Black Ops Cold War is the current mainline Call of Duty game and quite popular in the community for its return to form for the series. But what it doesn’t bring back from the previous Black Ops title is the Blackout mode or a Black Ops Cold War battle royale map in general.
Twitter User Reportedly Leaks Cold War Battle Royale Map
Of course, with Call of Duty Warzone’s release, there is no need for this latest title to have a battle royale game mode of its own. However, many players want an official Black Ops Cold War battle royale map to connect the two popular games.
We technically got that with Rebirth Island in Season 1 of Warzone, but that isn’t enough for some players, especially since it isn’t exactly original content created for Cold War. Oddly enough, though, it looks like there would be an actual battle royale map dedicated to this game at some point.
A strange image was posted on social media recently by the Twitter account Nanikos. This Twitter account is from an unspecified programmer who has posted about Call of Duty a lot lately. But the image is particularly noteworthy for the potential information that it reveals.
Keep in mind, though, that this is from a Twitter account of someone unproven to us. We have not had the chance to cover this user’s work in the past. There are no relevant sources for the image that have been released. The user didn’t mention if they previously worked with Treyarch or anything like that, which would have helped.
Map Is Seemingly a Blackout Sequel Location
The Twitter user posted an image of what is, according to them, a cut Black Ops Cold War battle royale map that is not ever going to release for any of the games. They noted that they don’t care what happens to their account if Activision gets involved, hinting that there is potentially something going on behind the scenes between the two parties.
The Black Ops Cold War battle royale map is supposedly the cut Ural Mountains map for battle royale cut at some point in development. What is weird about this whole situation is that it is seemingly hinted that developer Treyarch created it.
It would seem that this map follows up to the Blackout battle royale map that we had in Black Ops 4 before Cold War. The map is designed in a similar way to that map and has a size to it that is immediately familiar to players.
For the most part, it does stray away from having the original Blackout map’s familiar locations, though, so don’t expect to see Nuketown Island or anything like that here. Instead, it seems that the map divides into four main biomes that we can see in the image.
What the Canceled Map Includes
There is the traditional woodsy, green area on the left side of the map, taking up the largest portion of the location, followed by the snowy region in the southeastern sector. North of the snowy area is the Chemical Labs and the lava-filled area that is there.
A little bit to the northeast of the lava section is the mines area, where you can see a more desert-like biome. The map image isn’t the most high-quality picture, but you can see the different lakes, trees, and named locations that fill up the Black Ops Cold War battle royale map.
What is even more interesting is when you look closer at the map and recognize some of the locations that are there but not because they are coming back from another battle royale area. Instead, they are familiar with being locations that we are familiar with in Black Ops Cold War.
The final game includes locations on the Black Ops Cold War battle royale map, like the slopes that are presumably where one of the Fireteam maps is located, the Russian town of Golova that just released in the midseason update and the Sanatorium in the southwestern corner by the lake.
Considering how large each of these locales is in their respective maps, it is clear that this would be pretty big in general and would encompass all of the Fireteam maps, much like what Modern Warfare and Warzone did with its Ground War locales.
Canceled Map Is Not the One Coming to Warzone Soon
This is what we wanted to see from Warzone, as it would have made sense to come out with a Cold War-themed map that included Fireteam locations like the Sanatorium and so on. However, there is something weird about this whole situation.
The Twitter user who leaked this Black Ops Cold War battle royale map noted that this cut Ural Mountains location is not the map coming to Call of Duty Warzone later this month on April 22. We already know a new map is coming to Warzone due to the myriad of leaks and rumors.
According to this person, the new map is not this one that has been leaked even though it would make the most sense. It seems that Treyarch developed this map as a possible Blackout sequel one but didn’t need it in the end due to Warzone taking off as the premier Call of Duty battle royale experience.
But it is worth noting that this is just an unconfirmed rumor at this point from the user as we have no idea what the new map is going to be just yet. Plus, they have not provided any way to verify what they are saying is true, so stay tuned for now until we have more info about this strange situation.
Epic adds iHeartRadio, Krita, and more apps to its launcher
Epic Games is expanding its reach by adding more PC apps to the Epic Games Launcher, the company announced today.
This means that users will be able to download and run various apps through the Epic Games Store, including the already available Spotify.
The newest additions to the platform’s app page include Itch.io, Brave, KenShape, Krita, and iHeartRadio. Here’s a brief description of each of them along with any limitations that have been listed by Epic.
- Itch.io: DRM free, indie-focused game store where developers run a “pay what you want” pricing model for consumers.
- Brave: Open-source browser that automatically blocks ads and website trackers while letting users send cryptocurrency contributions to content creators and websites they want to support.
- KenShape: Software used to generate 3D models based on 2D pixel art drawn using various shapes, which is directly compatible with most game engines.
- Krita: Digital painting app that’s used by millions to create illustrations, comics, animations, sketches, paintings, and more.
- iHeartRadio: Free all-in-one digital music, podcasting, and livestreaming radio service that also offers subscriptions that give access to on-demand features.
- Available only in North America.
Epic is also launching a Fortnite partnership with Spotify today at 7pm CT, where Fortnite Crew Members will receive three free months of Spotify service if they’re new Spotify premium subscribers.
More apps are going to be coming to the Epic Games Launcher in the future, including Epic’s face-to-face social network Houseparty and Discord.
When is the Destruction of Verdansk Part 2 in Warzone?
When is the destruction of Verdansk Part 2 in Warzone? Activision kicked off Call of Duty: Warzone’s end with a big nuclear event. Although the game crashes made it difficult for players to fully enjoy the experience, what comes next is just a few short hours away.
The next phase of the event kicks off at 12 p.m. PST. For now, players have only been able to access Rebirth Island’s night mode. Part two of the event comes 24 hours after the nuke’s launch, which saw a missile launch from one of the silos around Verdansk. A mushroom cloud engulfed Stadium and Downtown, and the explosion immediately spread throughout the map.
Part two of the event kicks off in Rebirth, so you’ll need to hop into the night mode if you want to see this next step for yourself. There will be plenty of live content creators checking out the event live if you’re unable to make it.
What can we expect next? It’s sort of hard to anticipate what is to come, but it’s essentially confirmed that players will have access to a 1984 reskin of Verdansk. In the meantime, Season 3 is officially live, and there have been a lot of changes to popular weapons in Warzone.
Live-Action Call of Duty: Warzone Season 3 Trailer Released
Activision has released a brand new live-action trailer for Call of Duty: Warzone Season 3.
Titled “Squad up the World,” the trailer went live early on Thursday, April 22—marking the definitive start of Warzone’s Season 3. Its release marks a welcome return to live-action footage as fans haven’t seen a new trailer of this type since 2017. Squad up the World featured appearances by several notable celebrities and musicians, dipping in and out of “game” as they performed military-style feats to the prolific track “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC.
The trailer, itself, primarily focused on capturing the intensity experienced by players as they band together with friends to dominate Verdansk. Directed by Gibson Hazard—best known for his work on the music videos of Drake, Billie Eilish, and more—fans had a chance to see some of the biggest names in hip hop and gaming, alike, come together and showcase exactly what Warzone is capable of.
Names such as Saweetie, Swae, Young Thug, Michelle Viscusi, Mookie Betts, and even Nadeshot flashed across the screen firing well-known weapons, operating copters, and careening through the city streets in a high octane, action sequence reminiscent of in-game events.
In an attempt to bring that feeling home, the audience even got a chance to see them sitting behind screens, themselves, controllers in hand, and headsets secured reacting to the actions their “in-game” counterparts just performed.
Regardless of Season 3’s rocky start in the past 24 hours, long-time players are no doubt feeling a bit of nostalgia following its trailer release. Perhaps this is the turning point Activision needs to win its player base back and kick off the next segment of Warzone in style.
League players raise more than $7 million for charity with Elderwood Ornn fundraiser
After years of waiting, League of Legends fans finally got their hands on a second Ornn skin with Riot’s latest charity fundraiser, Elderwood Ornn, in December 2020. That skin, it turns out, raised more than $7 million for charity from the end of last year to early January, the developer revealed today.
The purple and bright blue skin, which cost 1,350 RP (or roughly $10), raised money for the Riot Games Social Impact Fund at Impact Assets, the developer’s charitable financial partner, beating Dawnbringer Karma’s $6 million charity record from the previous year.
“Thank you all so much for continuing to support highly impactful organizations around the world,” Riot said. “We hope you’ll join us again in this year’s charity fundraiser, so we can continue to build a better world together.”
The Social Impact Fund was created in 2019 as a “unique philanthropic venture” fund that allows Riot to make “direct investments” into a variety of “global organizations” aimed at “solving some of the world’s most pressing issues.”
Since establishing the project, the League community has raised over $13 million for charity, not including the many millions of dollars contributed for skins like Dark Star Cho’Gath in 2018 before the fund was created.
Altogether, that money has been donated to more than 25 different causes around the world.
“The Riot Games Social Impact Fund is an independent entity separate from Riot Games the developer and publisher,” Riot’s fundraiser page reads. “It is also structured in such a way that all funding must be used to pursue positive social impact.”
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