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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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4 features Warzone desperately needs in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 28/Oct/2020 13:00 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 13:31

by James Busby

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With season 6 of Warzone out for fans to enjoy and Black Ops Cold War on the way, we’re still excited to see what content updates will drop in the future. Here are four things we want to see added to Call of Duty’s battle royale title.

Warzone’s blisteringly fast kill times, highly customizable loadout drops, satisfying killstreaks, and addictive gunplay makes it one of the most unique entries in the BR genre. Of course, like all good battle royale games, Warzone needs a constant stream of fresh content updates and unique modes to keep players invested. 

Fans are now looking forward to Warzone in the upcoming Black Ops Cold War, releasing on November 13, 2020. We’ve seen some fantastic additions to Warzone already in Modern Warfare, but there are still some things that would be perfect to heighten the experience for players.

1. Return of classic guns

Black Ops Cold War Beta
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Black Ops Cold War will also carry on the Warzone mode.

The Call of Duty franchise first graced our screens back in 2003 and since then, players have fought their way through the gritty battlefields of WWII, stopped a nuclear cold war, taken down terrorist regimes, and even ventured into the very depths of space.

Each Call of Duty game has introduced a wave of new weapons, attachments, cosmetics, and killstreaks that fans can equip themselves with when venturing into the highly competitive multiplayer arenas. 

As a result, there have been a vast number of historical, modern-day, and futuristic guns added to the franchise over the years. While Warzone’s current arsenal of deadly weaponry is nothing to frown at, we’d love to see some iconic Call of Duty guns return to the scene. 

Fortunately, our prayers have been answered with the release of the CR-56 AMAX (Galil), so there could be a very good chance that we see other fan favourites make their way over to Warzone. After all, we’d love to run around Verdansk with our trusty Thompson SMG at our side. 

2. Dynamic weather conditions

Summit from Call of Duty Black Ops 1.
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New weather effects could further enhance the game’s action for players to enjoy.

Battle royale fans have wanted dynamic weather conditions for ages and while PUBG has toyed around with various climate conditions, we’ve yet to see other battle royale games take the same leap – after all, Modern Warfare’s multiplayer already has night variants of maps like Azhir Cave, Hackney Yard, Gun Runner, and Rammaza, and Verdansk with The Haunting of Verdansk Halloween event.

While these maps may not feature any new content, the added veil of darkness really helps bring a new dynamic to the overall gameplay. Having a nighttime mode for allows for some brilliantly chaotic moments, particularly when you never know who is lurking in the shadows.

Watching enemy tracer rounds light up the sky, hearing nearby footsteps, and jumping at shadowy silhouettes is exhilarating and terrifying. Further dynamic weather effects would only enhance these emotions.

For example, weather effects that reduce player visibility would call for the use of NVGs (Night Vision Goggles), laser pointers, thermal optics, and Flash Grenades. Having various weather effects would also force players to adapt their current playstyle, drastically switching up the current meta and creating new opportunities for different weapons/attachments to truly shine.

3. Continued Seasonal events

Haunting of Verdansk Roadmap
Activision
Full roadmap for the Haunting of Verdansk event in Warzone & Modern Warfare.

With Halloween’s ‘Haunting of Verdansk’ now live on Warzone, we’ve got a great taste of seasonal content that incentivizes players to play. We think it would be a fantastic opportunity to expand on these events with further seasonals, such as a Holiday event featuring holiday bonuses; a thick layer of snow or a blizzard draping the map, with special cosmetics focusing around the time of year across different cultures.

These weather changes to Verdansk will force players to restrategize and approach their matches differently, requiring them to rethink their weapon add-ons such as optics, and differing perks like Cold Blooded.

4. Further map updates 

ActivisionChanges to Warzone’s map could drastically impact the way we play.

Warzone players have been busy opening the various bunkers dotted around the map, collecting the rare loot inside, and scrutinizing details in order to uncover the game’s secrets.

The opening of a few bunkers may seem small, but it’s this kind of change that helps keep the map interesting for new and veteran players. Epic Games and Respawn are constantly adding, removing, and even destroying vast sections of their battle royale maps, so we’d love to see Verdansk receive the same treatment. 

For example, Warzone’s Gora Dam could begin to crack under the pressure as the frozen reservoir begins to thaw, leading to a catastrophic event that sees vast sections of the map partially destroyed or flooded. Not only would this make for an awesome in-game spectacle, it would also drastically alter the way players traverse their way around Verdansk.

We’ve seen cool additions to Verdansk’s map as of late with the Football stadium opening, and a new train traversing the map, both allowing players new POI experiences in-game, but constant graduating changes to the map will keep it fresh and appealing for returning players.

New aquatic vehicles could even be introduced to further supplement this change. The possibilities are seemingly endless and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for Warzone when Black Ops Cold War releases.