THE HOLIDAYS are right around the corner, and it appears even Call of Duty is getting into the Christmas spirit.
Leaked images posted to social media in recent weeks hint that one of Black Ops Cold War's most popular maps is getting a holiday makeover.
Nuketown, which has appeared in multiple Black Ops games, has been pictured covered in fairy lights and other Christmas decorations.
The images shared by various Call of Duty fan accounts since late November hint that the latest iteration of the map could be landing soon.
"Christmas theme lights have been added around the map along with a big Christmas tree," @WarZone news wrote on Twitter last week.
Apparently, the screen grabs were captured after a bug accidentally revealed the upcoming map to a handful of lucky gamers.
Nuketown has been a Call of Duty favourite for years with the small map providing many adrenaline-filled battles.
It's designed like a pristine neighbourhood that resembles a nuclear weapons testing area in Nevada.
A revamped version of the map has appeared in every Black Ops game since the first back in 2010.
Cold War is no different, with an 80s themed map called Nuketown '84 released last week.
Call of Duty developer Activision is expected to release the Christmas version with the launch of Season One of Cold War's multiplayer mode.
That's due for launch next week, on December 10.
And that's not all. Separate leaked images hint that a night time version of the Christmas Numetown map is also on the way.
It appears to feature the same decorations mentioned earlier, but with players plunged into the darkness of night time battles.
Call of Duty is no stranger to giving maps a Christmas makeover in the runup to the Holiday season.
In previous years, engineers released a Winter version of the Call of Duty 4 map Crash covered in snow and Christmas decorations.
Last December, Docks (Winter) was released for Call of Duty Modern Warfare decorated with fairy lights and a Christmas Tree.
It's not clear whether Activision will ever release the Christmas Nuketown map. The US firm has not confirmed that the leaked images are real.
The Sun has reached out to Activision for comment.
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War – what is it?
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War is the latest game in the hugely popular war sim series.
It hits shelves in November and plays out at the height of nuclear tensions between the US and Soviet Russia.
The storyline follows the real-world events of the Cold War – such as the Vietnam War – but will dramatise some elements.
An early teaser trailer revealed has that the game will include a hunt for Perseus – a spy working against the US for Russia.
The Cold War was a period of major tension between the USA and Soviet Union, but wasn't an outright war in the conventional sense.
Instead, both nations supported "proxy wars" – regional conflicts used to gain global influence.
And the fact that both nations controlled nuclear weaponry meant that neither side was willing to risk a war proper.
The period is generally said to have run from 1947 through to 1991 – when the Soviet Union was dissolved.
Out November 13, Black Ops Cold War starts at £59.99 for a standard copy rising all the way to £89.99 for the Ultimate Edition.
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