With the recent new trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 1, we got a good look at a few details in the upcoming content. One of those details was Call of Duty Rebirth Island. This is a map that veterans of the series will know well, and with good reason. (pamblancopainting.com) It’s easily one of the best maps in the game. Here, I’m going to cover everything there is to know about the map, and hopefully give you an insight into how it will play moving forward.

Call of Duty Rebirth Island

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Rebirth Island is the better-known name for Vozrozhdeniya. It’s an island that is featured all the way back in Call of Duty: Black Ops, which is the location of the mission called ‘Rebirth.’

According to the mission’s cutscene, this is the location of a Soviet base that was established in 1948. It served as a secret Soviet bioweapons facility, where a number of biological agents were tested. Among those tested were Anthrax, Brucellosis, Plague, and Tularemia.

During the Cold War, the base was used by the Soviets to develop the German bioweapon Nova 6 even further. Nova 6 was tested on primates, pigs, livestock, and eventually humans as well.

When Nova 6 was ready, the Russians began to ship it out to major cities and locations around the globe. The Soviets then evacuated the island when they’d nearly completed their work shipping it all out. They killed all non-essential personnel.

The site was then stormed by a CIA group led by Jason Hudson and Grigori Weaver. This was an attempt to extract the Soviet allied Fridrich Steiner, formerly a Nazi scientist, from the facility. It was believed that he held information about the numbers station, and was, therefore, crucial. The Soviets began using Nova 6 against the invading forces, which caused casualties on both sides.

In a brainwashed state, Mason was able to get ahead of the CIA troops. He executed Steiner before their eyes, though none of them realised why until much later on.

It’s All Real

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Okay, not everything in Call of Duty is real, but Rebirth island is a very real location. At least it is by it’s given name of Vozrozhdeniya. It was even the site of a Soviet bioweapons facility during the Cold War. It remained a major research and development facility for the USSR’s Microbiological Warfare Group until the dissolution of the USSR.

The island was abandoned in 1992. This is partly due to leaks that were found in the canisters containing Bubonic Plague, Anthrax, and Chlorine Gas. These canisters don’t last forever, and they could well have completely leaked by today. This would mean that the island is incredibly dangerous to anyone who steps a foot on its shores.

What About Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War?


From the looks of things, Season 1 of Call of duty: Black Ops Cold War will see players return to Rebirth island. This will probably be part of the game’s Zombies and multiplayer modes. Though how they link is not known at the time of writing.

Armed with this knowledge, I hope that you can go into the next iteration of Rebirth Island informed. Even if you didn’t play the original Black Ops, you’ve learned everything you need to know here.

Let us know what you think of this location in the comments.