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Modern Warfare map potentially reveals first look at battle royale

by Connor Bennett

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A new Spec Ops map for Call of Duty Modern Warfare may well have given fans another hint at a possible battle royale mode for the new release. 

After months of anticipation, Call of Duty fans finally got their hands on Modern Warfare on October 25, diving into the first installment of the popular CoD sub-series for nearly a decade. 

Despite a brief hiccup with the servers upon the launch time in the United States, it appears to have been an initial success for Infinity Ward. However, it’s only a matter of time before players begin clamoring for new content in the form of maps, game modes, and even an extension of the title itself in Spec Ops and a possible battle royale.

Infinity Ward
Infinity Ward
Modern Warfare has already, clearly, got some pieces in place for a BR mode.

Yet, it appears that there may already be a hint for the battle royale side of things thanks to a Spec Ops map. Reddit user Ghosthand373 posted a screenshot of the new ‘Open World Sandbox’ to the ModernWarfare subreddit, theorizing that it could be an initial hint of a BR map. 

In the image, remnants of classic Modern Warfare maps can be seen – including the jets of Scrapyard from Modern Warfare 2 – as well as plenty of buildings that could easily hold that all-important loot for a new mode. 

The spec ops "open world sandbox" is probably a sneak peak at the battle royale mode map. from r/modernwarfare

While, of course, this map is very well set for Modern Warfare’s Spec Ops mode, the use of classic backdrops does line up with some early ‘leaks’ about an absolutely huge battle royale mode.

Now, that’s not to say that the mode is confirmed for the new release as Infinity Ward themselves haven’t confirmed or denied if they’ll be adding it in the future. 

Prior to the game’s release on October 25, Infinity Ward’s MP Design Director Joe Cecot claimed that the developer’s focus was solely on Multiplayer despite the fact that they are “big fans” of battle royales. 

It remains to be seen as to if they’ll get around to adding a battle royale mode, but with this huge map and the ability to have incredible player counts in Ground War, all the ingredients look to be in place.