— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) April 13, 2021
The short video clip, which displays the screen of a Cold War-era computer, displays a glitching image of a skull that is quickly replaced with “04.21 12PM PT”. This clip is accompanied by the text “The end is near…”
For quite some time now, rumours and leaks have pointed to Call of Duty: Warzone’s Verdansk map being ‘blown up’ by a nuclear bombardment, allowing it to be replaced with a Cold War-era version of the landscape to better tie into the current Black Ops Cold War storyline. It appears such rumours were correct, and that the nuclear event is set to happen at 12pm PT on April 21.
In recent weeks Activision issued a DCMA takedown to a website covering Warzone map leaks, which did suggest that they were in fact legitimate leaks. Then just a few days ago nuclear missiles were spotted soaring across Verdansk in-game, but not doing any damage. It’s unclear if these missiles are a bug, assets simply delivered too early, or an actual tease from Activision.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.