During the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 multiplayer stream earlier this week, developer Treyarch confirmed that five maps from previous Black Ops games would be returning with a fresh coat of paint. But alongside Firing Range, Nuketown, and all the other fan favorites, Black Ops 4 will feature plenty of all-new multiplayer maps too and one of these, called Frequency, was shown off during the stream.
Treyarch describes Frequency as a "very small" map that the team also referred to as "frenetic" during the course of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's development because it offers a lot of "fast-paced action" and has a "really great flow to it." Set on a listening station in Hunan province, a mountainous province in Southern China, this particular multiplayer map is constantly moving players around, says Treyarch.
The developer adds that Frequency guides players into "great, intense head-on battles" and they will have to be careful as the outer layers of the map are treacherous and their characters can fall off of the edge. Treyarch also calls Frequency a "chaotic" map and although the stream doesn't include gameplay of the map, fans can get a look at the map starting at 26:04 in the video below.
Another tidbit revealed during the stream is that Frequency will play host to the Control game mode, which is another new game mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, alongside the Blackout battle royale mode. Control aims to bring out the best of the tactical gameplay and enhancing the roles of Specialists and has been described as a combination of Hardpoint and Search and Destroy by fans who have seen the game in action.
Control will also have a huge focus on teamwork, say the devs, explaining that teams may find themselves working together even if they hadn't planned it. Given that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 multiplayer already puts limits on Specialists, players will want to think not just about their own skills but about how they will work alongside their teammates' chosen Specialists too.
Multiplayer has always been one of the biggest draws to the series, something reflected by Treyarch's decision to ditch single-player in Black Ops 4. But this year's changes seem to appeal to fans who are eager for new content as well as those who love existing content and still want to hold on to that too.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is set to release on October 12, 2018, for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.