Popular Call of Duty YouTuber Brad 'Drift0r' Overbey has given his take on the upcoming Modern Warfare title not having a mini-map, saying that it's not as bad as people may perceive.
Whether or not Modern Warfare will feature a mini-map has been a major topic of debate ever since leaks and rampant speculation broke out several weeks ago that there would not be one in the upcoming title.
On July 30, in a discussion video about MW, Drift0r and his fellow YouTubers Trevor 'TmarTn' and Jimmy 'Chaos' (formerly known as Chaosxsilencer) essentially confirmed that to be the case.
"I haven't played it, so I can't say if it's a bad thing," TmarTn said. "I know they're going for the more realist aspect, which that does make sense."
"I feel like it's going to slow the game down and make it a lot more 'campy,'" he went on. "Again, I haven't played it so I have no experience but I think that's what would happen if you took mini-maps away from any other CoD games."
Drift0r, however, saw the prospect of there being no mini-map from a different perspective, arguing that it may actually help improve the gameplay experience.
"In CoD you're always starting at the mini-map, looking for the little dots to pop up," he explained. "And if you think about your player behavior, and you're just kind of meandering, and shooting at what pops up, and if you see a dot you change your behavior."
"When you take away the mini-map, you actually have to use your ears and think a little bit. And it also helps you focus on the actual and not just starting at the upper left-hand corner just waiting for somebody to reveal themselves."
You can listen to their entire discussion about Modern Warfare below, with the topic of there being no mini-map starting at the 13:30 mark.
Until the game is released and players have gotten a chance to try it out, there's no way to definitely know whether there being no mini-map will be a positive or negative change.
One thing is for certain, the transition in gameplay and play-styles will be a massive one, since the mini-maps has been a fundamental fixture of the multiplayer in virtually every CoD game that's ever been released.
Of course, Infinity Ward have already showed what the game looks like with no mini-map, during the reveal event for the brand new 2v2 Gunfight mode several weeks ago.
Players can expect the topic to be a major point of emphasis during the multiplayer reveal on August 1, during which everyone will get a much fuller glimpse of the game with no mini-map, especially the other modes within multiplayer.
Modern Warfare Multiplayer reveal - what we know
The global reveal event for multiplayer will be taking place on August 1, 2019 live from Los Angeles, CA. The presentation is scheduled to kick off at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST.
Activision have already announced that the event will showcase the debut of the MP trailer, live gameplay featuring Operators, Loadouts, Killstreaks, and Field Upgrades, brand new maps and their day/night variants, and much more.