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Pre-Alpha footage reveals new look at fan-favorite Call of Duty maps

Published: 14/Oct/2019 2:08 Updated: 14/Oct/2019 2:22

by Brad Norton


Newly released footage of a Pre-Alpha Call of Duty fans a new look at some of the most popular maps in franchise history.

Released in 2012, Treyarch’s Black Ops 2 remains one of the most cherished years in Call of Duty history. A newly released video gives a fresh look at incredibly early versions of popular maps from the entry.

From Standoff, to Slums and Raid, this unique trip down memory lane exposed some early renditions of popular maps, some of which remained largely intact while others had evidently seen drastic alterations. 

Treyarch - Black Ops 2 / YouTube: Prototype PreservationAn early look at the loading screen for Express

Made public on October 12, the YouTube channel ‘Prototype Preservation’ has showcased a Pre-Alpha version of Black Ops 2, touring 10 of the Treyarch-made multiplayer maps.

Captured “almost a year before release,” the new glimpse highlighted how the Black Ops 2 menu looked long before launch, as well as just how similar some of the most popular maps remained throughout the development period.

While all of the maps were mostly untextured a year out from the release date, the overall structure seemed to be set in stone for the majority of fan-favorite battlegrounds.

Take Hijacked for instance, one of the most popular Black Ops maps to date. Known for its close-quarters engagements, the layout of the map Call of Duty fans came to enjoy, appears to have remained mostly the same throughout development. Even down to the ‘Vahn Boyage’ signage, paying homage to Treyarch Game Design Director David Vonderhaar.

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the video overall is just how different Black Ops 2 was visually at this stage in development. While the title may run smoother at 60FPS with less details to load, there’s no denying the early lighting effects gave off a rather polished look.

As Reddit user ‘COD4IW’ expressed, “Wow the lighting in Hijacked and Raid is beautiful, looks like current gen really. They should have kept the lighting like that.”

It remains unclear just how this YouTube channel managed to acquire such an early look at Black Ops 2, especially considering the seven years that have now passed since its release. 

Perhaps this might open the door for fascinating looks at various other Call of Duty titles though, just to gain a newfound appreciation of the effort that goes into designing some of the most historic maps in the history of the First Person Shooter genre.

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How to watch Totino’s Black Ops Brawl tourney: streams, teams, schedule

Published: 23/Nov/2020 15:00 Updated: 23/Nov/2020 15:45

by Jacob Hale


Totino’s are continuing their esports and gaming work by hosting a massive $20,000 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War tournament featuring pro players and top streamers.

Over the years, we’ve seen the frozen pizza brand host tournaments in multiple games as well as form sponsorships with the likes of 100 Thieves, who recently entered the Call of Duty League with the LA Thieves.

Now, with Black Ops Cold War out and players starting to really get to grips with the game, they’re teaming up with a number of top names in Call of Duty, including the Minnesota RØKKR CDL team, to put on a show for fans. Here’s everything you need to know about the tournament.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl stream & schedule

The Totino’s Black Ops Brawl is a four-hour event that takes place on Tuesday, November 24.

The show is set to kick off at 3pm ET (12pm PT/8pm GMT) live from Totino’s Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded here for you to easily tune in.

It will be hosted by Call of Duty League casters Joe ‘Merk’ Deluca and Clint ‘Maven’ Evans, with $20,000 on the line for competing teams.

Who’s playing?

So far, several big names have been announced as taking part in the Black Ops Brawl, from pro players to content creators, analysts, casters and more. Here are the team captains for the event, as well as their chosen teammates:

  • Symfuhny with Huskerrs, Aydan and ZLaner
  • Swagg
  • Tommey
  • Censor with Shotzzy, iLLey and ACHES
  • Crowder
  • Hitch
  • Nameless
  • TeePee

That’s not an exhaustive list by any means, so expect to see a lot more recognizable names when you tune into the event, as captains announce who will be joining them for the tournament.

Totino's Black Ops Brawl casters Merk and Maven
Merk and Maven will be casting hosting the Black Ops Brawl.

Format and prize pool

At the time of writing, we don’t know the exact format of the Totino’s Black Ops Brawl tournament, though we do know that there will be eight captains selecting three other players to go to battle with.

As for the prize pool, there is $20,000 on the line, with $15,000 going directly to the winning team and the remaining $5,000 going to the team that finishes in second place.

Be sure to tune in on Tuesday, November 24 at 4pm ET to catch all the action and see Black Ops Cold War at its best!