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👀 Fan-favourite Call of Duty map Rust is making a return
😮 Players have spotted the crumbling structure in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
📅 It looks like Warzone 2.0 will also feature the map when it releases next month
🤺 Expect to be challenged to a lot more no-scope duels in the coming weeks
Beloved Call of Duty multiplayer map Rust is making a return, as the corroded arena has been spotted in a part of Warzone 2.0’s new Al Mazrah map.
With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 out in the wild, players have been discovering all manner of easter eggs in the game, and one oxidized monolith has grabbed their attention in particular. As streamer ModernWarzone shared on Twitter, a portion of the map Taraq looks very familiar.
If you load up the map in the 18-player Ground War game mode and head to Flag B, you’ll find what looks like a mock-up of Rust. Its central metal tower is there, complete with various chutes and platforms. Although the size of the structure is slightly different, the overall model is nearly identical.
Taraq is one of Modern Warfare 2’s new multiplayer maps set in Al Mazrah – the fictional region that will serve as the setting for Warzone 2.0 at launch. Each map set in Al Mazrah will feature as a point of interest in the battle royale, meaning we’ll be able to find Rust in Warzone 2.0 when it releases on November 16.
Rust has taken on something of a cult status in the Call of Duty community. A small map that was featured in the original 2009 Modern Warfare 2, it was beloved for its compact size that made it the perfect backdrop to 1v1 matches (quick scoping not mandatory). Now, it’s more commonly thrown about as a meme when angry people on the internet challenge each other to duels after feeling besmirched.
It looks like other multiplayer maps from the original Modern Warfare 2 will also get cameo appearances in Warzone 2.0. Plenty of the battle royale’s points of interest make reference to beloved maps from the original series – Airport looks like a riff on Terminal, Quarry looks a bit like the map of the same name, and Ahkdar Village seems to be based on Showdown from the first Modern Warfare.
That should give series fans something to look forward to. Xbox players will certainly need it, after finding out they can’t disable crossplay and discovering tons of post-launch content is exclusive to PlayStation users.
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