Call of Duty: Warzone draws a Fortnite with the launch of its new map

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Launched just over a year ago, Call of Duty: Warzone is one of the most popular free-to-play titles right now, with 100 million people playing the battle royale shooter. After a nuclear missile that destroyed the game’s map, the in-game city of Verdansk is back with a new map set in the year 1984, as seen in the announcement trailer above. This reflects a similar move by its competitor Fortnite, which destroyed the original map and replaced it with a new one in 2019.

Despite the shape and layout remaining the same as its predecessor, players will notice changes in most locations, along with an 80s vibe to match the game’s new era. Verdansk ’84, the name of the new map, has some changes to make it a new location and not a direct refresh, while also integrating more closely with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, set in the same decade. Both games share content with each other, meaning weapons, cosmetics and other in-game unlockables such as killstreaks can be shared in both titles.

The Verdansk ’84 debut serves as the official start of the third season of Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, and it is now available with many new weapons added and a few old nerfed ones.