Call of Duty: Warzone’s Verdansk map is headed to the 1980s, according to some leaked footage. While the clips did first emerge round April Fools’ Day, VGC reports that the footage is genuine, and that the retro reskin “will replace the current Verdansk at the end of the season, with an in-game event marking the transition on April 22.”
Leakers had posted the clips to social media platforms corresponding to Twitter, however they’ve since been taken down as a result of copyright claims from Activision — which is additional proof that the leak is correct. The footage is still available on Reddit for now, though it’s simply the gameplay clips from the unique leaked trailer.
After months of Activision teasing a brand new map on a brand new island, it seems that Call of Duty: Warzone will proceed on its launch map, Verdansk, for the foreseeable future. The leaked clips — which got here from what seems to be a live-action trailer that includes Young Thug and Jack Harlow — present some intercut footage of the ’80s Verdansk. The footage exhibits Soviet-era buildings and plenty of areas of the acquainted map nonetheless beneath development.
The leaked photos particularly exhibit some of Verdansk’s extra well-known areas, just like the stadium, dam, and airport. All of them have been de-aged within the upcoming map overhaul, with the stadium actively beneath development, and the dam changed with a bridge — making room for extra wooded areas in that half of the map. Fans additionally noticed an underground space that appears new.
Everything within the “new” Verdansk is as ’80s as you’d need, with massive, blocky letters adorning the skin of buildings and USSR flags hanging from flagpoles. The new aesthetic can also be a noticeable — albeit late — tie to Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War, the most recent sport within the sequence, launched in November. As the identify suggests, Black Ops: Cold War is ready within the 1980s, on the top of the Reagan-era conflict between the U.S. and the united states.
Fans appear to assume gamers will find yourself going again in time because of Verdansk’s large nuclear stockpile. That’s one thing that Activision, Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Raven Software have spent almost a yr teasing through varied Easter Eggs and advertising and marketing supplies.
Many followers on the Call of Duty: Warzone subreddit are upset that this map replace appears to be a “reskin” of Verdansk as a substitute of the brand new map, Rebirth, that was teased final December. Some are even hoping it’s an elaborate April Fools’ Day prank.
It’s presently unclear if or when Warzone will see a totally new map, however all indicators level to an ’80s-themed season coming to the battle royale sport later this month.