John McClane and Rambo are two of the most iconic movie characters of the ’80s, who are now finding a way to mix it up in a brand new arena of entertainment. Apparently, Rambo got tired of Mortal Kombat’s action and decided to visit the Cold War era, taking John McClane with him into the Call of Duty: Warzone video game.
According to IGN, John McClane and John Rambo are the newest additions to the Call of Duty: Warzone video game, which continues Activision’s celebration of the ’80s, right after the release of the Verdansk ’84 map. Both characters were announced on separate occasions; John Rambo’s introduction came in the form of a mysterious Warzone Report, while McClaine’s came as a duct cleaning commercial. Both announcements allude to their respective franchises and protagonists, discernable only to their die-hard fans. Pun fully intended.
As stated in IGN’s article, a Call of Duty Twitter account shared a Warzone report of a player named SURVIVORJOHN#1009062, with an impressive K/D (kill-death) ratio of 552 kills, 0 deaths, five played/5 won games, and 7 hours of “game time.” Anyone familiar with the Rambo movie series knows that there are five Rambo movies with a combined duration longer than seven hours, in which John Rambo kills 552 people and doesn’t die. That’s an excellent kill/death ratio.
John McClane’s tease was a bit more involving, as it requires more knowledge about the original movie. Younger generations of players might found it strange that the Call of Duty Twitter account advertises Nakatomi Duct Cleaning services. Still, older players and those familiar with the movie franchise immediately recognized McClaine’s introduction to the first-person shooter video game series. For those in need of more context, Nakatomi Plaza is where most of Die Hard’s events happened, and John McClane spent most of the movie crawling to an A/C duct.
Activision even made a fake website that you can visit. It’s only a single-page website that alludes to Nakatomi Plaza and ducts, central to the original Die Hard movie. Additionally, the website states that they’re in business since 1988 when the first movie was released and features a logo that reads “Say Yippee Ki Yay to Dust,” which points to McClaine’s iconic “Yippee-Ki-Yay, motherf*cker” catchphrase. John McClane’s inclusion into the game seems all but confirmed, alongside John Rambo. However, it’s still unclear whether they’ll remain permanently playable inclusions or limited-time purchases within Call of Duty.
Whatever the case may be, we’re glad Activision saw the massive potential of crossovers for Call of Duty, much like Fortnite did when it was released. The inclusion of these two characters from the ’80s plays well with the game’s original battle-royale theme, in which a player battles up to 150 opponents. Sounds about right, given the total body count from both movies. The two action heroes will join the previously added Halloween-theme characters, Jigsaw from the Saw movies and Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
With Activision finally acknowledging the power of crossovers, who can we expect next? Maverick from Top Gun, or Martin Riggs from Lethal Weapon? Or perhaps Dutch from the Predator, or even the Predator himself? We don’t know. But the inclusion of Rambo and John McClane certainly excites the Call of Duty: Warzone fans, which only contributes to the game’s rising popularity.