When Activision and Treyarch announced Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, the companies revealed that the game would not have a traditional single-player campaign and would instead focus entirely on multiplayer. While the decision to ditch single-player was controversial to some, it appears to have given Treyarch an added incentive to make the game's multiplayer as good as it can be. And part of that plan includes bringing back fan-favorite multiplayer maps.
During today's livestream about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 multiplayer, Treyarch confirmed that it will be bringing back several maps from the wider Black Ops series. There's Jungle (a Black Ops map that's set in the dense Vietnam jungle and supports all sorts of gameplay styles), Slums (a Black Ops 2 map set in 1980s Panama with a main street and marketplace), Summit (a Black Ops map set in Ural Mountains which is narrow and has buildings and platforms), and Firing Range (a Black Ops map set at a military training facility in Cuba). All four of these maps will be available for free at launch on October 12.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will even bring back Nuketown, the hugely popular map that is a 1950s residential area used for nuclear tests. In its press release, Activision confirmed that Nuketown will be available to all Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 players for free in November. Some will be disappointed that Nuketown won't be available at launch, but hopefully, the other returning maps will keep fans entertained until then.
Treyarch has also confirmed that these maps will be re-designed from the ground up and will be updated to offer improved visuals and more. The nature of these re-designs is not yet clear, but fans will have their fingers crossed that the developer doesn't change the essence of the maps too much.
What's also unclear is whether any of these maps will work with the Blackout battle royale game mode that is making its debut with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Fans have wondered whether Blackout will only feature one single map, specially made for the game mode or whether it will feature expanded versions of the existing crop of Black Ops maps. Making those maps work for Blackout could potentially require more work than just creating a fresh map from the ground up, so it will be interesting to see what Treyarch decides to do with the game mode.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is set to release on October 12, 2018, for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.