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Activision confirms Rambo and Die Hard are coming to Call of Duty: Warzone next week

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After several days of heavy-handed teasers, Activision has finally confirmed that '80s action hero icons and fellow Johns Rambo and McClane will come to Call of Duty: Warzone as premium operator skins on May 20.

The fun began earlier this month, when the Call of Duty account tweeted stats for a player named Survivorjohn#1009062. It was cryptic, but Twitter user Eric Maynard cracked the code: There are five films in the Rambo series, and according to the Rambo Wiki (yes, there is a Rambo Wiki), our intrepid hero kills a total of 552 people across them. Wow!

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A few days later, a more on-the-nose tease appeared, this one in the form of a fake ad for Nakatomi Duct Cleaning, an obvious reference to Nakatomi Plaza, the building at the center of the original Die Hard. After that, the Call of Duty account tweeted stats for Cowboymcclane#0070030. John McClane was referred to as a "cowboy" several times over the course of the film.

Obviously there was something cooking, and now it's finally official: The action begins May 20.

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And what exactly is "the action?" The details haven't been completely filled in yet, but I would expect skins, some voice lines (I might actually pay real money for the opportunity to run around yelling "Schieß dem fenster" at everyone), and possibly some iconic guns, like Hans Gruber's P7M13 or Rambo's M60. Down the road, we might even see more of these characters turn up: Rambo and McClane are a solid start, but is it really a full-on 1980s-themed follow-up to Black Ops: Cold War without Chuck Norris and Dolph Lundgren? I don't think so.

Andy Chalk
Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.