The first movie of Call of Duty: Warzone’s new map has been revealed in a leaked live-action ad for the game’s next season.
VGC can confirm that the live-action site in progress, which was first shared by Twitter account On Thin Ice, is authentic and shows excerpts from the new map from the 1980s which we understand will replace Verdansk at the end of this season, with an event in the game that marks the transition on April 22nd.
The footage shows landmarks in the Cold War that replace Verdansk’s own points of interest, including a stadium under construction and an aqueduct that replaces the dam.
The video also shows a mine shaft area and what appears to be the Duga-2 Radar Array featured in Black Ops Cold War̵
As first reported by VGC in February, at the end of Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2, the Battle Royale game will finally transition to the new map.
The change will be marked by an explosive event in the game designed to tell the narrative Warzone from the Modern Warfare era, to a setting that is more in line with the latest premium series.
Nuclear warheads recently uncovered on Warzone’s map will be used to trigger the revolution, as will how Fortnite used an event in the game to move on to Chapter 2, with the zombies introduced last season starting the countdown.
Warzone’s map update has been around for a long time. Originally, the restart of Verdansk in the 1980s was due to coincide more closely with the release of Black Ops Cold War in November last year, but several factors have seen the launch time move closer to the game’s first anniversary in March 2021.
With another premium Call of Duty game at the end of the year – which we understand is a new Sledgehammer title set during World War II – Warzone is unlikely to see a similar renewal that coincides with the game until at least 2022, if at . everyone.
It’s also very possible that Warzone could skip World War II, when it comes to map updating, and instead focus on coinciding with the 2022 game.
It is understood that Sledgehammer’s new game will look back to the Modern Warfare 2019 engine, ‘IW8’, which also runs Warzone, after last year’s Cold War switched to an upgraded version of Treyarch’s Black Ops 4 technology.
Both Modern Warfare / Warzone and Black Ops Cold War share underlying technology and tools, but otherwise much of the engine used in the Cold War can be traced back to 2015’s Black Ops 3.
Last year, sources told VGC that Activision did not intend to lower its premium Call of Duty release, which will continue to be created under the leadership of Treyarch, Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer.
Warzone is seen as a third pillar along with Call of Duty Mobile and future full-price releases, which will continue to offer a ‘premium’ package with campaign, multiplayer and Zombies / Spec Ops modes in the future.
Given the huge popularity of the free game, combined with the rich history of the Call of Duty series, it makes sense for Warzone to continually evolve with content from each premium entry, rather than creating a different battle king for each sub-brand.