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Warzone Ural Mountains: New Warzone map rumors & release date

There have been many rumors that Ural Mountains will be the next Warzone map, so here’s what we know about this new location.



Fireteam: Dirty Bomb in Black Ops Cold War.

With Zombies running rampant over Verdansk in Season 2, rumors continue to suggest Warzone will head to Black Ops Cold War’s Ural Mountains in the future. Here’s everything we know about the possible new Warzone map.

Warzone has undoubtedly become one of the most popular Call of Duty titles ever, so it’s no surprise that players are always eager for new content to come to the game.

Warzone has passed its one-year anniversary, so players are eagerly looking forward to what’s in-store in the next season. Many now declare they are bored with Verdansk, and Rebirth Island was more of a spin-off than the full CoD Battle Royale experience.

Players driving vehicles in Black Ops Cold War's Fireteam: Dirty Bomb.

Rebirth Island isn’t for everyone, and many are still calling for a new map to be added to play battle royale besides Verdansk, with it all but confirmed that the Ural Mountain from Black Ops Cold War will fill that space.

Ural Mountains

The strongest rumors regarding a new Warzone map all revolve around Black Ops Cold War’s Fireteam: Dirty Bomb and Zombies’ Outbreak mode.

Player fighting zombies in BOCW Outbreak

Currently, there are three maps for this 40-player mode named Alpine, Sanatorium, and Ruka, which are all set in Russia’s Ural Mountains. Season 2’s Outbreak has also given us access to one more Ural Mountains location, Gololva. What makes players believe these could be used in Warzone is the fact that in the game’s code, their names start with the letters “wz.”

With the maps already bigger than regular 6v6 maps, it would make sense to bring them together to create a larger map for Warzone, while Fireteam already uses a lot of Warzone‘s mechanics anyway. Verdansk first arrived as playable locations in Ground War, Modern Warfare’s large-scale multiplayer mode.

Verdansk being nuked

With Black Ops Cold War x Warzone Season 2, Zombies arrived in Verdansk on the ship that crashed onto the shore between Port and Prison. This infection has begun to spread, with Zombies now overrunning Prison. It’s expected that Zombies will continue to spread across Verdansk until the whole area is infested with the undead.

Player fighting zombies in CoD Warzone

But what does that all mean for the Ural Mountains?

Audio files for an upcoming Warzone game mode called “Plague” were leaked. Through the announcer comms, we could hear Zombies had in fact overrun Verdansk and players were tasked with taking it back. This event, or mode, ends with Verdansk being nuked.

It’s expected that after Verdansk is wiped off the face of the earth, players will head to the Ural Mountains to continue the battle royale action.

Ural Mountains release date

Many players expected the end of Verdansk to coincide with Warzone’s one-year anniversary on March 10. By the anniversary, Zombies had not yet overrun Verdansk but it doesn’t look to be far away.

Golova map Black Ops Cold War

It was leaked that this massive event to destroy Verdansk would occur on March 11, but we now know that to be false. However, as Zombies continue to infest areas of the map, nuking of Verdansk appears to be approaching fast.

Although there are new rumors the Ural Mountains will arrive in April, there’s of course no official word for when the new map will arrive. It’s very likely that it will arrive either during Warzone Season 2 or launch with Season 3, though.

1980s revamp leaked for Warzone Season 3

A new clip was leaked that gave us our first look at the next evolution of Verdansk. This was a celebrity commercial that showcased the map getting a 1980s makeover.

Locations like Stadium, Dam, Airport, and Downtown were prominently featured in the leaked clip, and they had various changes to help them suit the new aesthetic. Activision then had the commercial taken down from all areas online.

Verdansk will get a 1980s makeover in Warzozne Season 3

This leaks makes the arrival of the Ural Mountains less likely to happen soon, but we might still see them added to the game at a later point. It’s unlikely that Verdansk will still be playable when they do arrive.

Some battle royales like PUBG have a rotation of maps that players can choose from, while others like Fortnite prefer to keep play to just one island.

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How to set up Custom Games in Black Ops Cold War Season 4

Use our in-depth guide to learn how to set up your own Custom Games in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 4.



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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 4 has many weapons and modes for you to experiment with. Here’s how you can set up your own Custom Game.

For many players, the thought of stepping foot into CoD’s multiplayer is a terrifying prospect, and a quick warm-up against AI or friends is necessary. Or perhaps you want to test out a new weapon to see how it handles, but a competitive match won’t do it justice. Then a handy Custom Game is just the thing that you need.

The limitless freedom is what makes a Custom Game so handy. Black Ops Cold War has an ever-increasing roster of weapons and maps for players to dive into. Season 4 and its Reloaded update has really fleshed out the game with Mauer Der Toten vastly expanding the Zombies universe and new multiplayer maps to enjoy.

So let’s go over Custom Games and how you can set them up privately.

How to make a Custom Black Ops Cold War game

player using an m16 in cold war multiplayer

Here is how you can set up a Custom Game for yourself in Black Ops Cold War:

  1. Boot up Cold War
  2. Head to the Black Ops Cold War lobby screen
  3. Select ‘Custom Games’ from the bottom left
  4. Go down until you find ‘Edit Game Rules’
  5. Click on ‘Settings’
  6. Manipulate them until you are satisfied

You can alter the details of the match by changing the time limit, the number of times you can respawn, and how long it takes to do so. You can also change the round score and mess around with some of the more advanced settings. These advanced options will give you even more control over how the game goes.

Generally, you can choose to play against other players, but only those who you want to invite. You can also choose to play with bots so you have a bit of practice before initiating a private game. If you want to simply get a feel for the loadout, then turn the bot difficulty down.

When you’re in a Custom Game, you can take your time and go through various new guns like the C58 and MG 82 LMG, use their attachments, and see how they affect your ability to play. You won’t have to worry about being shot by other rowdy players who would ruin your concentration and keep you focused on your own survival the entire time.

How to make a Custom BOCW Zombies game

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Setting up your own game of Zombies is generally very similar to the creation of a regular match.

Here is how you can set up a Custom Game for yourself:

  1. Open the Black Ops Cold War Zombies screen
  2. Press your right bumper or click on “Private” which is next to “Public”
  3. Create your own Custom Game

That’s it. It’s that simple. Now you can enjoy localized versions of Dead Ops 3, Die Maschine, Firebase Z, Outbreak, and Mauer Der Toten.

Where is the Custom Game button?

cod bocw custom match

During one of the Black Ops Cold War updates, many people became concerned that Custom Games had been removed altogether. The reality is that Treyarch inadvertently moves it further down every now and again.

Due to the addition of so many different playlist options, Custom Games have been relegated to the bottom of the pile. Simply keep scrolling down through the modes, and you’ll see that it’s still there.

That should cover everything you need to know about setting up a Custom Game in Black Ops Cold War.

Also, check out the best Outbreak loadout for CoD: Black Ops Cold War.

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How to get Warzone & Cold War Thrust Engine Blueprint

The Engine Thrust Blueprint has arrived in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, find out how to acquire it with our quick and easy guide.



warzone thrust engine bundle

The Special Ops Pro Pack is a new bundle in Call of Duty: Warzone and Cold War Season 4. It comes with many cool items, including the new Thrust Engine Blueprint, and our guide will show you how to get it.

Special skins and weapon Blueprints help to prolong longevity in Call of Duty as players get drawn to these stunning new cosmetics. Whether it’s running around looking like Rambo and John McClane, or wielding a gun that is a literal dragon, items like this keep people coming back.

The July 22, 2021 update saw some new bundles be added to the CoD store, one of which includes the glorious new Thrust Engine Blueprint.

Check our quick guide to see how you can grab it yourself.

Warzone & Cold War Thrust Engine Blueprint Guide: How to buy & price

Special Ops Bundle in CoD

The Thurst Engine Blueprint is a special weapon skin for the FARA 83 Assault Rifle, and it gives it a secretive black coating to go with Portnova’s new Roze-like skin.

To claim the bundle for yourself, you’ll just need to do the following:

  1. Boot up either ‘Black Ops Cold War’ or ‘Warzone’
  2. Head on over to the ‘Store’ tab
  3. Search through the Bundles until you see the ‘Special Ops Pro Pack’
  4. Select it, and use COD Points to purchase the bundle
  5. Now equip any items from the bundle you desire!

If you’re looking to buy it, the Special Ops Pro Pack will set you back $19.99 / £16.79

What items do you get with the Special Ops Pro Pack Bundle?

special pro pack contents

The main Operator skin and weapon Blueprint aren’t the be-all and end-all for everyone, so it’s important to know everything that comes with the bundle.

Here’s what you get with the Special Ops Pro Pack Bundle:

  • Hypersonic Operator Skin
  • Sound Barrier SMG Blueprint
  • Thrust Engine Assault Rifle Blueprint
  • Ace Pilot Calling Card
  • Challenge Coin Emblem
  • 2,400 COD Points

The COD Points are a decent part of this bundle as it can pay for more Bundles, or even pay for the Season 5 Battle Pass.

Also, check out the new CoD: Mobile Undead Siege Zombies game mode.

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Black Ops Cold War players call for major change to Special weapons

The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War community is calling for Treyarch to make a major change to the Special weapons category.



Cold War Special Weapons

Special weapons are some of the most unique and exciting items in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, but community members are calling for Treyarch Studios to make a major change to how they operate.

There are various categories of weapons that players can use to battle their enemies in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The game has the standard Assualt Rifles, SMGs, LMGs, Pistols, and more.

However, it also has a category known as Special weapons, which consist of unconventional weapons that allow players to collect some highlight and adrenaline-fueled kills.

While these weapons can be extremely powerful, Black Ops Cold War players have begun to call for a major change in how the Special weapons can be used in the game.

Black Ops Cold War Special Weapons

Taking to the official Black Ops Cold War subreddit, community member -Lusty- started a thread stating that they wished that the Special weapons had attachments players could equip like all of the other weapon categories in Cold War.

Many other players agreed as they wish there were attachments available for the Black Ops Cold War Special weapons that would allow them to change the playstyle of the weapons or offer new ways to use these items.

An example was given by community member springsight, who commented that they would like to see things like smoke rounds for the M97 Grenade Launcher.

“I want something that makes the launcher actually viable. Give me smoke rounds, flash rounds, semtex rounds, I just want to make things go boom :(.”

There is no doubt that the addition of attachments to the M97 Grenade Launcher, Ballistic Knife, Nail Gun, and R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow would make for even more exciting moments for Black Ops Cold War players to experience.

For more Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, check out how to play Season 4 Reloaded Multiplayer and Zombies content for free, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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