Activision and Infinity Ward’s game, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” has been putting out teasers in their free to play battle royale, “Call of Duty: Warzone,” about a new installment in their franchise. After the success of “Modern Warfare” and “Warzone,” clocking over 30 million players in under two weeks, people have been excited to get any information on the 2020 installment of the first-person shooter franchise. 

     Lately, while playing “Call of Duty: Warzone,” players have been getting an unusual glitch of their screen flashing an old TV static with words “Know Your History” in English and “Doomed to Repeat it” in Russian. This has been leading players to speculate that the new game having something to do with the Cold War and the 1950s. These glitches have not been the only things that have been getting fans excited for the new game. Packages were sent to prominent streamers or reporters of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare like Twitch streamer “Noahj456” and Call of Duty reporter “CharlieIntel” holding 1950’s era projectors and 10 slides. The slides held teasers for the 2020 installment, parts of maps new and old, letters, and other images that needed to be decoded. After streamer “Noahj456” decoded and noticed one of the maps was very similar to the map “summit” from the original “Call of Duty Black Ops,” Activision sent him congratulations and a link to the site “Pawn Takes Pawn.”

     Once loaded into this site a 1950s style TV and VCR appears onscreen. Along with the VCR were six tapes, all but one locked when the site originally was discovered. These tapes showed mixes of clips and audio from 1961 to 1981 which gave hints and clues to players in Warzone in different locations or how to unlock hidden rooms and bunkers strawn throughout the map. After decoding and getting into these rooms, the next tape was unlocked the following day. After six days of tapes and locations found on the map, the multiple hints and clues given from Activision and Infinity Ward; fans and players alike were given a reveal trailer of Treyarch and Raven Software’s “Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War.”

     This led to an in-game event in “Call of Duty: Warzone” called “Know Your History.” This event has players land in the map and find five map codes. After which you will be given the location of a key, after finding and obtaining it, you need to crack a code, or in game run around a marked area of interest on your map. Once you find a specific box you can open with the code, you can travel to the coordinates placed on your screen, find the non playable character named Frank Woods and take the weapon he is holding. Doing this not only gives you the weapon but also allows you to start the final part of this event. You and your squad will be spawned inside of a place in the map called stadium with nothing and you have to run across the field to a helicopter, doing so plays the first trailer of “Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War,” and its release date, Nov. 13, 2020. 

     Highly speculated from the beginning of Warzone’s first hints of a new game, fans rejoiced as the “Call of Duty Black Ops” series, thought to be dead after being stated so by Call of Duty, was back in full swing. Still, players are cautious to get too excited, considering the series’ last couple of entries before Call of Duty: Modern Warfare have been considered bad or poorly made. With poorly thought out stories, lackluster gameplay, game breaking bugs and glitches, fans are more than happy to hopefully go back to the series’ roots with it’s new installment. Players are ready to get back into the action and see what the original creators of the highly praised “Call of Duty Black Ops” franchise has in store for players in the Cold War.