Several leakers claim that Verdansk, a map in Call of Duty: Warzone, will be retired in an in-game nuclear strike on March 11. Verdansk, which is made up of five large sectors, has been the setting of the free-to-play battle royale shooter since it launched in March 2020. Call of Duty: Warzone allows combat between up to 200 players across the massive map.
As an ever-evolving online multiplayer game, Call of Duty: Warzone features a continuous story that will be told over an extended period of time. Players have recently discovered a climactic in-game cutscene which seems to wrap up the game’s plot line about a stolen nuclear missile. By collecting pieces of intel throughout the game world players can unlock the cutscene which sees Captain Price, a reoccurring Call of Duty protagonist, catch up with antagonist Zakhaev and prevent a nuclear launch. However, the Warzone narrative continues to evolve as players are now discovering distress signals hidden within various in-game locations.
According to several Call of Duty: Warzone leakers, such as Twitter users @ModernWarzone and @WarzoneNewz, the next stage in the game’s story will see Verdansk be hit by a nuclear strike. This in-game event will retire the iconic Warzone map, which will presumably be replaced by a different map as the game moves into its second year. Both leaker accounts indicate that this nuclear even will occur on March 11, the day after the one-year anniversary of the game’s launch.
— ModernWarzone (@ModernWarzone) February 20, 2021
Think of it like this… the Outbreak event ends a day before the “End”…
Why do you think that is- *Kaboom*.
— Black Ops Cold War Newz (@WarzoneNewz) February 21, 2021
While Call of Duty: Warzone has been a big success for publisher Activision, the game has also experienced a fair amount of bugs and glitches which are met with criticism. One reoccurring glitch, which renders certain players invisible to others, was seemingly patched out of the game but recently returned. This prompted developer Raven Software to remove the game’s Armored Royale game mode, believing it to be the img of the glitch. Even more recently a new glitch appeared in the game which grants certain players the ability to see other players through walls, giving them an unfair advantage in combat.
Call of Duty: Warzone combined the beloved first-person shooter series with the incredibly popular battle royale genre. The concept seems like a no-brainer, and the game’s success seems to reflect this perfect video game union. While the title has only been out for one year, the developers seem to be putting effort into ensuring that the free-to-play title doesn’t grow even a little bit stale. If these leaks are to be believed, Verdansk’s retirement will surely mean a fresh new location for Warzone‘s fanbase.
Call of Duty: Warzone is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.