Looks like some changes are on the hori­zon for Call of Duty: War­zone. Activi­sion has released a cryp­tic trans­mis­sion alert­ing play­ers to a “con­tain­ment pro­to­col alert” for the Ver­dan­sk. There is also a short video indi­cat­ing the prison will be over­run with zombies.

The state­ment heeds play­ers to be on high alert for a “con­ta­gion warn­ing” for the south­east­ern part of the Ver­dan­sk. To be more spe­cif­ic, the mes­sage points towards a break­out of some sort at the Vodi­anoy ship, along­side loca­tions east of it, includ­ing Zor­doya Prison Com­plex and the sur­round­ing areas. Addi­tion­al­ly, there is a cheeky lit­tle video on the game’s Twit­ter account, which you can view below.

Activi­sion said play­ers head should be a swiv­el for ene­mies who are described as “with­ered, exhibit­ing a cadav­er­ous appear­ance, and lack­ing in con­trastive cog­nizant func­tion.” Yeah, a zom­bie. “Should you encounter these anom­alous hos­tiles, no quar­ter should be giv­en. Sub­se­quent­ly, a fight­ing with­draw­al, imme­di­ate exfil and sub­se­quent fumi­ga­tion is recommended.” 

There is grow­ing sus­pi­sion that zom­bies will com­plete­ly over­run the entire­ty of Ver­dan­sk, caus­ing the det­o­na­tion of a nuclear war­head to stop them. Spec­u­la­tion is that when the map returns, it will be Black Ops themed.

You can read the full state­ment below:

For Imme­di­ate Release: Con­ta­gion Warn­ing Issued for South­east­ern Verdansk

by Armistice Cen­tral Com­mand on March 11, 2021

Atten­tion all Ver­dan­sk Operatives.

The Emer­gency Broad­cast Sys­tem has issued a minor con­ta­gion warn­ing for the south­east­ern zone of Ver­dan­sk encom­pass­ing the mias­ma epi­cen­ter (“ghost ship” Vodi­anoy) as well as ter­ri­to­ries imme­di­ate­ly east, includ­ing the Zor­daya Prison Com­plex and sur­round­ing areas. In addi­tion, ter­rain recon­nais­sance scouts in con­junc­tion with a mul­ti-lat­er­al Armistice air sup­port squadron, have deter­mined the exis­tence of anom­alies with­in this region of Kas­tovia. The fol­low­ing guid­ance has been approved for all mil­i­tary Oper­a­tors work­ing with­in the greater Tavorsk area:

You are rec­om­mend­ed to exer­cise extreme cau­tion: Recon­noi­ter­ing with­in these new­ly con­firmed anom­alous zones may result in addi­tion­al con­flict, as spec­u­la­tive reports indi­cate sec­ondary forces of unknown ori­gin now resid­ing both with­in the Prison Com­plex as well as the ful­ly com­pro­mised Ship­wreck points of interest.

Hos­tile forces are described as with­ered, exhibit­ing a cadav­er­ous appear­ance, and lack­ing in con­trastive cog­nizant func­tion. Should you encounter these anom­alous hos­tiles, no quar­ter should be giv­en. Sub­se­quent­ly, a fight­ing with­draw­al, imme­di­ate exfil and sub­se­quent fumi­ga­tion is recommended.

Alert: Con­tain­ment Pro­to­col Lev­el has not been raised, as these threats appear to be main­ly con­tained to the south­ern zone of Sec­tor 5, and Oper­a­tors in sur­round­ing regions should pro­ceed as nor­mal. Com­put­er mod­els expect the anom­alous activ­i­ties to cease short­ly, and a con­fla­gra­tion is not expected.

Stay frosty and exe­cute the mission.