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New close quarters Blackout map ‘Alcatraz’ announced for Black Ops 4

Published: 1/Apr/2019 17:33 Updated: 1/Apr/2019 17:47

by Paul Cot


A new map has been confirmed for Call of Duty: Blackout. As previously teased, albeit very subtly, Alcatraz is coming on April 2.

New map, NOT location

Many Call of Duty fans were expecting a new location added to the existing Blackout map. Treyarch have surprised all, and gone one further, by adding an entirely new Blackout map.

The new map will be available on PS4 first, as per the exclusivity deal, and will be available on Xbox One and PC after.

Other location, or points of interest, have included Hijacked and more recently Ghost Town. Both of these were added to the original map, therefore Alcatraz is the first Blackout will be played outside of the first map.

Depending on the size of Alcatraz, it is possible that the famous prison will still be added to the default Blackout map in the future.

How many players will spawn in Alcatraz?

The new mode is titled “close quarters combat battle royale” which indicates the map will be a fraction of the size. Whether the game will start with anywhere near the 100 player count is currently unknown.

On the Alcatraz introduction trailer, the announcer says “squads redeploying” which suggests the mode could work similarly to the popular Hot Pursuit mode. If this is the case we’d be looking at an upwards limit of 80 players.

Blackout free to play

In addition to the news of the new Blackout map, it was also announced that Blackout will be free to play from April 2 to April 30. This is for all platforms: PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Blackout is free to play from April 2 to April 30…

Alcatraz trailer tease

The initial Black Ops 4 Operation Grand Heist trailer teased an array of new features in multiplayer and Blackout.

These included new characters, weapons and multiplayer maps. Perhaps most notable was the introduction of Hot Pursuit which brought with it various police and getaway vehicles.

After highlighting all these features the trailer concluded a quick flash of what else is coming. When freeze framed the trailer shows people gliding in the dark, parachutes over an Alcatraz like structure and finally some sort of zombie within a prison.

Frames from the end of the Operation Grand Heist trailer teasing Alcatraz…

Call of Duty Instagram

Call of Duty fans could have been forgiven for overlooking these subtle hints. However, since then, Call of Duty added a rather less subtle tease on their Instagram. Treyarch also followed suit on their Instagram.

Within the story section is an image of Alcatraz and a countdown clock which finished at 1pm PDT, 6pm BST. The co-ordinates of 37.8720N and 122.4230W confirmed the location of Alcatraz.

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“Broken” reticles you should avoid using in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 5/Dec/2020 17:50

by Julian Young


Since the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, players have been grinding to unlock their favorite weapons, skins, and customization options. Unlocking the best reticles for each gun is important, and a video by YouTuber ‘JGOD’ has exposed some huge issues with the game’s current reticle choices.

Since the game’s release on November 13, Black Ops Cold War players have been furiously grinding to unlock additional weapons and customization options in both Multiplayer and Zombies.

Some of the most important items for players to unlock are the various gun reticles across the two main game modes. Players want to make sure they are using the best reticle to help them stay on-target during the action.

In a video posted to his YouTube channel, content creator ‘JGOD’ has criticized the current offering of reticles in Cold War, along with confirming which are the best options with what’s available.

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Loadout Screen
Activision / Treyarch
Reticles are just one of the many customization options available to players in Cold War.

Broken reticles in Cold War

In the video, JGOD takes a deep dive into the issues with the reticles available in Multiplayer and Zombies. He breaks down exactly what is wrong with each of the reticles for the 1.25x and 1.37x scopes, which are some of the most popular options in Cold War.

JGOD starts off on Cartel with some basic red dot/triangle options for each scope, showing how they can be seen easily when looking at textures like walls. However, as soon as he moves his reticle up into the air, the red crosshairs completely disappear.

“Where did that red reticle go?” he asks while looking around. The YouTuber continues by showing how some reticles – even yellow and green options – are invisible when looking at other textures around the map. He seems shocked, saying: “I’ve never, ever, ever, ever had this issue in any other Call of Duty.”

The video continues with a breakdown of each reticle’s in-game appearance compared to their image in Cold War’s loadout menu. JGOD shows that almost every red, yellow, or green reticle is affected by different visual issues, and players should avoid those options until the problems are addressed.

Best reticle options for Black Ops Cold War

With all the issues JGOD pointed out in his video, players might be wondering what reticles are still worth using. Luckily, there are still a few good options available.

Similar to Modern Warfare, the blue reticle options appear to be the best choice for Cold War players at the moment. JGOD confirms that, saying: “When it comes to the reticles . . . you wanna pretty much go with the blue ones.” He winds down his video by saying he is “just bringing awareness to this type of issue, so that if the devs were unaware of how broken this is, they can get on it.”

While Treyarch has confirmed they are working on other reticles issues – like certain reticles appearing upside down – they have not addressed the concerns surrounding reticle visibility at the time of writing.