Call of Duty: Warzone is taking players back to where it all began for the battle royale, as it’s been revealed that fan favorite map Verdansk is set to make its return sometime towards the end of 2024. Although details are sparse in regards to exactly when fans can expect to see the OG map return, there is a strong chance that players will see it as part of the next CoD’s season 1, the current working title of which is believed to be Black Ops Gulf War. If Activision continues its trend of releasing around mid-to-late October or early November, then it’s likely Season 1 will be released around December 2024.
Verdansk’s return and changes we may see
Fans of CoD will no doubt be familiar with the Verdansk map, which quickly became a fan favorite even after new maps were introduced. Given that the next CoD is largely rumored to be set during the Gulf War, it’s fair to say that we’ll likely see Verdansk return with some major changes to fit the time period of the game.
These changes will likely range from surrounding environments looking different to vehicles being more time-appropriate while largely retaining what fans loved from the original map. With more changes likely through each season throughout the game’s life, as we previously saw with other maps.
Will the next Call of Duty be a Gulf War game?
As first reported by WindowsCentral, we can expect the next Call of Duty game to be the 6th Black Ops title and will be set during the Gulf War in the 1990’s, making it another Black Ops title to explore some of the lesser explored wars in video games following the Cold War and Vietnam War from the very first Black Ops title.
Not much else is currently known until an official announcement for the game is made, which we’ll likely see midway through 2024, but we can assume that the game will likely follow on from its predecessor, Black Ops Cold War, and see more of the goings on of the CIA during this time period. Other inclusions we can anticipate: if trends are to be followed, then we will likely see a new entry to the ever-popular Zombies game mode, as this has become a staple of Black Ops titles.
Previous Warzone maps
As mentioned, we will see Verdansk make its return in 2024, 5 years since its debut as the original map of Warzone, which was released as part of 2019’s Modern Warfare reboot, but since then, we have seen several other maps take center stage of the ever-popular Battle Royale, including a 1984 version of Verdansk, Rebirth Island, Caldera, and Fortunes Keep within the first couple years of the battle royale mode.
Warzone 2, which was released alongside 2022’s Modern Warfare 2 saw maps such as Al Mazrah, Ashika Island, and Vondel, and now in 2023 Modern Warfare 3 has Urzikastan with more maps likely coming in the near future as the games life cycle goes on. As with every release there is no shortage of CoD content on the horizon. With new maps on the horizon and likely changes that we will see in the coming seasons during Modern Warfare 3’s life cycle, it’s safe to say there’s going to be an ample amount of content for players to sift through.
When Modern Warfare 3 released in November 2023, it was met with backlash due to its rushed development and reused maps as opposed to fresh new maps, which some fans deemed lazy and an easy approach, while few others embraced the nostalgia of these classic maps. Did you welcome these maps back, or would you have preferred to see new maps? Let us know on the FandomWire socials!