which point to it being an alpha for the unconfirmed 2020 Call of Duty. There's precious few months left until Call of Duty traditionally releases in the year, but we're still waiting to hear anything official from Activision.