A recent teaser trailer seems to confirm the speculation that John Rambo will be a playable character in Call of Duty. Since its inception in 2003, the hugely successful first-person shooter series has had new annual launches nearly every year. John Rambo is the protagonist of the legendary Rambo action film franchise, which opened in 1982 with First Blood, starring Sylvester Stallone.
Several tweets from the official Call of Duty Twitter account have sparked speculation that John Rambo will be included in the series’ most recent episodes, Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The first hint showed some statistics for an extremely talented Call of Duty player who allegedly scored 552 kills in just 7 hours of gameplay.
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) May 10, 2021
Fans quickly realized that these figures, as well as the player’s username SURVIVORJOHN#1009062, all refer to Stallone’s legendary character’s on-screen exploits. Later tweets from the Call of Duty Twitter account went even deeper, implying that John McClane from Die Hard and the Terminator may be joining the first-person shooter series.
The Call of Duty Twitter account then shared a brief teaser video on Monday, seemingly confirming that John Rambo will be joining Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War in all his guerrilla glory soon. A hapless soldier is seen desperately running across the jungle as Rambo watches from afar.
The iconic Stallone character then draws his iconic bow, an explosive device in place of the arrowhead, and fires on his victim. The video ends with audiences being told to “become combat,” implying that the fighting will begin on May 20 when Rambo arrives as a skin or full-fledged operator.
Given the events of Call of Duty: Warzone, the arrival of 80s action hero Rambo in Call of Duty is very fitting. The free-to-play battle royale installment of the series just reached its third season, and the game has undergone significant improvements as a result of the seasonal transition.
The playable map of Verdansk in Warzone was devastated by a nuclear blast at the end of Season 2, prompting the replacement of the old map with a version set in 1984. Because of the game’s brand new environment, the developers have obviously decided to include famous characters from the era’s cinema, with John Rambo being the most obvious option.
Many players would be surprised to learn that Rambo is used in Call of Duty: Warzone. The game’s new 1980s world, on the other hand, is a great excuse to throw in some of the era’s most intense action icons, and there is no better example than Rambo. Because of his appearances in other titles, most notably Mortal Kombat 11, Stallone’s appearance in Call of Duty is unexpected but not uncommon.