Warzone Season 3 Nuke Event Marred by Game Crashes, But Nuclear Missile Destroys Verdansk All the Same

The new Warzone map has finally arrived.
The new Warzone map has finally arrived. / Photo by Activision/Treyarch

The Warzone Season 3 Nuke Event has finally arrived and a new map has taken over the Call of Duty battle royale.

Fans first got rumblings of a potential game-changing in-game even months ago. There was previously an in-game event last year to celebrate the announcement of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. It was the first time Activision incorporated a major in-game event in the battle royale title since its March 2020 release. After over a year of being live, fans were growing tired of Verdansk. They wanted something fresh to spice up the title since map updates

It took until Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 3, but it's finally here.

Warzone Season 3 Nuke Event Marred by Game Crashes, But Nuclear Missile Destroys Verdansk All the Same

The Warzone Containment Protocol was the start of the tease. What would come? Would it be a major zombie invasion? Or would it be this rumored nuke event?

The event kicked off at 3 p.m. ET on April 21, a day ahead of Season 3 going live. A playlist update went live including a new playlist called The Destruction of Verdansk Part 1. The playlist starts just like a normal game with a drop, similar to the Cold War event. The loading screen and points of interest on the map all have claw marks on them signifying the end.

A giant bar appears that says "SURVIVE" as creepy music plays over the map. A warning message plays over the screen saying that the Containment Protocol Level 1 has been activated and to seek shelter. An immersive event to say the least.

The protocol slowly creeps up as it nears 100 percent. If you die, you spawn in as a zombie. Quickly setting in the belief that everyone is going to turn into a zombie and the only answer is a nuke.

And... then there was a massive server crash. It seems to be happening around the seven minute mark.

Eventually, the containment protocol was fulfilled and a cutscene occurs. A character says Verdansk has fallen as a nuclear missile lands and detonates just outside of the Stadium. A giant explosion appears and the playlist ends.

Fans will have to wait for more information on what's to come next, but the map has been officially nuked.