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
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
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
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
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.