On Reddit, multiple popular posts have popped up the r/Warzone and r/CODWarzone communities in the last few days, reminiscing about the Showers map, and garnering hundreds of comments asking for it to be brought back to the game.
Those posts have spawned a lot of discussion around what people miss about the Showers map. Mash1003 wrote, “Best thing about it was that it was symmetrical, no matter which side you spawned on it was the same. […] Original gulag was fair.” iNOyThCagedBirdSings agreed: “The slight changes between multiple gulags while maintaining equal footing for both spawns and simple layouts? God I miss it.”
Others prefer the more in-universe approach of the Showers map: “It’s not even a gulag anymore it’s just a multiplayer map 1v1,” wrote kmac868. “Make it a GULAG again if you’re going to call it a gulag.”
Many of the requests for Showers to return have emerged in the days since the new Verdansk ’84 map was released and, with it, a brand new Gulag layout, based on Black Ops 2’s Standoff map – it’s also the first Gulag map to come with multiple floors. It’s been a controversial addition.
“It’s horrible, wrote Tortfeasor55. “It’s a maze made for campers. Half of my gulags we can’t even find each other.” Many have pointed to how dark the new Gulag map is, which is causing some players particular trouble. Vyduh wrote: “It’s really hard to see people with colorblind mode on, am losing 99% of my gulags.”By far the most common complaint, however, seems to be the increasingly complex layouts in a mode designed for a quick one-on-one that could see you returned to the main game – as warofthechosen puts it, “I’m [tired] of these over complicated gulags.”
Of course, any addition to a competitive game – which could make otherwise seasoned players struggle to find their footing initially – will come with a certain amount of unease. Other players have relished the more complex tactics a ‘busier’ map offers.
“New gulag is by far the best,” wrote TragicMeerkat, “different elevations and in an L shape 3 routes to take on ground level or go up and over through the house. More choices more chances to win I have won and lost so many different ways.”Some have called for a Gulag map rotation, to allow for new ideas alongside the established maps. “They should randomly cycle each of the 3 gulags every time you’re in there,” wrote ColtsNetsSharks. Some would prefer a more ambitious approach to the recent uses of existing Call of Duty maps as Gulags, with aizok suggesting, “Honestly i like current gulags but i wish they would rotate between games like have small parts of every fan fave [multiplayer] map and put them in.”
No matter the fan response, it seems unlikely right now that the original Gulag map will return, after associate creative director Amos Hodge said the original Verdansk map will never be used again in Warzone. Gulag Showers could well be seen as a part of that original map set-up and, with Raven seemingly prioritising new ideas, Showers might be deemed surplus to requirements too.