Call Of Duty leakers have been hinting that a new Warzone map is on the way for months now, and it looks like the time might finally be upon us. Zombies are slowly taking over Verdansk, while leaked audio files point to the incumbent map being totally wiped out in a last-ditch effort to clear the undead out once and for all.
So where will Warzone take us next if Verdansk really is turned into an irradiated wasteland? Multiple leakers suggest that we'll be getting a map that's thematically more in line with Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Specifically, it's believed that developer Raven Software will be taking direct inspiration from Black Ops Cold War's Fireteam: Dirty Bomb maps, combining the likes of Alpine, Ruka and Sanatorium into one large and open-world Ural Mountains map.
It's believed that the Ural Mountains will end up being quite a bit larger than Verdansk, and that increased size allows more players to fill it. At present Call Of Duty: Warzone supports 150 players per lobby, but a number of insiders are now saying that Raven and Activision are working to up that number to an impressive 250.
Leaker and industry insider Tom Henderson said back in January this alleged Ural Mountains map was in the testing stage. He added that it's bigger than Verdansk, and that it shouldn't be as graphically heavy. Presumably this means a little more wide open space for driving through/flying over, with points of interest a little more spread out.
"The new warzone map is extremely large, so much so that it has 23 locations. There will be more vehicles,"@InfoCoDEsp_ tweeted earlier this week, backing up Henderson's claims (thanks, Dexerto). "There is also talk that it will be played with 250 players."
As exciting as this would be, do take it with a pinch of salt for now. Warzone's first anniversary has come and gone, and while the end of Verdansk and the rise of a new map is all but certain at this point, I would be less sure about 250-player lobbies. Just because it's being tested out right now doesn't mean it'll actually come to pass. It could well be that 250 players doesn't work well at all - that's what testing is for.
For now, jump into Verdansk and enjoy the original Warzone map while you still can. Just stay on the lookout for those pesky zombies, eh?
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