‘Call of Duty: Warzone’ goes back in time for its next update

A scene from the Verdansk '84 map in 'Call of Duty: Warzone.' (Photo: Activision)

For its next update, the free-to-play game “Call of Duty: Warzone” is going back to the ’80s.

Publisher Activision unveiled the brand new map for “Warzone,” called Verdansk ’84, following an event culminating in a modern version of the Verdansk map getting nuked.

The transition of Verdansk marks the shift of “Warzone to Season 3, as players welcome a colorful return to the destination’s more pristine times.

Players will go through an infiltration sequence where they detonate a nuke, then rewind time to drop them directly into a version of Verdansk from nearly 40 years ago.

Time to throw down while throwing it back.

Verdansk hasn’t looked this good since the Spring of 1984. Get ready and drop into Season Three of #Warzone.
#Verdansk84 Live Now. pic.twitter.com/8WLuDQeC7I

The revamped map will boast seven new locations, including five featuring updated layouts. For example, the airport, which was shown destroyed in Season 2, looks practically new, with a more accessible second floor ideal for sniping.

“It’s a completely different layout, and it feels completely different, but yet it’s familiar to players,” said Amos Hodge, creative director at Raven Software.

Other spots include the Summit, which was the location of the dam in Season 2, and will feature functioning cable cars.

The big update arrives as Call of Duty: Warzone, which launched just over a year ago, reaches a key milestone: 100 million players. Warzone is Call of Duty’s spin on the battle royale genre made popular by games like “Fortnite” and “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” (PUBG), dropping dozens of players onto a map fighting to survive.

A scene from the new Verdansk '84 map in 'Call of Duty: Warzone.' (Photo: Activision)

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