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Warzone may be teasing a new map for Black Ops Cold War

Call of Duty: Warzone had a good year following its addition to 2019's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and is due for some significant shifts with the November 13 arrival of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. To get players ready for the changes in store for the Warzone experience, Activision dropped a roadmap for the first season of Black Ops Cold War, which may contain hints to a new Warzone map, Vozrozhdeniya Island.

The post, put up by David Hodgson, Activision's editorial manager, goes into detail about how the two versions of Call of Duty will coexist. However, the only place that a potential new map appears is in a graphic included at the top outlining the Season 1 roadmap for Black Ops Cold War. Hidden on the right, inside a box labeled "Classified Warzone Experience," is a block of text that seems to describe the toxic effects of a biochemical weapon or experiment.

At the very bottom is an obscured line of text that ends with "eniya Island." While that might not mean much to anyone outside of longtime Call of Duty fans or Soviet history buffs, community members have made an educated guess that it refers to Vozrozhdeniya Island and the next Warzone map.

In real life, Vozrozhdeniya Island was a biochemical weapon lab in the Aral Sea operated by the Soviet Union. In Call of Duty, Vozrozhdeniya Island appeared in the original 2010 Call of Duty: Black Ops, where it served as the "Rebirth" mission setting. In that mission, players travel to Rebirth Island, a weapons facility manufacturing Nova 6, a nerve gas that players must prevent from being released across the United States.

It's too early to tell if these hints mean that Warzone is finally getting a new map to rotate alongside Verdansk or if the "Classified Warzone Experience" involves Vozrozhdeniya Island in a whole new way. A biochemical weapons facility would certainly fit in with the incoming-gas-cloud, closing-circle mechanic that Warzone uses to tighten the battle royale map.

In the blog post accompanying the roadmap graphic, Hodgson tells players to get ready "across Verdansk (and beyond) in the months and seasons ahead," a good indication that a new map is on the way, one way or another. Fans will find out for sure when Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War goes live on November 13 and then integrates with Warzone when Season 1 kicks off on December 10.