Call of Duty adds snowball fight mode, winter map and double XP in new update


CALL of Duty is getting a major update just in time for Christmas with new game modes and double XP aplenty.
Activision has revealed all the festive treats you can enjoy, and we’ve rounded up the key info below.

Call of Duty’s Snowfight mode will see you hurling snowballs at enemies to win the game

Call of Duty Christmas patch Snowfight and Drop Zone modes

The first new game mode is called Snowfight, and is only available until December 31 at 6pm UK time (10am PT).

In the true winter spirit, Snowfight is one giant snowball fight.

Players cast aside their guns and eliminate each other by hurling snowballs across the holiday-themed Winter Docks map.

There’s also a new multiplayer mode called Drop Zone.

The new Drop Zone mode rewards you with killstreaks for blasting enemies from the objective

It’s designed to reward players additionally if they play the objective rather than simply hunting for kills.

In Drop Zone, the only way to earn Killstreaks is to continually hold the drop zone to have a Care Package delivered to your location.

Like Snowfight, Drop Zone is only available until the end of the year.

Call of Duty Christmas update Double XP event

Perhaps the most festive of all treats a Double XP event is also arriving for battle-wearied gamers.

You’ll now get twice the amount of XP you would normally earn for a limited time over Christmas.

The Double XP event runs from December 24 at 6pm UK time (1oam PT) right through to the same time on December 27.

Activision is also offering a Double Tier earn rate, and will follow the event with a tier sale for people looking to progress their Battle Pass.

The new Winter Docks map is full of festive cheer and frosty foes

Call of Duty update what else is new?

Here are some of the changes being made to Call of Duty.


  • Fix for a bug where players were unable to swap Field Upgrades after selecting Field upgrade Pro
  • Added a new menu that allows players to launch a specific Trial
  • Friend Request & Party Invite Notifications options will be set to enabled by default. Players can disable that option through the Account tab of the Options menu
  • Fixed an issue where Care Packages could fall through the roof of various buildings in Port


  • Footsteps: reduced audible range of 3rd person footsteps
  • Increased occlusion on footsteps
  • Adjusted various foley sounds that played at a larger range than footsteps during ADS/crouch movements

Special Ops:

  • Added the reward players could earn if completing an Operation within the playlist menu
  • Fix for rank up UI splashes not working as intended

Call of Duty League:

  • Adjustment to spawns for Hardpoint
  • Reduced lethality of non-car explosives

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In other news, Call of Duty recently added six new maps including three franchise classics.

Sony’s PS5 is out next year and has beentipped to cost over 450.

And find out why the PS5 could bethe last console you ever own.

Will you be playing Call of Duty this festive season? Let us know in the comments!