With Call of Duty: Warzone’s first year as an unmanned success, many fans are curious when a new map arrives. Here’s all we know so far about a new battle war map, potential release date and how it will interact with Black Ops Cold War.
When Rebirth Island was released in Warzone, it’s probably fair to say that some players were a little disappointed. The map, which is based on the ‘Rebirth’ mission from the original Black Ops, was never intended to be a big new battle king map, but it still made some players feel a little changed. A large map, the size of Verdansk (or slightly larger if recent rumors are to be assumed), is expected to come later.
Rumors have already been circulating about another new Warzone setting, despite the fact that Rebirth Island only just started with season one in mid-December. This update also saw Black Ops Cold War integrated into Warzone, but it is far from the end of BOCW̵
Ural Mountains Warzone Map
The most prominent rumor surrounding a future Warzone map is that it will be heavily influenced by Black Ops Cold War’s Fireteam: Dirty Bomb map.
The current maps in Treyarch’s new mode are Alpine, Ruka and Sanatorium, all in the Ural Mountains of Russia. Ruka has the code name ‘wz_forest’ in the game’s files, while Alpine is ‘wz_ski_slopes’. Similarly, fans have noticed that Sanatorium is down as ‘wz_sanatorium’ in the game’s files.
As a player mode for 40 players, the maps in FTDB are significantly larger than a standard 6v6 map. Speculation suggests that they will fit together as different points of interest in a larger royal map. According to current speculation, Sanatorium would be in the south-west, Alpine in the south-east and Ruka in the heart of it.
This new map will therefore be an easy transition. Fireteams already use several of Warzone’s mechanics, such as skydiving, down-but-not-out states, pings, armor and looting.
Given the links with Black Ops Cold War, we could well see even more of a crossover between the battle royale and the CoD section in 2020. More weapons will make the switch when Treyarch adds them, with scorestreaks and vehicles also possible.
Fireteam maps have vehicles such as T-72 Tanks, Dirt Bikes, Buggies, Snowmobiles and helicopters, some of which are already available in Warzone. Rumor has it that, like Black Ops 4’s Blackout Battle Royale, there will be water that can be crossed by boats.
Finally, there are suggestions that some historical CoD maps may contain as points of interest. Summit and WMD, for example, are both located in the Ural Mountains. In fact, WMD is set on Mount Yamantau, a mountain specifically named in a recent rebirth document from Rebirth Island. Some fans have taken this as a hint about WMD’s future return.
Will Zombies return to Warzone?
If one is to believe the latest rumors, we may see several hordes of undead taking over Warzone when the new map finally debuts. Speculation began on February 11 when a new machine appeared at Warzone Rumbles World Hospital.
This machine first appeared in Black Ops Cold War’s Zombies mode, and was used to get rewards after completing the challenges. When you are contacted, the message reads ZAI / ACTIVATE_ZOMBIES, which may be a teaser or an indication that it is not there yet.
Some players have also experienced screen distortion when they entered an office on the new Rebirth Island map, which previously happened in August 2020 when they teased Warzone’s crossover with Black Ops Cold War, which indicates that something big is on the way.
Release date for Warzone new map, season 2
At the time of writing, these details remain strictly rumored, with the potential implementation of an Ural mountain map still some distance away. Leaks and rumors have indicated a release date in March 2021, which will coincide with Warzone’s one-year anniversary.
Some fans hoped to see a new map implemented at the start of season 2, but it still seems unlikely given the changes coming to Verdansk in that update. Our only confirmed new point of interest is the Vodianoy cargo tanker approaching the port.
You can already see the new Vodinoy cargo ship off the coast of Verdansk in #Warzone!
(via @MrTheRevertz) pic.twitter.com/V3kWvyM14d
– DEXERTO Call of Duty (@DexertoIntel) February 18, 2021
It seems unlikely that Raven would implement major map changes, only to make them obsolete soon after with a brand new map. However, there is some potential that the ship and its ‘unknown cargo’ may be an early narrative step towards a new map.
This fits in with Activision’s announcement of season 2 using the slogan ‘The End Begins’. The end of Verdansk, perhaps?