Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Update 1.09 Adds Two Spec Ops Missions

By Sean Carey,
A big update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has rolled out today. There is plenty go over in the patch notes including numerous bug fixes and quality of life improvements. However, the main focal point for achievement hunters here is the addition of two new Spec Ops missions.


"Harbinger" and "Brimstone" are two new Spec Ops missions that have been added with update 1.09. The "Liberation" achievement requires you to complete all Spec Ops missions. Before the update, there were four missions (HEADHUNTER, KUVULDA, PALADIN and CROSSWIND), and many TA members were unlocking the achievement. Now we have six missions to finish, so potentially these two new Operations have made the achievement considerably harder to unlock. We haven't been able to confirm this in the office, however, and the achievement might still unlock after completing the original four, although this is just speculation. We've reached out to Infinity Ward to clarify.

Call of Duty: Modern WarfareLiberationThe Liberation achievement in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare worth 311 pointsComplete all Special Ops missions.

Also in the patch notes, the three-star rating system for spec ops is back. Each time you complete a mission, you will now be graded and will receive XP, and multiplayer unlocks, depending on how quickly you can clear each mission. A classic Special Ops mission has also been added (Classic Special Ops missions do not count towards the Liberation achievement).

For multiplayer, Gun Game has been added and a new Realism playlist for the game modes Domination, Hardpoint, Headquarters and Kill Confirmed.

Footstep volume has also had another adjustment, a new always sprint option has been added, and the Dead Silence Field Upgrade has also had a fix and now stays active for the correct amount of time.

The list of patch notes is pretty extensive, we've included them below.

Whats new:
  • Special Operations: “Harbinger” and “Brimstone”
  • Classic Special Operations: “Door Kick”, 3 Star Rating System and Rewards
  • 3-star rating system (based on time completed)
  • XP & MP unlocks based on your star rating after finishing a game.


  • Realism Moshpit (Domination, Hardpoint, Headquarters, Kill Confirmed)
  • Gun Game


  • Fix for a bug where a player could spawn without a character model when spawning in on a friendly vehicle
  • Fixes for various exploits across all maps and modes
  • Fix for an issue where copying an opposing players loadout was also copying their killstreaks
  • Fix for the After-Action report not displaying newly acquired awards
  • Fix for player rank icons not appearing on the scoreboard
  • Shortened the amount of time an execution animation plays
  • Accessibility: Added the option to Always Sprint
  • Footsteps: Adjusted volume and sound type played for crouch walk and walking while Aiming Down Sights
  • Dead Silence: Fix for the Dead Silence Field Upgrade not lasting the correct amount of time when CDL rules are enabled
  • Fix for nameplates being visible in a certain location on Piccadilly
  • Updates to the obituary (killfeed); removed “Avenged” and “Save Player”, play of the game owner, and player rank increases
  • Fix for players being able to join a match even though they’ve been blocked
Private Match:
  • Added the option to disable the spawn camera
  • Fix for a bug where the ‘Starting Flags Captured’ private match option was not functioning as intended
  • Fix for the bomb screen appearing blank when defusing or planting the bomb in Search and Destroy with Realism enabled. Added bomb carrier indicator.
  • Fixed an issue where selected killstreaks would revert to the previous selection mid-match
  • Fix where players using the Shield Turret killstreak could see through smoke at certain angles with the side panels of the turret

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  • Dead Silence: Fix for the Dead Silence Field Upgrade not lasting the correct amount of time when CDL rules are enabled
  • Thermal scopes are now able to see through smoke grenades
  • Added the option to disable the spawn camera
  • Fixed an issue where the mount interaction prompt was disappearing when planting or diffusing the bomb in Search and Destroy
1 Life Mode Fixes:
  • Fix for camera getting stuck on the death location when transitioning to spectate
  • Fix for the weapon not animating when sprinting at the beginning of the round
Infantry Assault Vehicle:
  • Reduced damage radius and lethality of the turret
Progression/Challenges/Missions Fixes:
  • Cleaned up and updated descriptions for various challenges
  • Officer Challenge: “Heads Up”
  • “Destroy Vehicles with Launchers”
  • “Doing Work”
  • “Aggression”
  • “Expert Gunsmith”
  • “One Trick Pony”
  • Fix for Decoy Grenade showing a red blinking light for both allies and enemies
  • Slightly brightened the player outline when using the Snapshot Grenade

Single Player:

  • Fix for a bug that could cause an error when selecting a mission
  • Spotter: perk was not marking equipment, Field Upgrades, or Killstreaks through walls in FFA. Fix for Spotter perk not marking UAVs and slightly brightened outlines
  • E.O.D: Fix for players losing HUD elements after hacking an enemy claymore in certain scenarios
  • Fix for the “Quick Fix” perk not giving faster regeneration when earning kills with the throwing knife.
  • Fix for the “Amped” perk not stowing the Riot Shield as quickly as it should


  • Fix for rocket launcher camos not unlocking or tracking properly
  • Fix for the Model 860 camos not unlocking or tracking properly
  • FN SCAR 17: slight increase in ADS time, reduction to barrel and bipod grip penalties
  • Fix for a white placeholder box appearing when levelling up a weapon and unlocking new attachments
  • Added descriptions to all optics that have scope glint
  • Fixed an issue where the P90 + FFS Ring Sight would create a scope glint
  • Thermal scopes are now able to see through smoke grenades
  • Fix for charms not appearing where they should on various weapons
Leaderboards/Combat Records:
  • Fixed a bug where selecting “All” would sometimes kick the player back to the main menu
  • Added CTF and Hardpoint into Combat Records
Audio: Voice chat options:
  • No Effect – default voice chat. No additional effects or EQ adjustments
  • Stealth Comms – Bring the immersion of the Campaign into Multiplayer with added SAS radio effects to voice chat
  • Classic Chatter – Feeling nostalgic? Coordinate with your team using classic Modern Warfare radio effects
Special Operations:
  • Added munitions drops! After various objectives, a care package will drop to provide you with much-needed munitions!
  • Various exploit fixes
  • Fix for an issue where players could lose functionality after using the EMP Drone in Operation Crosswind
  • Fix for crashes that occur when viewing the scoreboard from the match summary

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Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey everyone! I'm Sean. I have been writing gaming content for various outlets over the past few years while studying a degree in Journalism. I grew up on everything PlayStation — mainly Metal Gear Solid, with a brief foray into the world of Xbox. Nowadays, you'll find me mainly playing multiplayer PC games, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Game Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score.