Modern Warfare multiplayer does have a mini-map – but there’s a catch

Calum Patterson

The full multiplayer reveal for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has given fans their first look at gameplay in the upcoming game – and there may be cause for relief after a mini-map was confirmed, but perhaps not as expected.

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Previous leaks and comments from YouTubers who had played the game early suggested that the mini-map had been scrapped entirely for Modern Warfare.

The very thought of such a drastic change to the core multiplayer experience concerned fans greatly, especially for the competitive side of Call of Duty, which relies heavily on teammate locations for predicting spawns and more.

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How to get a mini-map in Modern Warfare?

It turns out the leaks were not totally wrong, but not totally accurate either, as there is in fact a mini-map in Modern Warfare multiplayer, but only when a player acquires a ‘Personal Radar’ or UAV killstreak.

The Personal Radar streak is acquired after earning two kills without dying, and appears to last around 40 seconds, but does not have a sweeping functionality to highlight enemy player locations, and appears to only give the player who earned it a mini-map.

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However, the UAV operates just like past titles, with a sweep across the map, and gives a mini-map to all players on the team, and appears to require three kills without dying.

Players who call in a UAV will also get 10 points for an assist, but it can be prevented by the enemy team with a counter UAV.

Without a Personal Radar or UAV, you can still see a map by pressing the pause menu, which gives a full overview.

There’s a mini-map in Modern Warfare, but it will require some effort to obtain.
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With a circular shape, the mini-map rotates with the players direction, similar to past iterations, and of course shows the locations of teammates nearby.

For esports, there is still a question over how exactly the mini-map will be implemented, as UAV’s have always been banned in competitive play, for obvious reasons.

Perhaps the mini-map will be enabled at all times regardless in competitive as rumors suggest, which would certainly be the option most professional players will be hoping for.