Call of Duty

Call of Duty Zombies Forsaken Map Coming in Next Update

One of the teasers for the new Zombies map.
One of the teasers for the new Zombies map. / Photo courtesy of Activision

Call of Duty Zombies' next map, a mysterious location so far known only as a "Forsaken" battleground at Test Site Anna in Ukraine, is set to arrive in the game's Season 6 update, per a variety of leaks and official teases.

Treyarch started the hype cycle by dropping two teaser images for the new map on Sept. 14. Each depicted the same massive structure and contained a different written message written over a photo of the place. The first such message read, "Weaver — This is the place. We must make our stand here. Ravenov." The second message said, "Omega's next operation is already well underway. They have been constructing for months."

Two days later, Treyarch published a report from the "Office of Requiem," a letter from Weaver, which discussed the extraction of Sergeant Kazimir Zykov. A second report, published the next day, was from The Director and described Operation First Domino.

On Sept. 22, Treyarch published a photo of a Margwa Zombie appearing to have exited a portal.

"New horrors have emerged from the Dark Aether," Treyarch wrote, indicating this Black Ops 3 enemy might return in the new map.

Another Treyarch teaser came Sept. 23, and showed a blueprint for something called the Exoscientific Phenomena Omega, which is designed to contain... something. "Something big," according to Treyarch. It may be the Forsaken itself, though that's yet to be confirmed.

Here's the official Forsaken map description from Treyarch:

“As fans have learned in the latest Intel throughout Season Five, Requiem’s Director has plans for Samantha Maxis, employing unorthodox methods to 'help' her understand the powers she has developed during her time in the Dark Aether.

"Requiem and Omega have embarked upon rival operations to extract Sergeant Kazimir Zykov from the Dark Aether, believing this 'lost Russian' – the Soviet soldier who closed the portal at Projekt Endstation – will be the key to preventing a destructive force from entering our world.

"And now, Omega defector Sergei Ravenov has provided Requiem with intelligence detailing a massive new Aetherial portal being constructed in western Ukraine…"

The new map is expected to launch in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 6, which arrives Thursday, Oct. 7.