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A number of new details on Call of Duty: Warzone’s new Pacific map have been revealed. A new Blog Activision Post shows numerous new images and the current in-game map of Caldera, the Pacific island that replaces the fictional Eastern European region of Verdansk.
At first glance, the map looks about the size of Verdansk, which was already quite large. The picture also shows the named points of interest, such as the mountain “Peak” in the north center, the sandy banks of the “Beachhead” in the east and a new airfield in the southwest. I can only guess why a seaside resort is next to a submarine pen. Caldera is set in the Pacific scene from 1944, so expect many well-known iconographies from World War II.
If you’re wondering what these points of interest will look like in action, Activision has released tons of new screenshots showing each key location.
Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific – Caldera Map Images
Activision also announced that Call of Duty: Vanguard owners will have access to the Caldera map 24 hours early on December 8th. In the meantime, players who do not own Vanguard will simply be placed on the smaller Rebirth Island. Once Caldera is released to all players, Rebirth Island will be disabled for an indefinite period of time, but Activision says it will return later in season one.
Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific will also try to tweak the Warzone meta. The new Battle Royale map will start with 40 weapons, 38 of which are from Vanguard, and more than a dozen operators based on Vanguard characters.
Loadouts can only contain Vanguard weapons, and players can only find Vanguard weapons that are scattered around the map. So don’t expect to bring your weapons into battle in the near future. Activision also changes the speed and radius of circles to accommodate dogfights.
Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific Caldera map screenshots
Other new functions and changes are:
- Any player who wins a gulag match respawns with all weapons and equipment acquired in the gulag, not a standard pistol.
- The Dead Silence Perk receives a nerf.
- Stopping power rounds are deactivated.
- Nerfs for stunning grenades, heartbeat sensors and two-handed melee weapons like the Kali Sticks and Sai.
- Loadout Drop Markers can only be purchased at Buy Stations after the in-game Loadout Drop event takes place.
- Buffs for the snapshot grenade, the stim, lock grenade and increased damage to the “most lethal equipment”.
- Gas masks do not interrupt “as many” actions as before.
- The addition of gas canisters containing the same poison gas in the circle but with a much smaller radius. You can also pick up and throw gas bottles.
- Shallow water can hide steps (though not completely) even from players tracking you through the tracker advantage. Crouching in knee-high water gives you the cold-blooded benefit. Fire-based weapons also emit smoke when they come into contact with water.
The new contract types include:
- Supply Drop, which throws a single box of valuable loot on the map for all players, but only the team that started the contract can see its exact location on the map.
- Big Game Bounty: Aims at the player with the highest number of kills, but only once per game.
- A “top secret” contract that Activision has blacked out all information about.
Remember that previously announced Kernel-level drivers will be required for all PC players in the next Warzone update, and will come to Vanguard Multiplayer at a later date.
Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific launches December 8th for Vanguard owners and December 9th for all other players. Meanwhile, Activision is imposing some serious bans on Warzone scammers, including all past, present, and future Call of Duty games.
Joseph Knoop is a writer / producer / operator for IGN.