Call of Duty fans may be a little down on Black Ops 4 since the discovery of the game’s season pass price, and understandably so. The pass is just as expensive as ever, which wouldn’t be much of a shock if it wasn’t for the confirmation from earlier this summer that none of the pass’s content will be purchasable individually. Some Call of Duty players prefer to pick and choose which expansions they take part in, and that’s not an option this year. Well, I have no solace to offer for that, but there is information surrounding Black Ops 4’s launch map count that might cheer you up.
Despite what the developer has claimed, Black Ops 4 is apparently launching with more than 11 multiplayer maps. In a recent Game Informer interview, studio design director David Vonderhaar stated that fans already knew of all the maps launching with the game, which, at the time, totaled 11. These included the six new maps—Payload, Contraband, Frequency, Gridlock, Hacienda, and Seaside—that were playbale by the end of the game’s beta test, along with the Arsenal map revealed at Gamescom 2018, and the four maps remade from previous Black Ops games, namely Firing Range, Jungle, Slums, and Summit.
Much of the confusion, including our own here at EGM, was caused by the remade maps. While they were confirmed to be included in the game at launch when they were revealed, no one expected them to be part the game’s base map count, which was what made Vonderhaar’s comment so discouraging.
Fans since resigned themselves to only getting seven new maps at Black Ops 4’s launch, but recent reveals on developer Treyarch’s Twitter account have proven this to not be the case. Three previously unknown maps, Icebreaker, Morocco, and Militia were revealed on Twitter this week, now putting Black Ops 4’s total launch map count up to 14. This includes the four remade maps, but excludes the game’s new iteration of Nuketown, which isn’t expected to drop until sometime in November.
It is important to note that Vonderhaar didn’t specify 11 maps, it was simply the number of maps confirmed at the time he claimed fans knew what was coming. Following a recent retweet by Treyarch, regarding the game launching with 14 maps- plus one when Nuketown launches- we now have a better sense of where Vonderhaar’s misconception came from, and consequently our own. With 10 new maps and four remade maps on disc day one, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4‘s October 12th release is looking to be a much better day for competitive multiplayer fans than previously thought.