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Secret changes in Warzone’s Season 5 update: Keycards, Buy Station, more

Published: 9/Aug/2020 12:01

by Daniel Cleary


Call of Duty players have found some hidden changes following Warzone and Modern Warfare’s Season 5 update that were not included in the patch notes.

The release of Modern Warfare’s Season 5 has introduced many major changes to Warzone with two new unlockable weapons, Stadium finally opening up and much more.


However, after logging in to try the new season, players have come across some adjustments that were not disclosed for the patch on August 6. Here are all of the secret changes we know so far.

Buy Station price changes in Season 5

After collecting cash from the buildings of Verdansk, Buy Stations let Warzone players spend their money on killstreaks and equipment which can give them a huge advantage in-game.


One of the Buy Station’s most popular features allows you to trade some of this cash for a teammate’s return and it seems as if this, along with the self-revive kit, has been made cheaper for Season 5.

The buy-back feature and self-revive kit would have previously set you back $4500 but Infinity Ward has now dropped the price to $4000 for each, making it a bit easier to pick up these survival tools.

Warzone player buying items from buy station
Infinity Ward
The prices for self revive kits and teammate respawns have changed for Season 5.

Warzone’s Gulag Weapons update

The iconic Gulag also received some secret changes during Warzone’s recent patch and, although it was announced that they would be introducing new weapon rotations, it was not revealed just which guns would be added for the first week of Season 5.


For week 1, those unlucky enough to be sent to the Gulag will be given either shotguns or pistols for their 1v1 fight but these guns will rotate every week between four different weapon sets.

warzone character holding a shotgun in the gulag
Infinity Ward
Shotguns and Pistols are the first Gulag weapons in Season 5.

Bunkers and Keycards return to Warzone

Keycards and bunkers have quietly been made available in Warzone again, so you can collect some high tier loot with the help of the blue and red keycards.

The new blue keycards have actually been revealed to play a part in Warzone’s Stadium easter egg and can open the locked doors inside this updated point-of-interest.


Players are also finding red access cards all across the map, which can get you into almost all of the loot vaults, as bunker 11 still requires you to gather codes from the phones.

red access cards in Warzone
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Keycards have returned to Warzone in Season 5.

Call of Duty 2020 in-game teasers

The final, and perhaps most bizarre, one of these hidden changes appears to be a teaser for the next Call of Duty title, rumored to be named ‘Black Ops Cold War’.


Some Warzone players have reported a strange glitch appearing on their screen while playing, displaying a message that reads “Know your history” in English and “Doomed to repeat it in Russian.

As of now, it is unclear what this hidden message means but it appears as if more teasers are on the way to Warzone, following leaks claiming that the Gulag would be next to provide some clues.

Know your history screen in Warzone
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Warzone teaser for Call of Duty’s 2020 title.

These are all of the secret changes that have been found so far in Warzone Season 5, but as it is still early following the latest patch we will be sure to update you with any new discoveries.

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What’s included in the Black Ops Cold War Beta: modes, bonus unlocks, more

Published: 13/Oct/2020 18:40 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 18:44

by Tanner Pierce


The Black Ops Cold War Beta is finally here. Download links are now live for those who pre-ordered the game digitally and Treyarch has released some new information about what the pre-release version is going to include. Here’s everything you need to know.

After Activision and Treyarch gave fans on PlayStation 4 a small glimpse of Black Ops Cold War during open Alpha, which ran only for one weekend and included a handful of content, the game’s Beta is now in full swing


Prior to the Beta’s launch, Treyarch released a lot of information about what would be included, such as the brand new mode that will be available during this pre-release period.

Cold War Beta modes

The modes that Treyarch are including with the Open Beta are similar to those found in the Open Alpha. That being said, there are two major additions that players of the latter didn’t get a chance to experience yet.


The first is VIP Escort, which tasks players with protecting and bringing a specially designated player from one side of the map to the other, without being killed. Players can be downed in this mode, similar to Warzone, and scorestreaks are disabled.

In addition, players will also be able to play the new 40-player mode Fireteam: Dirty Bomb. Information about this mode is scarce, however, we do know that it will pit four teams of 10 players against one another in a fight for uranium on a large scale map.

  • Team Deathmatch
  • Kill Confirmed
  • Domination
  • Combined Arms Domination
  • VIP Escort
  • Combined Arms Assault
Cartel map in Black Ops Cold War
The Black Ops Cold War Beta debuted a new multiplayer map called Cartel


There were a total of five maps during the BOCW Alpha, so all of them are expected to also be available during the Beta. Furthermore, Treyarch have announced that a new one called Cartel will also be added to the mix for both 6v6 and 12v12 modes.

  • New: Cartel (6v6 & 12v12)
  • Satellite (6v6)
  • Miami (6v6)
  • Moscow (6v6)
  • Armada (12v12)
  • Crossroads (12v12)

FOV Slider & Ping system

For the first time ever, a Call of Duty game will feature a FOV slide on both PC and console, as announced by Treyarch. This will allow players to adjust their field of view in order to get a wider look at their surroundings at all times.

“We’re extremely excited to bring the Field of View (FOV) slider feature to all platforms for the first time in a Black Ops game, and you’ll be able to try it out during the Beta,” the devs wrote.

FOV slider in Black Ops Cold War
For the first time ever, an FOV slider is coming to console in Black Ops Cold War!

That’s not the only thing making its CoD debut, at least as far as multiplayer is concerned. Black Ops Cold War will also see a Ping system added to MP for the first time, giving players a way to non-verbally communicate with each other.


Users will be able to “ping objectives, loot, locations, and enemies” for teammates during a match, which had been the case in Warzone but never in a Call of Duty multiplayer.

More details about how these two new additions will work can be found in our FOV Slider and Ping system guide here.


SMG Blueprint

Activision has announced that players who get to level 10 during the beta will receive a free blueprint when the game releases.

Unlike the Alpha, players will be able to level up in a progression system that’s designed exclusively for this version.

Treyarch explains: “Players can progress and rank up in the Beta-specific leveling system where loadout items, including new weaponry, covert spy tech through Field Upgrades, and badass Scorestreaks can be unlocked by earning XP.”

Like every other CoD beta, there are rewards that you can earn for the full game. If players are able to reach level 10 at any point during the beta, they’ll receive a free Mutual Animosity Blueprint for the Type 821, which is the weapon most comparable to the Uzi in previous games.

The Black Ops Cold War Beta is set to include two new modes: Fireteam Dirty Bomb and VIP Escort.


Treyarch previously announced the beta schedule, however, they once again clarified when everyone will be able to get their hands on it. Fans are currently able to pre-load the beta on PS4 and players on other platforms will be able to do so on October 13, 2020.

  • Weekend 1
    • October 8-9: PS4 early access
    • October 10-12: PS4 Open Beta
  • Weekend 2
    • October 15-16: PS4, Xbox One, PC early access
    • October 17-19: Open Beta for all platforms

As for what’s changing between the Alpha and the Beta, Treyarch released a massive set of patch notes on October 7 detailing all of the adjustments and improvements they’ve made since the game’s previous build.

All in all, this seems like a pretty packed Beta. Between the new Fireteam mode and the grind for max level, players should have a lot to do over the next couple of weekends.