The new Call of Duty: Warzone map is being leaked around the internet, and Activision isn't happy about it. The company has issued multiple DMCA takedown notices against leakers and gaming platforms that have shared the leaks.
Why is Activision issuing DMCAs over the leaked Call of Duty: Warzone map?
Originally, the new Call of Duty: Warzone map - which will purportedly be an updated version of Verdansk with 1980s theming - was leaked by Twitter account On Thin Ice. Said account revealed a work-in-progress version of a celebrity-packed live-action advertisement for the updated Cold War-themed Verdansk map. The account subsequently removed the leak and apologized for sharing it, claiming that it believed the leak was already public. Following this, the leaks were picked up by Charlie Intel and VGC, both of whom were hit with DMCA notices by Activision demanding that they take down the content. Naturally, this is happening because Activision hasn't officially revealed this information yet.
Unfortunately, we can't show you any of what was revealed by these platforms, because we don't want to get hit by the same DMCA rampage that has claimed those platforms' content. The new Verdansk map features sweeping changes to various locations including the Stadium, the Airport, and the Dam. The Stadium will be under construction in 1980s Verdansk, while the Airport features new Cold War-themed planes and other objects and the Dam is now a bridge connecting Verdansk together. Expect plenty of other changes in line with what looks to be a pretty big shake-up to the Verdansk map.
When is the new Call of Duty: Warzone Verdansk map launching?
Sadly, we don't know yet. According to the VGC article, Call of Duty: Warzone's new map was supposed to launch back in November alongside Black Ops Cold War, but was delayed due to "several factors". Given that the live-action spot in the leak looks like it's well along the path to completion, we should expect a reveal for the new map sooner rather than later. As Charlie Intel points out, we're expecting Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's Season 3 to drop in mid-to-late April, so we could see a launch then. You'll have to wait and see. Just don't retweet these leaks or you might risk Activision's almighty banhammer.
You can play Call of Duty: Warzone for free right now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game is also playable on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S via backwards compatibility, with some visual and performance enhancements available if you check it out on those platforms.
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