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First look at Warzone night map in ‘Haunting in Verdansk’ Season 6 event

Published: 29/Sep/2020 0:12 Updated: 29/Sep/2020 0:35

by Tanner Pierce

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Activision and Infinity Ward have announced that Call of Duty: Warzone will be getting a Halloween-themed ‘Haunting in Verdansk,’ the first seasonal event for the battle royale, and it appears to feature a night version of the BR map.

Seasonal events have been around in the Call of Duty franchise for the past few years; once a holiday or season rolls around, generally speaking, a new event gets added to the game based around that time of the year, especially for Halloween, Christmas, the summertime, etc.

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Noticeably, however, both Modern Warfare and Warzone haven’t really featured any. While they did add the Games of Summer during Season 5, the lack of any real seasonal events has been quite apparent, especially when compared to recent years. That, however, seems to be changing.

At the end of the Season 6 reveal trailer, on September 28, Activision and Infinity Ward announced the Haunting in Verdansk event for Warzone, which is set to bring some spooky content to BR.

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According to Activision, Haunting in Verdask is set to begin on October 20 and last until November 3, which is a little bit less than a month before Season 6 ends, if it follows the same pattern as previous seasons.

In addition, the S6 roadmap mentions that the event will feature brand new limited-time modes (LTMs), although it doesn’t specifically mention what they are just yet.

That being said, if past leaks are to be believed, a night map and a “Zombies Royale” mode will be making its way into the game at some point, with the trailer even giving a quick glimpse at the dark version of Verdansk.

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Night Mode will almost certainly bring new playstyles to the Warzone.

While not confirmed, all signs point to this Haunting in Verdansk event as being the most likely way that a night mode gets added to Warzone, seeing as how it not only fits the theme but would also allow for it to be separate from the default core playlists.

Here’s another image from the trailer, which clearly shows the Warzone airplane flying over several players dropping down, all while a massive full moon stares menacingly through the clouded, night sky.

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Night Mode, which was seen in the Season 6 reveal trailer, is coming to Warzone.

Details on the Zombies Royale mode are scarce, however, leaked audio lines suggest that players will be forced to fight against the undead in some way. The zombies themselves will be immune to the gas that surrounds the map and there may even be Hellhounds that spawn in the surrounding areas.

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In addition, there’s also a slew of rewards set to be introduced during the event itself. Like the aforementioned modes, there’s little official confirmation on any specific items, except for a few, such as this outfit that’s clearly Jason Voorhees-inspired.

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Activision and Infinity Ward have announced a new seasonal event for Warzone titled Haunting in Verdansk.

Activision also showed this image in their Season 6 info post, featuring what appears to be a finisher move involving the use of a bat – all clearly Halloween-themed.

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This bat finisher move could be part of Warzone’s Haunting in Verdansk Season 6 event.

Considering both the Zombies and the Halloween-theme, the leaked skin of Nikolai from Black Ops will almost certainly be included during this event, either for players to unlock or purchase as a bundle in the shop.

On another note, there’s a creepy laugh featured at the end of the trailer, which is the exact same one used by Jigsaw within the Saw film franchise. Could this be a hint that John Kramer himself could be coming to the game? Before you immediately discount it, remember that horror icons Michael Myers and Predator appeared in Call of Duty: Ghosts…so you never know.

Either way, we’ll surely know more about the event in the weeks to come, so make sure to follow us on Twitter @DexertoINTEL for all the latest info.

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What’s included in the Black Ops Cold War Beta: modes, bonus unlocks, more

Published: 13/Oct/2020 18:40 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 18:45

by Tanner Pierce

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The Black Ops Cold War Beta is finally here. Download links are now live for those who pre-ordered the game digitally and Treyarch has released some new information about what the pre-release version is going to include. Here’s everything you need to know.

After Activision and Treyarch gave fans on PlayStation 4 a small glimpse of Black Ops Cold War during open Alpha, which ran only for one weekend and included a handful of content, the game’s Beta is now in full swing

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Prior to the Beta’s launch, Treyarch released a lot of information about what would be included, such as the brand new mode that will be available during this pre-release period.

Cold War Beta modes

The modes that Treyarch are including with the Open Beta are similar to those found in the Open Alpha. That being said, there are two major additions that players of the latter didn’t get a chance to experience yet.

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The first is VIP Escort, which tasks players with protecting and bringing a specially designated player from one side of the map to the other, without being killed. Players can be downed in this mode, similar to Warzone, and scorestreaks are disabled.

In addition, players will also be able to play the new 40-player mode Fireteam: Dirty Bomb. Information about this mode is scarce, however, we do know that it will pit four teams of 10 players against one another in a fight for uranium on a large scale map.

  • Team Deathmatch
  • Kill Confirmed
  • Domination
  • Combined Arms Domination
  • VIP Escort
  • Combined Arms Assault
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The Black Ops Cold War Beta debuted a new multiplayer map called Cartel

Maps

There were a total of five maps during the BOCW Alpha, so all of them are expected to also be available during the Beta. Furthermore, Treyarch have announced that a new one called Cartel will also be added to the mix for both 6v6 and 12v12 modes.

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  • New: Cartel (6v6 & 12v12)
  • Satellite (6v6)
  • Miami (6v6)
  • Moscow (6v6)
  • Armada (12v12)
  • Crossroads (12v12)

FOV Slider & Ping system

For the first time ever, a Call of Duty game will feature a FOV slide on both PC and console, as announced by Treyarch. This will allow players to adjust their field of view in order to get a wider look at their surroundings at all times.

“We’re extremely excited to bring the Field of View (FOV) slider feature to all platforms for the first time in a Black Ops game, and you’ll be able to try it out during the Beta,” the devs wrote.

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For the first time ever, an FOV slider is coming to console in Black Ops Cold War!

That’s not the only thing making its CoD debut, at least as far as multiplayer is concerned. Black Ops Cold War will also see a Ping system added to MP for the first time, giving players a way to non-verbally communicate with each other.

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Users will be able to “ping objectives, loot, locations, and enemies” for teammates during a match, which had been the case in Warzone but never in a Call of Duty multiplayer.

More details about how these two new additions will work can be found in our FOV Slider and Ping system guide here.

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SMG Blueprint

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Activision has announced that players who get to level 10 during the beta will receive a free blueprint when the game releases.

Unlike the Alpha, players will be able to level up in a progression system that’s designed exclusively for this version.

Treyarch explains: “Players can progress and rank up in the Beta-specific leveling system where loadout items, including new weaponry, covert spy tech through Field Upgrades, and badass Scorestreaks can be unlocked by earning XP.”

Like every other CoD beta, there are rewards that you can earn for the full game. If players are able to reach level 10 at any point during the beta, they’ll receive a free Mutual Animosity Blueprint for the Type 821, which is the weapon most comparable to the Uzi in previous games.

The Black Ops Cold War Beta is set to include two new modes: Fireteam Dirty Bomb and VIP Escort.

Schedule

Treyarch previously announced the beta schedule, however, they once again clarified when everyone will be able to get their hands on it. Fans are currently able to pre-load the beta on PS4 and players on other platforms will be able to do so on October 13, 2020.

  • Weekend 1
    • October 8-9: PS4 early access
    • October 10-12: PS4 Open Beta
  • Weekend 2
    • October 15-16: PS4, Xbox One, PC early access
    • October 17-19: Open Beta for all platforms

As for what’s changing between the Alpha and the Beta, Treyarch released a massive set of patch notes on October 7 detailing all of the adjustments and improvements they’ve made since the game’s previous build.

All in all, this seems like a pretty packed Beta. Between the new Fireteam mode and the grind for max level, players should have a lot to do over the next couple of weekends.

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