Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 has a lot of fans setting high expectations coming into the game's open beta tomorrow. The latest in a long line of FPS juggernauts from Activision and Treyarch Studios has already switched things up by partnering with Sony on a DLC Exclusivity deal, and all eSports action in Black Ops 3 will be done on PS4 consoles only. The biggest changes, however, will inevitably come in how the new map pool alters the way gamers play the Call of Duty franchise.
Black Ops 3 has already been testing the return of Uplink game modes and maps to support that style of gameplay in the beta. Now, a recent PSN slip up has revealed that popular game modes might not be the only fan-favorites making a return in November.
An updated Playstation Network page for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 suggests that a successor to Black Ops's Nuketown and Black Ops 2's Nuketown 2025 multiplayer maps will be present at the game's release. Treyarch's latest installment of carefully refined FPS action had made premature updates to its PSN Brazil page, and some particularly quick to act gamers snagged a screenshot of the text before Treyarch took it down. The page says, after translation, that buyers will receive the "bonus NUK3TOWN map", which has been "completely redesigned to highlight the new chained motion system based on momentum of Treyarch, providing battles full of adrenaline".
Although the page has been taken down and this information is simply a rumor, it is a believable one. Fans of the Call of Duty series have suspected a revamped model of Nuketown in Black Ops 3 for a while now, largely based on the popularity and success of the first two versions of the map. Nuketown is one of the smallest multiplayer maps in the history of Call of Duty, alongside other popular choices like Shipment, Dome, Rust, and Hijacked. Small maps are well-liked by players who favor frantic, fast-paced gameplay where spawn locations are close and players can expect to run into the opposing side at nearly every turn.
These maps are especially suited for LAN parties or large groups of friends looking to play a high volume of games in one night, as the quick turnaround after being killed means players don't have to spend a lot of time navigating their way back to the action. Gamers who play the bulk of their games online will appreciate the refreshing change of pace that small maps like Nuketown bring to the Call of Duty series as well. After all, with so many major alterations in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, it will be nice to see Treyarch adopt a "something old is new again" approach to some lovable qualities of the first two Black Ops games.
That is, of course, assuming that NUK3TOWN is available for everyone. Since PS4 gamers had a full week of beta testing before Xbox One and PC players had their chance, it's clear that Activision isn't afraid to show Sony a bit of love. Some fans have even criticized the problems with Xbox One beta codes as stemming from Sony and Activision's priority on working well together. While that likely isn't true, it is a fact that a map as influential as Black Ops 3's version of Nuketown will be in high demand, and it seems unwise to limit it to the PS4 only.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 releases for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC on November 6, 2015.