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Check out Warzone's next map in the Call of Duty: Cold War Season 1 gameplay trailer

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Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War Season 1, kicking off December 16, is gearing up to be one of the biggest days for all things CoD in a long time. In addition to new Cold War maps and modes, Warzone is also getting its first new map since launching in March: Rebirth Island. Check out the map in the Season 1 gameplay trailer above that premiered at The Game Awards 2020.

By the looks of it, Rebirth Island could be significantly smaller than the sprawling 150-player Verdansk map that players have become accustomed to. If the name sounds familiar, that's because it's a callback to the original Black Ops campaign. Rebirth Island is the secert Soviet base where the deadly Nova 6 bioweapon was developed and the locale of a later campaign mission.

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Also coming to Warzone is a new mode called Resurgence. We don't know the details of the mode yet, but it's probably safe to say it'll take place on Rebirth Island. Earlier today, Infinity Ward also showed off how Warzone's arsenal is expanding to match Cold War in Season 1.

On the Cold War side of things, Treyarch is nearly doubling its pools of maps in Season 1 with three new 6v6 maps, four 2v2 maps for the return of Gunfight,  and a big new Fireteam map.

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Zombies mode is also getting some love. There's no new map, to some fans' disappointment, but there will be a holiday-themed mode, new challenges, access to battle pass weapons, 2-player splitscreen, and more maps for the PlayStation-exclusive Onslaught mode.

This is all under the banner of a new unified Warzone/Cold War initiative that maintains the same ranks, loadouts, battle pass progress, and cosmetics across both games. It's a lot to take in. We'll be covering this throughout the week, so don't worry if you haven't quite wrapped your head around how this whole Call of Duty implosion will play out.

Morgan Park

Morgan has been writing for PC Gamer since 2018, first as a freelancer and currently as a staff writer. He has also appeared on Polygon, Kotaku, Fanbyte, and PCGamesN. Before freelancing, he spent most of high school and all of college writing at small gaming sites that didn't pay him. He's very happy to have a real job now. Morgan is a beat writer following the latest and greatest shooters and the communities that play them. He also writes general news, reviews, features, the occasional guide, and bad jokes in Slack. Twist his arm, and he'll even write about a boring strategy game. Please don't, though.