Call of Duty: Warzone's Season 5 Update Can Now Be Pre-Loaded

Call of Duty: Warzone's Season 5 Update Can Now Be Pre-Loaded

The launch time appears to be 11 p.m. PST tomorrow.

Call of Duty: Warzone/Modern Warfare has been pretty notorious over the past few months for some extensive downloads, with the total file size of the game on multiple platforms now sitting at over 200GB. There's another large update for Warzone today, but it actually pre-loads the upcoming Season 5.

Yesterday, a new download for Call of Duty: Warzone initiated on my PS4, weighing in at roughly 36GB. I'm no stranger to large downloads for Warzone, so I wrote it off as just another update, until I noticed the update isn't actually available to install until Wednesday, 7 a.m. BST (PST 11 p.m. on the Tuesday).

Looks like I'm all set to go for Season 5. | Hirun Cryer/USG

This is, coincidentally, the launch date for Warzone's Season 5. It seems as though this new patch is in fact Warzone's Season 5 update, and we're being allowed to pre-load it ahead of its launch late Tuesday night.

I don't remember a live service game like Warzone having done this before with updates that introduce new seasonal events. Other games like Fortnite and Apex Legends usually make their new season-launching updates available to download at the time the season kicks off, and you've never been able to pre-load a patch like this with either game.

This pre-loading patch is welcome news for those who have particularly slow internet speeds, letting us download the update ahead of time so we're not sitting around waiting for it on launch day. I'm interested to see if this is a tactic Fortnite or Apex Legends adopt in the future.

Warzone's Season 5 update will bring with it a brand-new Battle Pass as usual, as well as a new Operator (although there's no official word on who this is yet). There'll also be map changes to Verdansk, as Activision has been teasing for a good while now.

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