From this rubble, Warzone travels back in time to Verdansk back in 1984, a new version of the map where every building and object has traveled back in time. The run-down buildings are newer, the streets more vibrant, and there’s grass and flora everywhere.The new Warzone map has a fully-revitalized Airport (destroyed in the previous Verdansk map) a new Airport control tower, an in-construction Verdansk Stadium, a newly accessible Gora Summit, the new Airplane Factory, Radar Array, and more.
Call of Duty began the groundwork for Verdansk ‘84 for weeks. It began with a surprise zombie outbreak in Warzone. As the outbreak intensified, Verdansk was nuked to cleanse the area, and players were then left to fight on Rebirth Island before time-traveling back to Verdansk.
Also new in the season is the Operator Wraith from Mt. Yamantau, Sticks and Stones returns as a multiplayer mode, the new 2v2 Gunfight map Diesel which also turns into a 6v5 map, and the Strafe Run scorestreak.There were some wait time issues affecting players as they tried to log into the Destruction of Verdansk event, but with over 100 million players the popularity of Warzone is likely the least of Call of Duty’s problems.
Check out IGN’s Warzone review for our full take on the massive battle royale mode.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor.