One of the defining factors of a battle royale game is the map. Many recent battle royale games, such as Fortnite or Blackout, have only one playable map with a set number of locations. Why is it that with such a limited play area, millions of players can play these games every day without getting bored?
For maps to be enjoyable, it has to be a perfect size and all points of interest should be as unique as possible. Although Call of Duty’s Blackout is still in the beta stage, the map featured in the game is of adequate size, balanced, and fun to play. The map in Black Ops 4’s battle royale contains a total of 13 named locations, many of which have been seen in previous Call of Duty games, such as Nuketown.
When it comes to size, it is very difficult to give an exact number due of many reasons. With no official statement on the map size from the developers, players were forced to calculate estimates using rudimentary methods. Youtuber Inkslasher had a go at comparing the map sizes of Blackout and Fortnite maps. Despite employing various testing methods, the result was still unclear. Inconsistencies in various factors, such as varying movement speeds, terrain and obstacles, made testing extremely challenging. Either way, the map seen in Blackout is huge and works well with the dynamic battle royale gameplay.
The map itself consists of two large bodies of land, with two smaller islands connected with bridges. The two islands are located in the far west and in the middle of the map, with both containing one named location each. Up north, the Estates feature lush residential buildings, very similar to Black Ops 2’s Raid map. The Construction Site, located in the north-western corner, is home to a very tall skyscraper, allowing for intense vertical gunfights. Over on the north-east, the Hydro Dam consists of large buildings and resembles Black Ops 2’s Hydro map. Moving south, the mainland features four closely-packed locations. Firing Range, Rivertown and Train Station are all very close together and usually attract a lot of players. Cargo Docks, an area filled with both open spaces and tight corners, is based on Cargo from the second Black Ops game.
The second large part of the map is home to Turbine, Factory, and the zombie-infested Asylum. With more industrial themed buildings located in Turbine and Factory, the Asylum is a run-down hospital building based on the zombies map of the same name. The fan favorite Nuketown map comes to Blackout as a small part of the destroyed Nuketown Island.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launches on October 12th on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.