Call of Duty

'Warzone Pacific' Era Set to Kick Off With New Caldera Map on Dec. 2

"Lush forests and rocky crags. White sand beaches and mysterious ruins. And a dormant volcano that towers over the 200-plus points of interest."
"Lush forests and rocky crags. White sand beaches and mysterious ruins. And a dormant volcano that towers over the 200-plus points of interest." / Photo courtesy of Activision

With the days counting down until the re-relaunch of Season One, Activision and Raven Software are gearing up to user in a new "era" for their hit battle royale mode starting with a title change — Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific.

Here's a breakdown of what we know so far about just exactly what the Warzone Pacific Era will entail, specifically with its upcoming Caldera map which will replace the longtime flagship battlefield Verdansk.

When Season One of Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone Pacific kicks off on Dec. 2, fans of the battle royale should reportedly expect to see a new Battle Pass system, two new free functional weapons, the Ricochet Anti-Cheat’s Kernel-Level Driver rollout and the brand-new Caldera map.

With dense forests, sandy beaches, mysterious ruins and a dormant volcano, Activision says that the only true similarity between Caldera and Verdansk is its scale. Caldera is said to be roughly the same size as Verdansk when it replaces it in Season One.

Caldera is being built on the same tech and engine as Call of Duty: Vanguard, as Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games look to make the integration between the two titles as seamless as possible for newer armaments.

Finally, after countless rumors and speculation, it's been confirmed that planes will indeed be coming to Warzone Pacific as Caldera will feature biplanes and anti-air (AA) trucks to add an increasing emphasis on aerial combat.

Additionally, Warzone Pacific will feature a Vanguard Royale mode and Vanguard Plunder mode in its playlists. As their names suggests, they will be intended to showcase all new content from the Season One update onwards, as only Vanguard weaponry can be used in loadouts.

This limit streamlines the meta, granting new players an opportunity to jump in without facing fully maxed-out loadouts right at launch. It also grants room for experimentation with these new weapons, giving the most hardcore community meta prophets a place to focus on the future for a winning loadout.

The Warzone Pacific Season One update will indeed honor players' progression from Black Ops Cold War and Modern Warfare as those with previously earned Warzone content can use what they’ve acquired after Vanguard’s integration in the same format as when BOCW came to Warzone.

Warzone Pacific will also continue to fully support optimized cross-play, cross-progression and cross-gen support, as well as be free to play.

However, at the launch of Caldera on Dec. 2, owners of Call of Duty: Vanguard will have 24 hours of exclusive access to the new Warzone Pacific map. In the meantime, Rebirth Island will remain live for those without Vanguard until Caldrea is opened up to all on Dec. 3.