Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII has revealed the map for its hotly anticipated Battle Royale game mode.
The map is called Blackout, which is appropriate since the game mode is also called Blackout. What this means when Call of Duty eventually comes out with new maps is anybody’s guess. Maybe the name of its Battle Royale mode will rotate depending on the latest map that’s been released.
Posted to Call of Duty’s Twitter page is the map in question, which on first glance looks like a combination of Erangel and Miramar from PUBG. There’s a definitely military industrial complex feel from Erangel, but also a coastal desert-ish feel from Miramar. Again, this feels appropriate for a game mode that very clearly rips off PUBG.
Although this is a satellite image, there’s a certain resemblance to Southern California if you compare Blackout with Google Maps. Bits of shrubbery and vegetation interspersed with sandy, rocky areas.
In the north, there’s an area labeled “Estates” that will likely turn out to be a bunch of rich housing developments. A construction area is in the northeast that will probably be more suburban development.
The eastern portion of the map is dominated by the river and a hydro dam. There’s a built-up area called “Rivertown” which is likely to be the closest this map gets to a true urban environment.
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Blackout’s southern portion is all industrial: there’s the Fracking Tower, Factory, Turbine, and Cargo Docks. The Turbine is almost certain to be a power plant, while the Factory is likely to be an industrial manufacturing plant. There’s likely to be some similarity between the Los Angeles docks and the Cargo Docks, while the Fracking Tower is probably exactly as advertised.
In the west, we have Nuketown Island, which will probably resemble an old Air Force military base with ICBM silos. Whether they’re still full of deadly nukes or not will be a big surprise for people who get in on the early beta access.
Speaking of beta access, those who pre-ordered the game on PlayStation 4 should have gotten their beta codes already, while pre-orders on Xbox One and PC won’t be able to get in on the beta until September 14th.
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII launches on all platforms October 12th.