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At the time of writing, anyone hoping to drop into the battle royale for a game has to settle for a limited-time mode on the smaller Rebirth Island map. Verdansk is, after all, currently a smouldering ruin. While I maintain a Fallout-style wasteland would make for a sick battle royale map, Activision clearly has other plans.
Before we go on, check out last night's mayhem for yourself below if you missed it live.
This probably won't come as a huge shock to anyone, given that Warzone's new map has leaked an almost comical amount of times over the last few months, but it looks as if Activision is taking players back in time to a version of Verdansk from before it was hit with a nuclear missiles. Decades before, in fact. Insiders have been saying for a while now that the new Verdansk is set in the 1980s, and will be closer in theme and tone to Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
Previous leaks suggested that the new Verdansk will be familiar yet fresh, adding in new landmarks like an under-construction Stadium and a mine where the Quarry used to be, or will be, I guess, depending on your perspective. Timey wimey.
Now, a new teaser site, called rebirthfromtheashes appears to have given us our first official look at the new map. As spotted by Charlie Intel, players have been able to navigate the website to unlock images of many of the new locations waiting for us on the new Warzone map. Inputting certain codes will grant access to tease screens of familiar areas and new operators, including Black Knight and Wraith.
As for the locations? If you head over the website now, you can get a look at the new looks for Superstore, Airport, Farmland, Stadium, and Downtown. While these areas were all in the original Verdansk map, the crucial difference seems to be that they're all far less ravaged by war and ruin in the new version. Both Stadium and Downtown appear to be unfinished too, with a giant crane prominent as part of the latter's skyline.
There's also a new area called Array, with seems to be the previously rumoured Duga radar station. Oh, and there's a ruddy mysterious locked red door. Whatever is behind that will no doubt be central to Season 3's ongoing mystery as players explore the new map. It better not be more zombies, that's all I'm saying.
It's not clear when exactly the new Verdansk map will be made available, but with the original Verdansk completely inaccessible right now, I'd assume we don't have much longer to wait. Watch this space.
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