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 (opens in new tab) cracked the code: There are five films in the Rambo series, and according to the Rambo Wiki (yes, there is a Rambo Wiki (opens in new tab)), our intrepid hero kills a total of 552 people across them. Wow!
Does anyone know SURVIVORJOHN#1009062? Their #WarzoneReport is a sight to be seen. pic.twitter.com/EUFPmexQnFMay 5, 2021
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 (opens in new tab). 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.
Some heroes Die Hard. Others draw First Blood.The action begins May 20th. pic.twitter.com/8Rr3c7g26uMay 13, 2021
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.