It appears the spicy countdown to the next Call of Duty title is just getting started.
In Warzone Season 5, players who've reigned supreme have unexpectedly been treated to an in-game teaser for the first-person shooter franchise's next chapter that's been highly rumored to be themed around World War II and developed by Sledgehammer Games, Call of Duty: Vanguard.
Posted onto YouTube on Aug. 13 by AJ21&Family, the traditional winning cutscene in Warzone, where players and their squad fly off in the helicopter scot-free, has been replaced.
Instead, the updated 34-second cinematic has a twist in the middle. While it starts just as the old one, except in a new setting, where the last surviving squad is given a rope to zip up to the helicopter, the last player is picked off tragically in classic Call of Duty-slow motion and left behind.
Next, the camera cuts to what appears to be a woman dressed in old Russian military fatigues. With her wooden bolt-action rifle still smoking from the shot, she reloads, lying in wait for her next victim.
Since the video's initial posting, the official Call of Duty YouTube channel has replied, and became the pinned comment with one simple emoji—"?."
Additionally, Call of Duty 2021 writer Sam Maggs quote tweeted the trailer on social media with an "Atta girl ??."
Aside from this in-game easter egg, Call of Duty is starting to go way on the offensive in promoting its next title in the past few days, having sent teasers to influencers and tweeted a three-second clip showing what appears to be a battle from the upcoming game.
For more on Call of Duty: Vanguard, feel free to check out our coverage of a leak regarding details about Warzone's next map.