Details for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s new battle royale mode, Blackout, continue to trickle in. Developer Treyarch revealed the mode’s map in a tweet on Wednesday. The post was made as a teaser for the mode’s upcoming beta, which begins on Sept. 10 for PlayStation 4 players.
While a map doesn’t exactly give us much to go on, we can at least get an idea of what the mode’s terrain might look like. Based on that map, there are quite a few familiar-looking areas for players that have enjoyed other battle royale games in the past, or more specifically, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, with its two large landmasses divided by a river players will surely have to cross frequently.
Blackout’s map appears to mostly feature the dense coastal forests that battle royale has become known. But that’s not the only type of terrain on the map; it also seems to have a desert environment. One thing that seems to be lacking, based on this one image at least, is mountains which seems to only be featured in one or two places across the map.
As for the locations on the map, it looks like Treyarch is taking a more varied approach to Blackout’s locales than most battle royale games by only including a few residential style areas in favor of things like “Turbines,” “Fracking Tower” and “Asylum.”
While these kinds of locations may be fairly unfamiliar for battle royale games, they will be extremely familiar for Call of Duty players. Many of them are likely to feature elements or actual sections of maps that Treyarch has made for the series. This is made even more likely by the fact that some of these areas, like “Array” and “Estate,” even share names with those previous Call of Duty maps.
For now, all of this is just speculation based on the map, but we’ll know exactly what Blackout mode and its map looks like when the beta drops later this month.