A new report has suggested that Call of Duty Warzone’s Verdansk map will be exchanged for a WW2-era Pacific Theatre location upon the launch of the next main-line Call of Duty game.
According to VGC, Warzone will be revamped to coincide with the launch of a new World War 2-themed game, named Call of Duty: Vanguard, later this year. This will allegedly replace the 1980s Eastern Europe map, Verdansk, with a new, much larger map based on the 1940s Pacific theatre of war. The new map is said to feature vehicles to help travel across the increased size, and utilise new technology upgrades from the Modern Warfare engine, which is what the new Call of Duty game will also be built on.
The report suggests that developer Sledgehammer has been working towards a Warzone tie-in for some time, which will allow Warzone to update to the ‘current’ Call of Duty setting when the new main-line game launches. This is in contrast to Black Ops Cold War, which released months before Warzone was able to be updated with Cold War-era alterations.
Official word about this is currently unavailable, and VGC claims that an official announcement of the next Call of Duty will not come as part of E3 2021. It may be some months until we find out exactly what is on the cards for Call of Duty and Warzone.
A shift back to WW2 would make for a very different kind of Warzone experience, especially if the in-game technology also regresses back to single-action rifles and pre-optical sight attachments. Quite how Activision will handle such an arms race soup remains to be seen, but it’ll be a far cry from the current 1980s setting, which has allowed Call of Duty to go wild with Rambo and John McClane skins.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.