Treyarch didn’t get into many specifics when revealing Call of Duty: Black Ops 4‘s Blackout battle royale, but using a vague hint and a bit of math, one YouTuber was able to estimate the mode’s map size.
During the reveal of Black Ops 4‘s Blackout mode, Treyarch teased that its battle royale map would be 1,500 times larger than the series’ popular NukeTown map. The developer didn’t elaborate beyond that, but this was enough for YouTuber Drift0r.
Using Black Ops III‘s version of NukeTown, Drift0r cleverly devised a way to determine NukeTown’s size using weapon damage ranges. Once he used this process to determine its various dimensions, Drift0r printed out an overhead view of the map and used the dimensions to calculate both the map’s total area and playspace area. This allowed him to determine a minimum and maximum possible size of Blackout’s map by multiplying both by 1,500, resulting in a minimum size of 4.5km^2 and a maximum size of 7.4km^2.
Drift0r expects the minimum size to be the most likely for Blackout, given technical limitations and other factors. The map sizes for the most popular battle royale games out there, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite Battle Royale, are 64km^2 and 5.5km^2 respectively (using PUBG’s launch map). If Drift0r’s calculations and expectations prove accurate, this would make Black Ops 4‘s Blackout map slightly smaller than Fortnite‘s, and immensely smaller than PUBG‘s, but still larger than most other calculated sizes currently swirling around the community.
The full video of Drift0r’s process can be found below.
It is important to acknowledge that, while both Battlegrounds and Fortnite boast 100-player matches, Treyarch has yet to determine how many players Blackout will support. This implies the developer is balancing the player count around the map size, rather than altering the map size to match a particular player count. Consequently, it may not be that helpful to use this map size to imagine the pace of the experience when thinking about Blackout in relation to the other 100-player battle royale modes. Depending on the amount of players Treyarch decides upon, its smaller map could feel much more crowded — or much emptier — once we see it in action.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is slated to launch October 12th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In other Black Ops 4 news, recent reports allege that the shooter series will take a different direction with DLC this year, releasing multiplayer maps for free and only charging for Zombies survival maps.