Call of Duty: Warzone: Teasers Suggest Zombies and Nova Gas are Coming
Call of Duty Warzone appears to be teasing a Zombies crossover, with out-of-place trial machines and screen distortion being reported by players.
As spotted by Eurogamer, an unfinished version of the Cold War Zombies Trial Machine has cropped up in the Verdansk Hospital in Warzone’s Rumble playlist. You can see the machine in this tweet from EricMaynardII. When approached, the player is given a prompt which reads ZAI/ACTIVATE_ZOMBIES, but it does nothing. The script for the prompt is clearly not what it should be – it feels like players weren’t supposed to find this yet, or maybe it’s part of a wider easter egg or ARG.
Soooooo…. There’s a Cold War Zombies Trial Machine in Hospital On Warzone…
— eric maynard (@EricMaynardII) February 11, 2021
Other Warzone players have noted in-game screen distortion, which operates a bit like a jumpscare except with TV static and morse code. CaberCC triggered the morse code pop-up, which has chanting in the background. Over on Reddit, user Soggy_nugget86 posted a similar video on the recently added Rebirth Island, which seems to be an extended version of the scare, which contains a few voice lines in Russian. In the comments, user Wolf-of-icewrack has seemingly translated what is being said.
-Dispatch, this is russian ship “Vodyanoy” channel 1-2, over
-This is dipatch, requesting shipping permit to Verdansk, over
-Dispatch, cargo secured, all systems are fine. Get ready to go. Over.
You can actually see the ship Vodyanoy in Warzone, as spotted by KStidge on Twitter. But what is it transporting? The community thinks it’s Nova 6, given that Rebirth Island is where the chemical weapon was developed, and the gas appears throughout Black Ops lore, and in the game’s Zombies mode. The Warzone lore is looking very interesting right now, so expect more news and easter eggs in the coming days. All signs point to zombies.
In other Warzone news, Activision recently banned over 60 thousand cheaters from the game.
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