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All Call of Duty: Warzone locations discovered in real life

Published: 19/Apr/2020 22:47 Updated: 20/Apr/2020 0:00

by Bill Cooney

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Call of Duty fans have discovered that buildings and other landmarks scattered around the Warzone’s Verdansk map are based on real-life buildings located around eastern Ukraine.

Players who have spent the last few weeks running around Warzone probably know the map’s landmarks by heart, but they might be surprised to find out they’re all based on actual buildings.

This isn’t really a shock since most Call of Duty games feature levels inspired by real-world locations, but it is very interesting to see just how much Warzone landmarks seemed to be based on buildings and structures in eastern Ukraine.

Warzone Stadium – Donbass Arena

The Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine is a dead-ringer for the stadium in Warzone.

No, the above image is not an in-game screenshot of the Stadium location on the Warzone map – it’s an actual picture of the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine.

The only real difference is the actual arena has an open roof, while the in-game version’s roof is closed off, for now at least.

Players have complained that the Stadium is little more than window-dressing in Warzone since you can’t get inside, but that’s a trait it shares with it’s real-life counterpart, which is closed off as well.

Donbass Arena was built in 2009 as the home for FC Shakhtar Donetsk of the Ukrainian Premier League and for use in UEFA Euro 2012, but the ongoing conflict in the region forced the team to relocate and the stadium to close to the public in 2014.

Verdansk Airport & Tower – Donetsk Airport & Tower

You can’t tell us the Warzone airport tower on the left wasn’t based on the actual tower to the right.

Next we’ll travel to the Verdansk airport, whose terminal and control tower are almost exact matches for the Donetsk Airport in real-life.

The tower in Warzone looks well on its way to collapsing, but that would fit with it’s IRL counterpart, which was destroyed during a battle for the airport in 2015.

Really, the only difference between the two towers is the Warzone version comes with fewer windows, and also doesn’t have an external stairway attached.

Gora Dam – Dnieper Hydroelectric Station

Though not exactly identitcal, it’s not a stretch to say Gora Dam was also based on an IRL location.

The Gora Dam might be the single largest structure in Warzone itself, and it seem to bear a striking resemblance to the Dnieper Hydroelectric Station, the largest dam in Ukraine.

Being a video game, Call of Duty devs were able to make their dam sem even larger than its IRL counterpart, which is one of the biggest in Europe.

Unlike our last two examples, the Dneiper Hydroelectric Station is still functioning and open to the public with a highway running across the top, just like the Gora Dam.

Verdansk bank – Donetsk bank

Even this small bank in Donetsk (right) was given a Warzone counterpart (left).

Finally, even smaller buildings from Donetsk, like the green bank above, seemed to be copied to fill out the town of Verdansk.

The in-game version has less windows, but it’s immediately apparent from the awnings and the large window on the front these two buildings are related, possibly first cousins.

Verdansk Parliament – Ukranian Parliament

Verdansk’s parliament building shares a similar dome with it’s IRL Ukranian counterpart.

Atlas Supermarket Verdansk – Metro Supermarket Donetsk

The IRL inspiration for the Atlas Supermarket has since been torn down.
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NICKMERCS claims Warzone is “not looking good” compared to Fortnite

Published: 27/Nov/2020 1:24

by Theo Salaun

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From Fortnite to Call of Duty: Warzone and back, NICKMERCS is as experienced in both battle royales as anyone. After jumping back into Epic Games’ iteration, he claims the third-person shooter has a serious edge over Warzone right now.

In a long overdue Fortnite return stream with SypherPK, another battle royale maestro, FaZe Clan and MFAM’s Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff got back into the groove and decided it was time to compare his favorite BR titles. Of course, with so many followers, the MFAM audience deserves an explanation for the change in content.

While the popular streamer built his following in Epic Games’ unique title, his Twitch following grew to a whopping 4.6 million followers with thanks to months spent popping off on Verdansk. Having hosted, participated, and won Warzone tournaments in that span, he’s flown into the world’s top 15 most-followed Twitch streamers.

But, with Call of Duty’s sights set on the Black Ops Cold War release, Warzone has lost some lustre and NICKMERCS has returned to the consistently-updated Fortnite. Fittingly, he proceeded to explain that those updates give Fortnite an edge over Warzone.

It took Nick some time to get used to Fortnite’s mechanics, as he and SypherPK delved into the differences between the two games’ aim assists and how exponential and linears differ between the two. Ultimately, despite the discomfort upon switching over, the BR aficionado found himself loving it.

To explain his intentions in trying Fortnite again, NICKMERCS minced no words: “Listen, the current state over on the Call of Duty side of things is not looking good. There was supposed to be a big update coming in December, we haven’t heard anything about that. Really not good.”

And then, to contrast why Fortnite feels like the superior BR right now, he couldn’t help but give props to Epic Games’ consistent content delivery: “On the other hand, for Fortnite, there’s big-time updates and map changes right around the corner before Christmas.”

Fortnite Item Shop
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Fortnite’s shop gets consistent action, while Warzone’s is very quiet right now.

Fortnite and Apex Legends follow a similar format as titles, where the game is free and updated seasonally. Warzone was Call of Duty’s successful effort to do the same, but things became complicated by BOCW’s release.

Now, Warzone’s seasonal content schedule has been disrupted by Activision’s focus on selling BOCW. The company is trying to get the best of both worlds: a free battle royale’s player base with the money of an annual title like FIFA, Madden, and NBA 2K franchises.

By putting their money into BOCW tournaments and content, CoD seems to have pushed NICKMERCS to return to a game that, distraction-free, is regularly putting out content.