Call of Duty: Warzone is Officially Changing its Name

Call of Duty: Vanguard Season One is due to begin on the 2nd of December, and Activision has announced major news for Call of Duty: Warzone that will be occurring as part of the new season. For one, the game will officially be changing its name to “Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific“. Moreover, a new Pacific map will completly replace Verdansk as the default battle royale map, with Verdansk being retired for the time being.

“Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific”

Launching alongside the first season of Call of Duty: Vanguard; Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific is described as a new era for Call of Duty battle royale. The new Pacific map takes place in the Vanguard time period and setting, in the Pacific theatre of the Second World War, and will feature a full range of weapons, vehicles, etc. from Call of Duty: Vanguard. Indeed, the map is reportedly roughly the same size as Verdansk, and will become the default Warzone map.

Call of Duty Warzone Pacific Name Change 2

After 18 months of continuous use, the Verdansk map itself will actually be retiring from active service; from the 2nd of December, it will no longer be playable. (Of course, it’s very likely that it will make the occasional return as part of limited-time events and suchlike.) However, for the time being, Verdansk will be gone and Pacific will take its place. “Lush forests and rocky crags,” describes Activision; “White sand beaches and mysterious ruins. And a dormant volcano that towers over the 200-plus points of interest.”

Notably, Pacific has been built on the same engine as Call of Duty: Vanguard. Thus, the name change and new map appear to be a way to update Warzone to the latest Call of Duty engine. (Rather than releasing a brand-new game.) The game will also be implementing Activision’s new RICOCHET Anti-Cheat system; aimed at curbing the issue of cheating from the battle royale title.