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Leaked Warzone subway stations spotted during CDL Champs celebrations

Published: 31/Aug/2020 6:53

by Brad Norton

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The Call of Duty League’s Championship Weekend broadcast appears to have confirmed Warzone’s Season 6 plans as a celebratory portion of the stream unveiled a new look at Verdansk.

It’s no secret that Call of Duty’s mega-popular battle royale experience is barreling towards an explosive event. Season 6 is shaping up to be the final stretch in Modern Warfare before we transition to Black Ops Cold War.

How we take a step back in time to the Cold War-era remains up in the air, though plenty of teasers have been littered across the map over the past few months.  Developers have long hinted at a nuclear conclusion. From bunkers opening up to the train being added in Season 5, the developers have long hinted at a nuclear conclusion.

The latest string of leaks pointed towards subway stations being added in the near future. Now, it appears as though these leaks have been confirmed, after the CDL Championship weekend stream has revealed one such station in-game.

A leaked metro system that came to light on August 9 revealed plans for seven subway stations spread across Verdansk. One of which was positioned right outside of the recently blown-open Stadium. This new underground network would provide new playable spaces in the upcoming season, as well as provide new storytelling opportunities as we gear up for Black Ops Cold War.

During the August 30 CDL Championship Weekend broadcast, this exact subway station was revealed in-game for the very first time. A distinct change to the Point of Interest was spotted outside. A new subway station entrance was on display, leading to a new underground location. Whether intentional or not, 

This iteration of Verdansk was shown towards the tail end of the Grand Final broadcast. Following Dallas Empire’s monumental victory over Atlanta FaZe, Verdansk Stadium erupted in celebration. Fireworks lit up the sky and team branding took over screens in the stadium. Cameras flew by all the while to capture this special moment.

As one camera flew over the location, eagle-eyed fans spotted the new subway station already in-place. There’s no telling exactly when fans can expect these changes to the map, though they’re expected to arrive with Season 6.

The upcoming subway station can be seen at the 4:04:11 mark in the video below.

A nuclear finale has long-been rumored to cap off the final season of Warzone in Modern Warfare. This storyline appears to have been in motion from as early as Season 4. Warheads have appeared underneath the map and the upcoming subways could tie everything together.

Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks. As things ramp up towards the release of Black Ops Cold War, Warzone is sure to continue changing.

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Warzone boosts Activision microtransactions to over $1 billion in 3 months

Published: 30/Oct/2020 0:54

by Isaac McIntyre

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Activision Blizzard has confirmed Warzone is indeed the mammoth money-maker everyone was always expecting it to be; the ever-growing Modern Warfare battle royale boosted the Call of Duty publisher’s total Q3 2020 earnings to $1.77 billion, including $1.2 billion in microtransactions.

Activision Blizzard, the overseers in charge of Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch, shattered expectations when they unveiled their Q3 2020 earnings on Oct. 29. The publisher made $1.77 billion over the past three months.

Much of that, Dexerto can confirm the publishers revealed in an investors call on Thursday, was due to the popularity of Warzone. The new Modern Warfare battle royale has gone from strength to strength since its mega-sized release on March 10 earlier this year.

According to Activision in the call, Warzone alone was responsible for bringing in a $773m slice of the total $1.7b sum. Modern Warfare sales also added to the haul.

Activision’s Blizzard arm also raked in a hefty chunk of the Q3 profits. Hearthstone and World of Warcraft ⁠— which is just four weeks from its next expansion ⁠— made $411m. Finally, King’s mobile juggernaut ‘Candy Crush’ dominated with $536m.

Warzone’s dominance in the past eight months comes as no surprise. Recently, the Call of Duty battle royale overtook genre leader Fortnite as the most popular free-to-play title on the market for teen gamers, according to Yahoo Finance.

This has translated directly into Activision’s financial success. 

The publishers reported close to two-thirds of Warzone players either owned the full Modern Warfare title, or purchased the 2019 game’s multiplayer and campaign after playing.

“What we’ve seen with Call of Duty is an amazing transformation,” Bobby Kotick, chief executive officer of Activision Blizzard, said. “The phenomenon we had with Warzone is so many people are buying the premium Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.”

Call of Duty microtransactions were also four times higher thanks to Warzone.

Warzone fired Activision's Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.
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Warzone fired Activision’s huge Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.

In raw numbers, this has led to a huge 38% increase in revenue year on year, or a $490 million spike between Q3 2019 and the new Q3 2020 earnings.

“Warzone has really become an incredible addition to the franchise. It’s a central place where we can connect the entire Call of Duty community,” Kotick continued.

“I think maintaining that tight connection to the game is really important, especially for players who want to check out everything Call of Duty has to offer. You saw that with Modern Warfare. We plan to continue that into the future.”

Activision is banking on Warzone's momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.
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Activision is banking on Warzone’s momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.

Call of Duty has always been a juggernaut seller in the gaming community. It is now expected to continue its momentum into Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War early next month.

Black Ops Cold War will launch on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC on Nov. 13 with all three connected via crossplay. World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Shadowlands, is also finally set to drop soon after, on Monday, Nov. 23.