The famous free to play battle royale from Call of Duty, called the Warzone, has been in existence for almost two years and is already marked as one of the main games today, not only for the gameplay, but also for the history it carries, since the time of Modern Warfare, the game that gave life to Warzone in 2020, and that soon then he passed the baton to Raven Software to handle the game and add Black Ops Cold War content.
Among its history, one of the most curious is about Verdansk, the fictional city that takes place the events of the battle royale. If you've been playing this game for years and still don't know the story, we at Married Games translate the text published by Call of Duty Wiki, telling the whole story and trivia of this place that we love and hate so much. Feel free, fasten your seatbelts and have a great read!
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Verdansk (Cyrillic: Верданск) is an important city in Kastovia, a fictional country featured in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The map serves as the main setting for Modern Warfare's special operations and Land War maps, as well as the battleground for Call of Duty: Warzone. Verdansk is also mentioned several times in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and is featured in the film intro of season three.
After the Destruction of Verdansk, the modern version of the map in Warzone was replaced by a 1980s version called Verdansk '84 with Season Three of Black Ops Cold War.
At some point during the Cold War, Imran Zakhaev was in town and sealed off the premises to prevent Perseus from obtaining weapons or Nova gas and turning the world against the Soviet Union.
In early 1984, CIA agent Russell Adler was captured by Perseus' agent Vikhor “Stitch” Kuzmin. After being tortured in Laos for several months, Adler was sent to Verdansk, where Stitch planned to use the Brainwashing Number Program developed by Nikita Dragovich first on Adler and then on entire nations, in order to achieve Perseus' goal: a creation of Great Russia.
After the Cold War, Russia and Western nations worked together to rebuild Verdansk.
War against Al Qatala
On October 24, 2019, CIA officer “Alex” and several US Marines were deployed near Verdansk to confirm the presence of chlorine gas inside a deposit and prevent Russian General Roman Barkov's forces from sending it to Urzikstan . The gas, however, was stolen during the mission by a group of insurgents led by Hadir Karim.
On March 3, 2020, Al-Qatala-Aljahdid, a terrorist organization under the leadership of Khaled Al-Asad, provided by Victor Zakhaev, a Russian ultranationalist, invaded Kastovia and launched a full-scale attack against Verdansk. Having been supplied with military vehicles, al-Qatala easily subdued the military forces in Verdansk and occupied the city and its surroundings. Those living in the city abandoned their homes and fled or were massacred by al-Qatala. Al-Qatala also began stockpiling chemical weapons, derived from Barkov's chlorine gas. A new military alliance, Armistice, was formed to stop al-Qatala and prevent it from advancing on Urzikstan.
Several operations were mounted to eliminate high-value targets from al-Qatala's network in Verdansk with the aim of disrupting and preventing the organization's access to weapons, funds, intelligence and hardware. These missions were carried out by the Arm-4 team.
Fall of the Armistice
The operations were successful in dismantling the al-Qatala network and influencing Verdansk. To get rid of the Armistice, Zakhaev and Al-Asad launched chemical weapons against the city. Armistice operatives began to turn against each other and began to fight each other to survive. Inside the city, Lieutenant Simon Riley, a member of Task Force 141, initiated an investigation of the situation, requesting that the leader of Task Force 141, Captain John Price, send fighter jets he could trust to help him.
Soon after, Zakhaev allowed al-Asad and al-Qatala to return to Urzikstan while his own men remained in Verdansk. The conflict continued, however, when Price and Kyle Garrick, another member of Task Force 141, joined the fight. Many Allegiance and Coalition operators also arrived in Verdansk.
Victor Zakhaev had long wanted to fulfill his father's dream of bringing back the Soviet Union and freeing himself from Western influence over Russia. As a way to defeat the Armistice, Zakhaev bribed one of his operatives, Arm 3-1, to attack other operatives. As mistrust grew between Loyalty and the Coalition, Zakhaev was able to travel around the city undetected. The 3-1 arm was sent to Zordaya prison by Zakhaev, but managed to escape and, overcome with guilt, sent information relating to Zakhaev with what was left of the armistice.
In the following months, little progress was made to stop Zakhaev, prompting the Allegiance to enlist a private military company called the Shadow Company. In August 2020, a small team of Shadow Company agents led by Marcus Ortega arrived in Verdansk with information from Allegiance about communications traffic coming from the National Arena in Verdansk. The team stormed the stadium, exploding from its roof and landing on its football field ready to eliminate any hostiles and hunt down Zakhaev. This proved fruitless, as Zakhaev was nowhere to be found.
With Riley's help, Price discovered that Zakhaev was avoiding detection by using the underground subway system to travel on foot. He commissioned chimera leader “Nikolai” alongside Farah Karim to enter the tunnels and power the subway to use against Zakhaev. After that, Price contacted Demon Dogs Sergeant Marcus Griggs to await orders. Soon afterward, radiation was detected indicating that Zakhaev was moving radioactive material and dirty bombs through Verdansk.
In December 2020, Price and Task Force 141, Riley and Garrick, finally located Zakhaev, in a bunker located near the coast under a spomenik. Inside the bunker, Zakhaev was setting up an ICBM aimed at Washington, DC The Demon Dogs with the help of “Alex” and Farah cast a diversion while Price infiltrated the bunker.
Price killed Zakhaev by throwing him into the bottom of the missile silo. With Zakhaev dead, Price received the abortion code, 6157, from “Nikolai” and prevented the missile from being launched. The team then regrouped on top of the Verdansk dam. There, Price got a call from Johnny “Soap” MacTavish informing him that things were heating up half a click away from shore. Price replied that they were moving towards him before everyone jumped off the dam.
The destruction of Verdansk
On February 25, 2021, the Vodianoy, a ship that had disappeared for nearly four decades, resurfaced near Verdansk and crashed into the shore. The ship contained chemical compounds as well as a zombie infestation. Originally contained in the wreck, the zombies began to spread to other parts of the city between March 11th and April 15th. Eventually, all of Verdansk was contaminated, and the Armistice Command Center ordered operators to begin evacuating the city. On April 21, the evacuation of Verdansk began, but 45 minutes later, the ACC deemed a lost cause and a nuclear attack was launched, completely destroying Verdansk.
- Verdansk is inspired by the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, which was partially destroyed during the Donbass War. Specifically, the airport is inspired by Donetsk Airport and the modern stadium was inspired by the Donbass Arena . Also, Verdansk is referred to as donetsk, dntsk or don in Modern Warfare game files.
- Verdansk features several easter-eggs and references to the original Modern Warfare trilogy, as well as the Black Ops series with the release of Verdansk '84:
- A slightly modified recreation of the Killhouse layout from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare can be found at Arklov Peak Military Base.
- TV station BCH, later known as BCH4, is a reference to the TV station featured in the Charlie Don't Surf campaign mission and the Broadcast from Call of Duty 4 multiplayer map.
- A slightly modified version of Vacant from Call of Duty 4 can be found in the port of Verdansk.
- The pool located south of Storage Town is inspired by the Pripyat pool featured in the Call of Duty 4 One Shot, One Kill campaign mission. The pool has been redesigned with Verdansk '84 with all damage fixed.
- Several Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Burger Town restaurants can be found in Verdansk.
- The Scrapyard map for Modern Warfare 2 can be found in the Zhokov Boneyard.
- The Zordaya Prison Complex featured in southern Verdansk is based on the Gulag Petropavlovsk featured in the Modern Warfare 2 campaign mission, the Gulag.
- Along with a new version, several Teddy Bears from Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 can be found in Verdansk.
- In today's Verdansk, the plane destroyed outside Verdansk International Airport was a reference to the plane in the Mile High Club campaign mission in Call of Duty 4. The plane was owned by “NVSFT Airlines”, a reference to Neversoft which merged with Infinity Ward in 2014.
- The Control Tower in Summit is a reference to the Soviet base found in the Call of Duty: Black Ops WMD campaign mission, while the interior of the eastern facility is based on the Summit multiplayer map also from Black Ops.
- A modified recreation of the Standoff map from Call of Duty: Black Ops II can be found at Krovnik Farmland.
- A slightly modified re-creation of Shipment can be found on a small football field north of the Tavorsk district. It was added with the action heroes of the 80s.
- In a bathroom in the Downtown Tower, a telephone can be found with its screen displaying the coordinates of the Beenox studio in Québec.
- Portraits of Infinity Ward employees can be found in Verdansk in various buildings such as police stations, the Parliament or the National Bank of the Acropolis.
- The nuclear explosion featured in the third film season of Black Ops Cold War can be seen in the far north of Verdansk '84, between April 22 and May 4, 2021.
- Several posters and boxes of a 120GB Rothwynn console called “ACTIBASE” can be found throughout the Tavorsk district of present-day Verdansk. The posters featured a phrase that translated as “This is just the beginning” with November 25, 2020 as the release date. This was a nod to Activision and the ninth generation of video game consoles with the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X in late 2020.
- There are several small areas outside the playable part of Verdansk that appear pixelated on the Tac Map.
- An “SOS” signal written using sections of plywood can be seen on the roof of one of the Torsk Block buildings in present-day Verdansk
- A map of Verdansk and a miniature model of the modern stadium can be seen at Pawn Takes Pawn.
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