Since the launch of Call of Duty: Warzone, the battle royale version of Call of Duty has skyrocketed in popularity, quickly becoming one of the most popular battle royale games available. Warzone quickly locked itself in as one of the three biggest battle royale games on the market and has stayed extremely popular despite not changing too much up. That all changed today, though. The introduction of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 3 brought with it an overhauled map for Warzone.
Throughout Season 2 of Black Ops Cold War, the world of Warzone has been overrun with zombies. After arriving in a boat on the map’s Prison location, the zombies slowly began to infiltrate all of Verdansk, the home of Warzone. In a four-stage event that kicked off the Warzone side of Season 3, players jumped into a special, two hour limited time-game mode known as The Destruction of Verdansk, Part 1. In it, players had to attempt to survive as long as they could against a horde of zombies overrunning Verdansk. The event came to a conclusion with the map being hit with a nuclear device, detonating the map and destroying it permanently.
Following the destruction of the map, players then had a full day to play another limited-time game mode, Rebirth Island Night, which gave players the chance to play through Rebirth Island at night in the aftermath of Verdansk’s destruction. The final part of the event came with another limited-time mode, The Destruction of Verdansk, Part 2. This allowed players to dive back into Verdansk prior to its destruction and fight to be the team that actually set off the nuke that destroyed the map. Following that, every player was then pushed into the newest version of the map, Verdansk ’84.
While it may have the same name as its predecessor, Verdansk ’84 aims to be a lot different then the map fans have played on for a year and a half. To start, seven new locations have been added to Verdansk ’84, including the addition of the fan-favorite Call of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer map Summit, now known as Goran Summit in Verdansk. According to Activision, nearly every building, surface, and object in the original Verdansk was reviewed and retouched to make for a better player experience.
Outside of the physical changes, Activision hopes to balance many of the new and existing weapons that exist in Warzone. Currently, the game sports a meta that focuses heavily on burst weapons like the AUG tactical rifle and M16. The company hopes to also tweak the FFAR assault rifle, as the gun had been encroaching too much on the sub-machine gun space. These changes should be music to fans ears, as the community had been calling for changes to both guns since earlier this month. Players looking to jump into the new version of Warzone can do so now, as Verdansk ’84 is available for everyone to experience.
Call of Duty: Warzone is available to download for free across consoles and PC.