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Haunting of Verdansk Warzone Halloween event: night map, Saw skins, more

Published: 20/Oct/2020 18:00 Updated: 20/Oct/2020 18:06

by Albert Petrosyan

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A brand new Halloween-themed event called ‘Haunting of Verdansk’ is now live in Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare, and we’ve got everything you need to know about what’s included.

With Halloween inching closer and closer, we’re officially in spooky season, and Infinity Ward have decided to give Modern Warfare a grand sending off with the Haunting of Verdansk in-game event.

The event, which kicked off on Tuesday, October 20 and wraps up on Tuesday, November 3, features a nighttime version of Warzone’s map, cosmetic items themed after popular horror film series like Saw and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, new modes, rewards, and a whole lot more.

Haunting of Verdansk trailer

Haunting of Verdansk roadmap

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

What’s added in Warzone for Haunting of Verdansk

Verdansk – Going Dark

As had been teased previously, a nighttime version of the Warzone map has made its debut in the Haunting of Verdansk event. As of now, the only modes confirmed for this are Trios and Plunder, but Activision did say that more would be made available.

Needless to say, the darkness of the terrain will compel almost everyone to use thermal optics on their weapons and the Cold Blooded perk in loadouts to hide from such scopes.

Trick or Treat scavenger hunt

Throughout the duration of the event, the nighttime version of Verdansk will feature 16 specially-marked Trick or Treat chests, which include a combined 16 new cosmetic items like Blueprints, weapons, charms, and more.

Of course, as is the spirit of Halloween, Infinity Ward have added a twist to this whole process: In some cases, certain chests will have tricks instead of treats, so open them carefully if you want to avoid “a terrifying fright.”

If and when you do unlock all 16 cosmetics, you will be automatically awarded a Legendary assault rifle blueprint called the Pumpkin Punisher, pictured below. More details about this scavenger, including all the chest locations and pictures of all rewards, can be found in our Trick or Treat Warzone guide.

Pumpkin Punisher blueprint
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Unlocking all 16 themed items in the Haunting of Verdansk event will unlock this Pumpkin Punisher AR blueprint.

Zombie Royale LTM

In this new Limited Time Mode, players who get killed come back to life as a Zombie instead of being sent to the Gulag. Zombies can’t carry weapons but do have special abilities that include increased speed, improved jumps, deadlier melee attacks, and thermal vision.

Turning into a Zombie isn’t the end all be all, though, as players will have the chance to return from the undead and rejoin their squad. Whenever someone is killed, they drop a syringe, and collecting two syringes will allow you to parachute back in with your loadout.

The last team with a surviving Operator wins, even if the rest of their squad have turned into Zombies.

Zombie Royale LTM
Activision
The Haunting of Verdansk event includes a new LTM called Zombie Royale.

What’s added in Modern Warfare multiplayer

Themed changes

To add an extra layer of Halloween-themed spookiness into multiplayer, Infinity Ward have made it so any player who is on a kill-streak of three or more will have their head turn into a flaming jack-o-lantern pumpkin.

This feature isn’t purely cosmetic either, since the change lets players on both sides know who is on a roll and needs to be stopped at all costs before reaching some of those higher tier killstreaks.

That’s not the only such quirk added; in Domination, scarecrows replace the flags on points, while skulls appear instead of dog tags in Kill Confirmed, as well as other visual effects in other modes.

Haunting of Verdansk Modern Warfare
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In multiplayer, players who are on a 3+ kill-streak will have their heads transform into a flaming pumpkin.

New modes

There are two brand-new multiplayer modes coming as part of the Haunting of Verdansk event: Onslaught and Snipers Only. Onslaught features a Juggernaut suit spawning somewhere on the map that two teams have to fight for control over. Once someone has the suit equipped, they must try to get it to the specific target area while the other team tries to do everything they can to stop it.

As for Snipers Only, this is a variant of Team Deathmatch that replaces custom classes with five pre-built loadouts, all featuring sniper rifles as the primary weapon(s). The rest of the mode is like any match of TDM: The team with the most kills wins.

Horror film bundles & new Operator

Saw & Texas Chainsaw Massacre

When it comes to the best horror film franchises of all time, most would rank Saw and Texas Chainsaw Massacre high up there – and both have been incorporated in Modern Warfare & Warzone as cosmetic items.

The Saw bundle includes the iconic Billy the Puppet as an Operator outfit, as well as the Phlebotomozier Lethal Equipment – a throwing knife variant that kills enemies on impact in a shower of blood. The set also includes themed blueprints for an assault rifle and shotgun, both with “blood-red” tracers, as well as a Cargo Truck skin, tricycle charm, and four other items.

Saw in Warzone
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The Saw bundle in Modern Warfare & Warzone includes Billy the Puppet as an Operator outfit skin.

As for Texas Chainsaw Massacre, players will be able to run around dressed as the menacing Leatherface villain and a new LMG blueprint called Family Heirloom, which has a special stock attachment that lets it be held like a chainsaw.

The rest of the bundles comes with an SMG blueprint, vehicle horn, the ‘Anyone Home?’ melee weapon, which has a hammer on one side and a meat tenderizer on the other, and five other items.

Leatherface in Warzone
Activision
Run around Warzone as the fearsome Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

New Dr. Karlov Operator

Dr. Karlov is the newest Operator added as part of the Haunting of Verdansk event – a character who’s obsessed with electricity and energy-charged weaponry, according to his lore.

The ‘Dr. Karlov Lives’ bundle includes a new outfit skin for Bale, two “high-voltage” weapon blueprints, an electric throwing knife, vehicle skin, and other cosmetics.

Dr. Karlov Warzone Operator
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The new Dr. Karlov Operator in Warzone and Modern Warfare.

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Black Ops Cold War leak reveals new Christmas-themed Nuketown

Published: 2/Dec/2020 6:35

by Brad Norton

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The holidays are right around the corner and it appears as though Black Ops Cold War will be getting into the festive spirit as new leaks have revealed a limited-time version of Nuketown ‘84 on the way.

Nuketown has seen a number of complete makeovers throughout the years. What started as a simple, close-quarters map in Black Ops 1, has been revamped in many unique ways. From a futuristic remake to the latest 80’s themed design and plenty more.

The fan-favorite map isn’t stopping there, however. New leaks and even a quirky bug have all pointed towards a festive takeover coming into effect very soon. There might even be multiple versions of the battlefield all in-game at the one time.

Christmas is coming to Black Ops Cold War in a big way. Not only will Nuketown be covered with festive decorations, but there also appears to be a night-time variant coming as well.

From a leaked preview image of the Nuketown ‘84 map, we’re given our first look at the map from an all-new perspective. Rather than the beaming hot sun lighting things up, Nuketown looks a little different here. A dark sky keeps things mellow while Christmas lights aim to get you in the holiday spirit.

A few Christmas reefs are scattered around while tinsel is layered across almost every surface. From the one angle, however, there doesn’t seem to be any kind of snow or other major difference. Purely just decorations on an otherwise standard Nuketown ‘84.

While the leaked image comes from a reliable source that’s revealed a wide array of content in the past, there’s more to it than just that. Oddly enough, a bizarre glitch from November 25 actually let players see the Christmas decorations in-game for a split moment.

The yet unannounced version of the map randomly came into effect mid-game for one lucky player. They were caught off guard by the interior of a house but the decorations remained in place, even after death.

That should clear up any caution as to whether the Christmas-themed variant is real or not. While there’s no date locked in for this holiday takeover, we can obviously expect to see it in a matter of weeks as December draws to an end.

Nuketown seems to be the only map getting a festive makeover for now. Though there could always be some visual changes on the way for Warzone as well. We’ll have to wait and see.