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New Call of Duty Blackout map Alcatraz – number of players, respawns and other details revealed

Published: 2/Apr/2019 12:22 Updated: 2/Apr/2019 17:00

by Paul Cot


Treyarch made a shock April Fools’ announcement last night with the news of a new Call of Duty Blackout map. The previously teased Alcatraz prison will provide an entirely new setting to play Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode.

Update: Alcatraz details revealed

The new Alcatraz Blackout map is live! No update is required to play Alcatraz Portal – Quads.

Ahead of the huge Alcatraz Blackout update, Call of Duty have revealed more details about the prison map.

The main details are as follows:

  • 40 players of 10 teams start the game
  • Can respawn every 30 seconds up to 5 times
  • No helicopter, spawn in random portals across the map
  • New feature: weapon wall buys where you are guaranteed to find a weapon every 30 seconds
  • Zombies not confirmed but are likely to be there

Hot Pursuit has been removed from the Blackout playlists.

Alcatraz map

Since Call of Duty Black Ops 4: Blackout released in October 2018, there’s been one map to play on. Treyarch have done a stellar job of keeping the map fresh with season changes, new locations and the addition of new modes. Even so, the new map will add more hype to the already popular game.

Alcatraz itself takes place on a small island with what is being dubbed as “close quarters battle royale”. Given this, and from how it appears in the trailer, Alcatraz will be significantly smaller than the normal Blackout map. How much smaller it will be, though, is currently unknown.

Alcatraz will be exclusive to PlayStation 4 for one week before it becomes available on Xbox One and PC.

What to expect

The game itself isn’t changing, so you can expect all the signature Black Ops 4 gun mechanics and movement. However, the new map will almost certainly provide a different style of battle royale.

The classic map predominantly hosts medium to long-range gun fights and it is certainly possible to keep it at that range, for the most part, if you prefer that style. Conversely, Alcatraz will force close quarters combat.

In addition to this, the trailer suggested there will be respawns, similar to that of Hot Pursuit. It also appears that Alcatraz will provide some unique features. What these features will be is yet to be announced.

Lead Video Game Designer for Treyarch, David Vonderhaar confirmed this on Twitter.

Alcatraz update time

The specific release time for the much anticipated Alcatraz map is unknown. However, previous updates have been available at around 10am PDT (1pm EDT and 5pm BST).

Update download sizes range from 11gb to 17gb. Given the inclusion of the new Blackout map, this update will probably lean to the bigger side.

Call of DutyFree access to Blackout for the duration of April for players on all platforms…

Blackout free access

It seems Call of Duty want as many players as possible to try the new map Alcatraz. Blackout will be free across all platforms (PS4, Xbox One and PC) from April 2 to April 30.

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Iconic Call of Duty Raid map spotted in Black Ops Cold War files

Published: 2/Dec/2020 2:24

by Brad Norton


Eight years after its introduction in the Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops 2’s Raid could finally be returning in a mainline entry as files for the iconic map have been uncovered in Black Ops Cold War.

Treyarch’s fan-favorite Black Ops 2 released in 2012. Since then, we’ve seen eight new titles come and go. In that gap, Raid has only made one other appearance in a global title, that title being Call of Duty Mobile.

While other maps have been rereleased countless times, including seven remakes of Nuketown alone, Raid has been left in the past. However, that’s about to change according to the latest leaks.

After an extended period in the shadows, Raid could finally be thrown back into the spotlight soon. Dataminers have uncovered a line of code relating to the map in Black Ops Cold War, suggesting that we’ll see it return in Season 1.

As a huge influx of Season 1 content slipped through the cracks on December 1, one key line stood out from the pack. ‘S1_map_raid_tu_cairo’ was plucked directly from the latest version of Black Ops Cold War.

Obviously, this doesn’t outright confirm Raid is a guarantee for the next Season. This is the first official reference to the map in quite some time, though, so it’s safe to assume Treyarch has been working to bring it back to life.

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
Raid might finally be back in a mainline CoD title for the first time since 2012.

The original map quickly became a favorite for its unique design. There were distinct sections that paved the way for vast combat opportunities. Both close-range and long-range loadouts could feel right at home on Raid. On one side you had a wide-open area with a high ground advantage for one team next to a  

On the other, you had a circular area perfect for flanking opportunities. Meanwhile, in the middle lane, you’d often catch snipers peeking across from either side in a near-symmetrical layout.

One of the more interesting tidbits from this datamine is the final word. Cairo is the capital of Egypt. The original version of Raid was set in Los Angeles. So when we see this new version, it could have a fresh coat of paint to fit the locale. 

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
Expect to see snipers hanging out across the basketball courts if Raid drops with Season One in Cold War.

It was an extremely popular competitive map throughout the year of its initial release. Given it worked quite well with essentially all objective-based game modes. From Hardpoint to Search and Destroy, Raid was often a favored pick.

Season One of Black Ops Cold War kicks off on December 10. There’s no confirmation we’ll see Raid in-game from this point on, so do take this leak with a grain of salt until then.