Don’t consider this an April’s fool joke and why would not you. A lot of rumors have been going around since last 24 hours. But certainly, does not looks like a joke and if it is, it is not a funny one. Activision would not do this to the audience. So, we’ll go on a limb and say that is not false alarm.


Activation has just announced a new Blackout map for its latest game Call of Duty Black Ops 4 in the Battle Royale mode. The new Blackout map will be called Alcatraz. You’ll be able to select the map before the match starts. As of now there is no option to switch between the maps because there is only one map available in the Battle Royale mode. If you focus on the trailer below, you’ll notice that Alcatraz is not Battle Royale type map and that is why it will be so much fun to play in this map.

“The new Blackout Alcatraz map is set in a fog-filled island boasting a variety of environments that all lead up to the big cellhouse atop the hill. Requiring new strategies and tactics, players will drop in, gear up and fight through both close-quarters combat and long-range exterior firefights as they battle to be the last squad standing.”

The new map will be live today on April 2, first available on PS4 then on other platforms. Enjoy a small sneak peek on the map:

This map a remastered version of a zombie map from Call of Duty Black Ops 2 which was massively famous among fans. May be that is one reason why Activision has decided to bring it back. Alcatraz is supposed to a close quarters combat map in which players will have to be on their toe all the time. The tight situations will make the map ideal for shotguns, SMGs, pistols and of course Battery’s War machine. This map will be a welcomed addition to the previous one. If you don’t know much about the previous one, we will tell you.

Blackout first map is a humongous one. With more than 10 major interest points and many small locations, you can never run out of loot, especially in solo mode. If you’re playing in Quads, the fun gets multiplied. From Asylum to the Light House, Hydro Dam to the Nuke Town and Ghost Town to Firing Range, there is plenty of loot available for everyone. A thing that will be missed dearly in Alcatraz is the supply drop control. Although there will be supply drops in the new maps for sure but it will be extremely difficult for players to get their hand on as you won’t have spare time to even take a look at the sky and guess where the supply will drop eventually.

Luckily, if you do find it before others, you may not get the chance to open it and stray bullet may finish you off. Teamwork will be more important in this new map as compared to the old one. Another interesting thing that many players would have loved to see in this new map will be zombies. And from the looks of trailer they have their wish granted. There are many scenes in the trailer showing off fights against zombies in close quarters. How fun it will be to fight enemies while running from a zombie horde.

We must say that this update will be a huge deal for the game. Call of Duty Black Ops 4 has not been receiving the appreciation it deserves and we think the new map Alcatraz will help a lot in bringing back the fan base from other Battle Royale game. Before this update if we consider the Battle Royale game type, we can find that there are two types of Battle Royale mode. One in which the map changes over time, just like Fortnite is doing. Second one in which multiplayer maps are available to play from, a good example of this is PUBG. Black Ops 4 was following the Fortnite style previously but now it has shifted to more of PUBG domain. Well, we would not call it domain but still PUBG introduced it first so they have every right to be praised.

We are still to announce the best news about this upcoming update. Why do you think Call of Duty black Ops 4 Blackout lagged behind other Battle Royale games? We will tell you why, it is because the game was never free like Fortnite, PUBG and Apex Legends. But now, we have heard some authentic news that the Blackout mode will available to all the players around the globe for free. This luxury will be available from 2-30 April. Now you can enjoy the game with your friends without having to buy it.

Happy Gaming!


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