A new image leaked on Twitter has revealed what would have been the Ural Mountains map in Warzone.
Twitter user Nanikos posted the image to their account around 4 a.m. ET on April 5, explaining that this is the map that got cut, but "not the one that is coming on the 22nd into warzone." Essentially, it's all the smaller maps from Fireteam combined into a single, large-scale, open territory—confirming rumors from YouTube Warzone informant XclusiveAce in early summer 2020.
This leak was then verified by ModernWarzone just three hours later.
Leaked Image Reveals Warzone Ural Mountains Map
The leaked image of the map showcases a Blackout-like user interface, ultimately utilizing the Black Ops gaming engine instead of the one compatible with Modern Warfare. It's possible this map was never meant to make its way into Warzone at all as it would need to be reformatted according to the game's software in order to be implemented.
Some have theorized that this map was originally built for Blackout before the launch and subsequent popularity of Warzone. With the latter receiving copious amounts of players, Blackout was canceled entirely.
This was later corroborated by Andy Robinson, VGC podcast host. In a tweet replying to ModernWarzone, he explained that there was "no guarantee" Cold War would work with Warzone at all.
"There was no guarantee Cold War would support Warzone until after it took off. Blackout 2 was likely a thing for a while and plans changed," he wrote.
Others wondered if mechanics were to blame. Rumors have been circulating that Activision ultimately couldn't get swimming to function properly and thus scrapped the Ural Mountains map. A handful are still holding out hope that perhaps the map has simply been delayed to make way for the 1980s-themed Verdansk "reskin" coming on April 22. However, these are unconfirmed.
Some Warzone players were not thrilled. They compared the map to Warzone's genre competitor, Fortnite, while others called it "awful, cheap and nasty." Despite this, the majority of the replies were positive. Several expressed a deep longing to play on it or have the opportunity to try it out.
Neither Activision nor Treyarch have commented on the leak or the potential future of the Ural Mountains map at the time of writing.