Call of Duty Mobile Season 9 Nightmares: Return of zombies, new

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(Pocket-lint) – Call of Duty Mobile Season 9 will soon be on us as we move into the closing section of Season 8. 

You’ll recall that the numbering of seasons was reset with Season 1, New Order, rather than having Season 14. The next season for 2021 will be Season 9.

Here’s everything you need to know about the next Season of Call of Duty Mobile.

When will CoD Mobile Season 9 start?

The next season of Call of Duty Mobile will start on 21 September at 5pm PT – so that’s 22 September for much of the planet.

What to expect from Season 9

Season 9 sees a transition from some of the summer gameplay into some of the autumnal – and we have the return of Halloween, which means the return of Halloween Standoff, which is always a bit of fun. There’s likely to be themed content to support Halloween too. It’s no surprise that the new season is called Nightmares. Of course, there will be a Trick or Treat event to celebrate Halloween.

New maps

After the Blackout BR map landed in Season 8, don’t expect any big battle royale changes for some time. Instead we’re looking at new maps for multiplayer.

Confirmed is Hovec Sawmill, which we’ve previously seen in Modern Warfare (2019).

Hovec Sawmill has indoor and outdoor areas and it will be a night map – there’s also plenty of open spaces so it’s a good map for snipers.

As we said, Halloween Standoff is also coming back for the season. There’s also the tease of a surprise, but we’re yet to spot exactly what that surprise will be.

New game modes

Not technically new, but we’re going to see the return of zombies which made its debut in Season 7. Activision originally said the mode was “paused” for Season 8 – and you’ll already see the tab for it which is currently locked in the lobby.

Not a new game mode, but there is a new Battle Royale class – Pumped – which will give you a quick jump boost so you can leap into the air.

There will be a 10v10 Pumpkin Confirmed event.

We’ll also see the Drop Zone multiplayer mode. This will see you have to dominate a zone, a little like hardpoint, but you only earn scorestreaks if you’re in the zone – and you get more points for having more team members in the zone.

New weapons

There are two new weapons landing in Season 9. The Swordfish is a bullpup rifle which fires four round bursts.

Thumper is the nickname for the M79 grenade launcher which could be a great addition to the weapon selection.

There’s a new medic Operator Skill called TAK-5, which will allow you to restore the health of your team. This will be unlocked at Tier 14 of the battle pass.

There will also be a new tactical weapon, the Flash Drone, which is basically like a flying flashbang.

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What did Season 8 bring?

It’s the second anniversary of Call of Duty Mobile and there’s was a big refresh of the Battle Royale experience, with updates across the BR mode and a new BR map – Blackout. There were lots of updates in other areas, although Activision  worked to reduce the size of the download, saying it was reduced by 61 per cent.

New Maps

There’s a boost coming to Battle Royale in Season 8 of the mobile game with the addition of the Blackout map, from Black Ops 4. Activision has been running a series of teases, showing off parts of the Blackout map, but has also fully confirmed the addition.

The Blackout map features a range of locations that will already be familiar to players of the multiplayer modes – Raid, Firing Range, Nuketown Island, Cargo Docks have all featured as multiplayer levels and appear on this map. 

On the multiplayer front the Crash map has been updated visually, so it should look better when you go and play that map.

New game modes

There’s a change coming in Season 8, confirmed by Activision. That’s going to see Undead Siege – zombie mode – take a pause. That’s not going to be in Season 8, but there’s more content promised for Season 9.

There’s a lot of changes coming to Battle Royale, including a new Rally Car. There’s updates to the BR Classes, there are updates in gameplay, the health system, weapons, airdrops, backpacks, vehicles, wingsuit, and a whole lot more.

It’s were also various elements within the game to celebrate the second anniversary. There is an Anniversary Cake, Anniversary Puzzle event and a themed event called Counterattack.

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New Weapons 

We saw two new weapons in Season 8 – the R9-0 shotgun and the M13 assault rifle. 

The R9-0 shotgun is a high-ammo shotgun that can fire both barrels in quick succession, which is devastating. You’ll find this in the battle pass.

The M13 is an assault rifle with a high fire rate. You’ll earn this through a seasonal challenge.

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Everything that Season 7 added

Activision confirmed that zombies are staying – that feature is going to run for a little longer, so you’ll be getting some of that action through Season 7 as well.

New Maps

We’ve started to see some teasing for what to expect, with confirmation that Monastery is going to be added in Season 7.

The Monastery map first popped up in the Chinese beta  and there’s some gameplay that we can see thanks to YouTube. This map has also been on the public test build previously and now it looks like it’s set for Season 7.

The map is flagged as a multiplayer map.

There will also be a revamped version of Scrapyard. This will give things a new look, shifting over to the 2019 version of the map.

New Weapons

Activision has dropped a huge tease, showing off a huge range of weapons, some of which are in COD:M already and some are not, suggesting there are some gaps to be plugged.

There’s a couple of weapons here that aren’t included yet. One of those is the Hades, the LMG, and the second is a crossbow. Both of these have now been confirmed for inclusion. It’s also confirmed that there will be new items in the store and on the new battle pass when the season launches, which is no surprise.

These include new charms and cosmetics to make yourself stand out from the crowd. You can find out even more about what the new season is bringing on the Call of Duty blog, right here.

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A reminder of everything that landed in Season 6: The Heat

Season 6 started on 30 July, made a couple of introductions but also pushed the zombies storyline back into focus.

New maps

We’ve seen the new maps for Season 6 and Slums is coming. In the image tease below you can see a reflection of the statue in the central courtyard. Slums first appeared in Black Ops 2.

Previously it had been confirmed by the developers that the classic Nuketown map would be returning to the game. Through the winter months Nuketown Russia replaced the normal Nuketown map – with a name like The Heat, it’s time to defrost Nuketown and return to the original map – welcome back!

Stack – from Modern Warfare – has also made its way of CODM, this is a small map, so you’ll find it available for things like 1v1 matches.

New weapons

There’s are two new weapons coming in Season 6 of Call of Duty Mobile. 

The submachine gun is the MX9, adding to the wide selection already on offer. 

The sniper rifle is the Rytec AMR. This is a semi-automatic sniper rifle that’s .50 calibre. That means it’s great for one shot kills, but with a small magazine, you need to make sure you get that shot on target.

There will also be a machete and wrench as melee weapons – and there’s a drone swarm as a scorestreak.

New game modes

Some time ago, Activision confirmed that the zombies map, Shi No Numa, was returning to the Chinese version of the game – and that zombies will be returning to Call of Duty Mobile “later in the year”. It looks like Season 6 is that return.

If you remember, the zombies element was dropped in March 2020 – a year ago – with Activision saying at the time that it didn’t meet expectations.

There’s now been a short teaser video from Activision that points to zombies returning to Call of Duty Mobile.

This appears to be Sakura from the Battle Royale Isolated map, and it looks like we’re going to be getting a game mode called Undead Seige, according to CharlieIntel. This will be a battle royale game, where you have to survive for five days and nights. 

That’s where the turrets come in – from that blueprint tease we mentioned – as you’ll need to set up a defensive perimeter to survive. A new trailer has appeared showing off and confirming all these details.

Unique helmets and body items

There’s an older rumour that’s still out there – there are slots in the loadout of a recent beta where you could potentially change some elements of your character skin.

There are loads of backpacks, but the other slots have often not been used. In the 6 May Community Update, it was mentioned that these would be used in the next update, suggesting you’ll be able to get unique helmets and body items to customise your characters further – but so far we’ve not seen this happen.

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A reminder of what landed in CoD Mobile Season 5

There’s a water theme, with characters and of Battle Pass elements related to that, so it’s fitting that some of the new maps fit in with water – you’ve got a couple of docks incoming. 

New maps

The first big tease was bathed in sunset and was clearly a dock – and indeed it is, with the new Suldal Harbor map confirmed. This is a mid-sized map that’s designed for 5v5 and 10v10 gameplay, and you’ll find tight spaces, shipping crates and lots of CQB action. The Suldal Harbor map was in the original Call of Duty.

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The next teaser was for Docks, which was easily recognised and now confirmed.

This is clearly the MW19 Gunfight map set in London docks. It’s a small map.

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Moving along from the docks, we’re getting Aniyah Incursion, from Modern Warfare. This will let you see the luxurious interior of the palace with running battles through the various rooms, as well as in the surrounding grounds. It’s going to feature in 10v10 battles, as well as new Ground Mission mode and Attack of the Undead.

New weapons

There are two new weapons coming in Season 5.

Not much has been said about the first of these, but it’s the Shorty shotgun that you’ll be able to get through a seasonal challenge.

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The second weapon is the CR-56 AMAX and that has been confirmed and this will be unlocked in the free battle pass at Tier 21. 

While it’s not a weapon, there’s a new Operator Skill – the K9 Unit – which you’ll be able to unlock at Tier 14.

There will also be a Gung-Ho perk to bring a speed boost and better skills while sprinting. There’s also going to be a Time Traveler class in Battle Royale so you can jump back in time, which you can see working in the video below.

New game modes

The game modes will take a twist on some we’ve seen before. We’ve already spotted the return of 10v10 multiplayer, which is very welcomed, with those new maps also providing more grounds to play at on.

Cranked: Confirmed is exactly what it sounds like, Cranked and Kill Confirmed mashed together into a new game mode, while Ground Mission is a 10v10 version of Domination, with five capture points, which sounds pretty tricky.

The new themed event is Sea of Steel, where you’ll have to pick a side in the naval battle. As with other such events, it’s mostly about playing the game and then seeing what you get at the end thanks to the event.

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A reminder of what landed in Season 4

It has now been confirmed what’s coming to Season 4 of Call of Duty Mobile, which is called Spurned and Burned. It’s a Wild West theme, and there’s some tie-in with that with the introduction of a new Winchester action rifle (always associated with the Wild West), new 1v1 duels, as well as characters from the old West too, if that’s your thing.

On 20 May we saw the update for the game, and that brought in the 80s action heroes to get people started and for some fun between seasons.

80s action heroes

There’s been plenty of teasing around this, the introduction of 80s action heroes to Call of Duty – and not just Mobile, but Warzone, and Cold War too. The addition of Rambo was the first big tease and pretty obvious, but the second tease has been for John McClane from Die Hard. These arrived in the 20 May update, with both Rambo and John McClane available to buy in the store, as well as a game mode where you can become those characters for a brief time.

They’re very OP and it’s a bit of fun, but we suspect most who want those characters will end up paying for them.

New maps

The new confirmed map is Dome. This is a multiplayer map that was seen in Modern Warfare 3, a small map based around a Nato base, the dome being an old radar dome.

With the Nakatomi Plaza building shown on one of the teaser images – as well as the reference to glass from Die Hard – there’s some speculation that we could see something based around Nakatomi Plaza in Season 4, to give John McClane somewhere to show off his skills. This doens’t appear to be in the game, but the building is on the Verdansk map in Warzone.

New weapons

There are two new weapons coming in Season 4, both confirmed. That’s a new rifle and a new LMG. There’s also an update to Gunsmith, so you’ll see some pretty big changes there.

The LMG is the Holger 26, of which there will also be a Mythic version. The Holger 26 will come later in Season 4.

The new rifle is the MK2, a marksman rifle, which looks like it will be a lot of fun. It will be unlocked at Tier 21.

Not strictly a weapon, but there’s a new Scorestreak, the Hawk X3 which is another drone you can use to fly over your enemy and pepper them with gunfire. This will be unlocked at Tier 14.

There will also be a Heartbeat sensor you can equip to track your enemy and later in the season you’ll be able to earn a Sickle melee weapon in a featured event.

New game modes

The big addition in Season 4 will be Clan Wars. This is designed to boost the clan system on the game and get more people involved in clans. This will run alongside Ranked matches, with clans competing to win prizes and earning clan currency that can be spent in the clan store for special items.

There are also Wild West themed versions of other game modes, so Capture the Gold is basically Capture the Flag.

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A reminder of what landed in Call of Duty Season 3

Season 3 is now live and here’s everthing that it includes.

New weapons

It’s been confirmed that the PP19 Bizon will be making its way to Call of Duty Mobile. This is a popular SMG in PUBG Mobile, so it’s great to see it appearing in the mobile version of Call of Duty. The Bizon is best known for its high rate of fire and large magazine capacity, so is likely to be a winner on small maps in close combat.

This isn’t the only new weapon we’re expecting. It’s been confirmed that there will also be a new secondary weapon appearing in Season 3 and that pistol has been revealed.

It’s the Renetti, best known because it will fire three-round bursts with the right attachment. It’s a 9mm pistol and we can see it will be popular with those wanting a fast fire rate from a secondary weapon, although we suspect you’ll have to develop this weapon in Gunsmith to get the best from it.

On top of these new weapons, there will be an Overclock Perk, to increase the speed of Operator Skill recharges.

New maps

Confirmed for Season 3 is a new map called Coastal. This is a small map for multiplayer games and is currently in the Chinese version of CODM. It has been specifically designed for Search & Destroy multiplayer games.

There’s a mixture of indoor and outdoor locations in this map so should be great fun.

You’ll also note there’s a voiceover on this official tease. This is thought to be the voice of Hidora Kai, with some speculation that you’ll be able to get Kai on the free Battle Pass.

Season 3 of Call of Duty Mobile will also be bringing the Oasis map to the mobile game. It was first seen in Modern Warfare 3.

This is based around an upmarket hotel in Dubai.

New game modes

On the playlist for Season 3 is Swords & Stones and Night Mode 2.0. In Swords & Stones you’ll have melee weapons and grenades, to fit in with the Samuari theme. 

Night Mode will see the return of night vision goggles, although it looks like the twist here will be limited charge on those google.

A reminder of what was added for Call of Duty Mobile Season 2

New weapons

The AS VAL was added to the game. The AS VAL is a Russian rifle with an integrated supressor, designed for stealth but with big stopping power. It was first introduced in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The AS VAL is a free Battle Pass reward.

On top of the AS VAL, Season 2 introduced another marksman rifle – the SP-R 208, previously seen in Warzone. This is a popular weapon, because of the power and reload speed, while the bolt action is faster than most other bolt action rifles in the game. It should prove a popular choice for maps like Crossfire.

The SP-R 208 is an event reward, so you’ll have to complete all the challenges to add it to your armoury. 

On top of the new weapons, there’s also a new scorestreak – Napalm. You’ll be able to relive those Vietnam vibes with air support, raining fire on your enemies.

New maps

A new map was added – Shoot House. Again, this is a Modern Warfare map, designed for MP gaming. It’s a kill house, so designed for faster action.

Activision has published a full blog on the map, detailing the layout and some of the things to think about. It’s a small map designed for intensive play, but varied enough to provide plenty of fun options.

Shoot House will be available for Team Death Match, Domination, Hard Point, Kill Confirmed and more.

Shipment from Modern Warfare has joined Call of Duty: Mobile.

This replaced the Shipment 1944 map, although it might just be for a limited time.

The map is essentailly the same layout as the 1944 map, but the open containers at the top and bottom were straight in Modern Warfare rather than angled, meaning you can shoot right through. 

New game modes

On top of the new maps and weapons, there’s a new game mode – Gunfight Sniper. This will feature six players and six rounds, as snipers, but the listed maps are all small – Cage, Shipment, Pine, King, etc.

There’s also Tank Battle as a new model in battle royale. We’ve seen tanks in battle royale for some time, but things will be shifting gear for a lot more tank action.

This will be a ranked mode game and you’ll have to collect the components to create a tank – chassis, engine, armour, primary and secondary weapons. Of course, there’s a whole collection of anti-tank weapons too! There are three different tank blueprints.

A new Cargo Truck has also been added for battle royale.

A reminder of what was added for Call of Duty Mobile Season 1

Here’s a quick reminder of the additions for the Season 1:

  • New Original MP Map – Reclaim
  • New Characters – New Order-themed characters to be revealed at season launch
  • New Battle Royale Mode – Blitz (40-player mode)
  • New Operator Skill – Gravity Vortex Gun
  • New BR Class – Desperado
  • Two New Functional Weapons – Assault Rifle – FR .556, Marksman Rifle – SKS
  • New MP Modes – 3v3 Gunfight, 20-Player Attack of the Undead
  • Season 1: New Order Battle Pass – New characters, weapons, items and more
  • Marquee Event – Fight for Humanity
  • New Seasonal Challenges
  • Various UI updates, weapon balance, and gameplay optimizations

Writing by Chris Hall. Originally published on .

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