Warzone - Rebirth Island map access: How to play on Rebirth Island explained

How to access the new Battle Royale map at launch.

Warzone's Rebirth Island is a new map introduced alongside Black Ops: Cold War Season 1.

It's a destination designed for a smaller number of players - up to 40 in total - for a more condensed and faster-paced battle experience.

Despite the new season launching with a Rebirth Island-specific event, it's surprisingly hard to access - with this page explaining how to play Rebirth Island at launch.

If you're looking for more on the new season, we have an overview of Black Ops - Cold War: Warzone Season 1 Battle Pass skins and patch notes.

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How to play on Rebirth Island in Warzone

In Warzone, Verdansk is still the main map which most playlists will take you to - with the new, smaller Rebirth Island accessible in particular playlists.

To play on Rebirth Island in Warzone, you must select the Resurgence Trios playlist. This may change as the season develops, but at launch, it's the only reliable way to access the new map.

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If you're unsure, then know that when you enter a playlist, wait until you have entered a lobby with other players. In this time before the match starts, you can see the map which you'll load into in the lower left corner.

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This gives you a few seconds to back out if you don't want to play on that map, allowing you to choose a different playlist. For us at launch, Resurgence Trios was the only playlist which would offer access to Rebirth Island - and this is a handy way of checking this in the days and weeks to come as playlists will inevitably be shaken up.

Publisher Activision has already confirmed a Quads playlist will have access to the map, so expect that before the season is out.

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Note that Resurgence is a new game mode for Warzone, with the ability for players to respawn every 30 seconds until the final circle. Though Rebirth Island has a Gulag system of its own, for this mode, it will be unavailable.

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Black Ops - Cold War integration is here! Read up on the Warzone Season 1 Battle Pass skins, how to play on Rebirth Island, the best Warzone weapons and explainers on the best AUG loadout, best Krig 6 loadout, best MP5 loadout, best M16 loadout and best XM4 loadout. You can also read up on our Warzone tips and tricks, list of best Warzone guns, and how to get the best Grau loadout, best MP7 loadout, best Kilo loadout, best M4A1 loadout and the best M13 loadout.


Warzone's Rebirth Island map explained

Rebirth Island doesn't replace the existing map of Verdansk, but will sit alongside it in select modes as an alternative option, and will play similar to the Mini BR mode. Here's the essentials you need to know about the new map:

  • A smaller map which supports up to 40 players
  • Areas including Prison Block, Decon Zone, Bioweapons Labs, Chemical Engineering, Factor, Habour and more
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  • A new Gulag in battle royale modes (inaccessible when played as part of the Resurgence game mode)
  • Access to vehicles, including the Attack Helicopter

Remember there is Rebirth Island-specific event taking place until January 4th, 2021, where you can earn unique rewards by completing 16 map-specific missions.

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Enjoy the new season!

If you need a hand with specific Warzone weapons, you can read how to get the best Grau loadout, best MP7 loadout, best Kilo loadout, best M4A1 loadout and the best M13 loadout.

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