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Ranking all of Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer maps

Published: 19/Dec/2020 16:41 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 5:51

by Joe Craven

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Maps in Call of Duty are as important as ever – a sure fire way to ensure the game’s multiplayer remains fresh and enjoyable. Much has been said about the Black Ops Cold War maps since launch so we’re ranking them all based on flow, design, and replay-ability. 

Looking back at the best Call of Duty titles – Modern Warfare (2007), Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops II – the common thread amongst all of them is some stellar multiplayer maps. From Shipment to Highrise to Raid, the best Call of Duty games feature some truly memorable maps.

General opinion suggests BOCW’s maps are solid if unspectacular; an improvement on last year’s Modern Warfare but not necessarily matching the high standards we know Treyarch can reach. Maps like Fringe, Standoff and Firing Range are the pinnacle of CoD maps, and we can hope to see some of them later in the year.

We’ve not stuck the large-team maps in our list, focusing instead on the eleven in standard 6v6 multiplayer. That means all eight base maps, plus Nuketown, Raid and The Pines. The maps will be ranked down from eleven to one and we’ll update this list in the future as more maps are added.

Finally, this list is of course subjective. Different players will enjoy different maps, but we’ve tried to gauge opinion and collaborated our views to produce this overall list.

11. Miami

Miami from CoD: Black Ops Cold War
Treyarch
Miami is bottom of the pack for Black Ops Cold War maps.

Bottom of the list is Miami. This overly-large, overly-dark map is incredibly frustrating to play whenever it comes up in the rotation. It’s a struggle to pick enemies out in the murky environment, and there’s also huge variety in different areas of the map.

Go through one of the buildings and you’ll probably be gunned by a camping shotgunner, go through the beach or mid-map and you’ll probably be gunned by an unseen opponent in the darkness. This is the exception to the comment that Black Ops Cold War’s maps are solid, and should be taken to the map abattoir as new ones are added.

10. Armada

Armada Control Room in Black Ops Cold War
Treyarch
Armada is set on a boat in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Just one spot above Miami is Armada, a boat map that features a bizarre hole in the middle. It’s bizarre and, to be frank, we’re not quite sure why it’s there.

Sure, rappelling around the map is fun enough, but the ridiculous number of levels and angles lends itself to seriously uneven gameplay. The only reason it’s above Miami is because it’s bright enough to actually see your enemies.

9. Satellite

satellite map in cod black ops cold war
Treyarch
Satellite featured in the game’s beta, and received mixed responses.

Next up on our list is Satellite. The best part about this map is its generally fast pace. It’s not the biggest map, so you shouldn’t have any issues finding enemies to shoot at (or to shoot at you).

With that being said, one half of this map is sand dunes, and it’s a nightmare. The dunes don’t provide nearly enough cover to make many parts of the map feel safe, so expect to be eliminated by a distant head-glitching sniper at least a few times per game.

8. Cartel

Cartel map from Black Ops Cold War
Treyarch
Cartel is set in Nicaragua on a drug plantation.

There’s a sizeable leap in class from Satellite to Cartel. For the most part, this map flows really nicely and has a variety of sight-lines and lanes that lend themselves to different play-styles in a way that feels balanced.

The issues with this map almost all revolve around its center. The elevated hut gives campers way too much protection, and the array of bushes do nothing but allow players to vanish in and out of the shrubbery. Trying to capture Flag B is a stressful chore, and CoD should never feel like that.

7. Garrison

Garrison from Black Ops Cold War
Treyarch
Garrison comes in the middle of our list.

Set in Hannover, Germany, Garrison is about as middle of the road as CoD maps can get. It’s fine, and there are no real issues with it. It’s not a stellar map, but it also doesn’t have any major weaknesses. There’s probably a right angle too many, but it has a nice flow and is small enough to stay fast-paced. In a word, solid.

6. Checkmate

Checkmate from BOCW
Treyarch
Checkmate is set in Berlin, Germany.

In terms of aesthetics, BOCW’s Checkmate is deeply reminiscent of the original Modern Warfare’s Killhouse. It’s set in a large warehouse and caters to a nice variety of gameplay.

The plane lends itself to some close-quarters action, while the longer lines of sight down the left mean snipers can prosper too. While this kind of thing was an issue on Satellite, it works nicely on Checkmate and feels consistently fun, regardless of your weapon of choice.

5. Moscow

Moscow from BOCW
Treyarch
Moscow is, unsurprisingly, set in Moscow, Russia.

Taking the fifth spot in our rankings is Moscow, another BOCW map that featured in the game’s beta. This is the epitome of a vibrant, three lane map, the likes of which have cemented Treyarch as the best CoD map designers.

It flows very nicely but always remains consistent, meaning good players prosper and campers are punished. Mobility too, is key on Moscow, with plenty of walls and windows to mantle to ensure you dip in and out of the action as you want. It’s very good, but lacks the organized chaos of our top two maps.

4. The Pines

The Pines from BOCW
Treyarch
The Pines was added with Season 1, on December 16.

The Mall at the Pines is the setting for The Pines map, added on December 16 alongside Season One of Black Ops Cold War’s content. There are shades of Black Ops II’s Plaza in this map, utilizing dark blues and snowy outdoors for this New Jersey shopping centre.

It’s a three lane map that’s creatively designed, with a nice mix of open areas and smaller, closed one. The fountain at mid-map is a large cavernous opening, while supply closets and escalators add a tighter, vertical dynamic. It’s very well designed and jumps straight to fourth on our ranking of Black Ops Cold War’s maps.

3. Nuketown ’84

Nuketown '84 from BOCW's multiplayer
Treyarch
Nuketown ’84 is the fifth reincarnation of the famous Black Ops map.

As you’d expect, we’re big fans of the fifth iteration of Nuketown. It’s a colorful, vibrant take on an absolute CoD classic. Barring some issues with ‘out of the map’ glitches, it’s as solid, fast-paced, and downright enjoyable as its always been. Organized chaos has long been a fan favorite, and that’s exactly what Nuketown ’84 has brought to Treyarch’s 2020 title.

2. Crossroads

Crossroads from Black Ops Cold War
Treyarch
Crossroads is set in the snowy Soviet Union.

Crossroads originally sat at the top of our original list, but it’s since been dethroned. Regardless, this map is small and really fast-paced, but well-designed enough to ensure it never dissolves into the kind of anarchy that frustrates players. The three lanes have the perfect amount of crossover, encouraging creative movement, and rewarding smart play-styles.

It’s also a great map to look at, with the snowy scenery making the perfect backdrop for some Cold War skirmishing. We’d put it on a par with Nuketown but, given the fact that Nuketown is a re-skin of an old favorite, we’re giving this one the edge for now.

1. Raid

Raid in Black ops Cold War
Treyarch
Raid featured in Black Ops 4’s Blackout BR as a POI, and it’s now back in Black Ops Cold War.

Long time readers of our Call of Duty content will know that, back in October 2019, we ranked Raid as our best CoD map of all time. It’s no surprise then that, as an identical remake, it eclipses any new map we’ve seen in Black Ops Cold War.

The three lanes are as fresh as ever, and gameplay feels incredibly fast-paced but always consistent. Any play-style can be rewarded on Raid, provided you do it well. It will take something truly remarkable to knock this off our top spot as this list is updated.


That rounds off our ranking of BOCW’s multiplayer maps! Be sure to check back to this page as more maps are added and be sure to tweets us @DexertoIntel to let us know your thoughts. 

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CoD 2021 leaks: Release date, next Call of Duty developer, rumors

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:11

by James Busby

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From credible rumors to speculated release dates, find out everything you need to know about Call of Duty 2021. 

The ever-popular Call of Duty series has remained a staple pick for those looking to show off their quick reflexes and eagle-eyed aim. Whether you enjoy futuristic firefights or prefer the boots on the ground approach, Call of Duty has delivered numerous experiences over the years.

From the brutal battlefields of WWII to present-day conflicts, the series has continually visited and revisited numerous theatres of war with each new entry. 

With the next title on the horizon, let’s run through everything we know about CoD 2021. 

CoD 2021 release date

Black Ops Cold War screenshot
Activision / Treyarch
Black Ops Cold War is the latest title to be released.

As of writing, we don’t have an official release date set for Call of Duty 2021. However, that hasn’t stopped us from making an educated guess. By following similar CoD release title trends, it’s fair to speculate that the game will release in early to mid-November. 

After all, the previous Call of Duty games all had November releases. Here’s a brief timeline of previous CoD release dates: 

  • Call of Duty 3: November 7, 2006
  • Modern Warfare: November 7, 2007
  • World at War: November 11, 2008
  • Modern Warfare 2: November 10, 2009
  • Black Ops: November 9, 2010
  • Modern Warfare 3: November 8, 2011
  • Black Ops II: November 13, 2012
  • Ghosts: November 5, 2013
  • Advanced Warfare: November 4, 2014
  • Black Ops III: November 6, 2015
  • Infinite Warfare: November 4, 2016
  • WWII: November 3, 2017
  • Black Ops 4: October 12, 2018
  • Black Ops Cold War: November 13, 2020

While Infinity Ward changed things up with the release of Modern Warfare on October 25, 2019, it is more than likely that CoD 2021 will keep to the usual November schedule. 

Call of Duty 2021 developer

Call of Duty WWII screenshot
Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Sledgehammer’s last release was Call of Duty WWII.

So, now that we have an idea of when Call of Duty 2021 could release, who exactly is in charge of developing it? Well, if we take a look at the development cycle of the franchise, we might just get a few clues. 

Firstly, the three main studios developing the core Call of Duty games are Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games. Raven Software could be given the reigns, but this is unlikely, especially given they mainly focus on assisting each studio. 

The last four CoD games were developed by the following studios: 

  • Black Ops 4: Treyarch (2018)
  • Modern Warfare: Infinity Ward (2019)
  • Warzone: Infinity Ward / Raven Software (2020)
  • Black Ops Cold War: Treyarch / Raven Software (2020)

Judging from the timeline above, the most obvious candidate for Call of Duty 2021 is Sledgehammer Games. The developers behind CoD WWII have been missing from action since 2017, which would indicate that they have been busy working on the next big release. 

Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software were tasked with releasing the next CoD game in 2020, but disagreements between the two arose, leading Treyarch to take the lead role. Sledgehammer’s title was then developed into Black Ops Cold War.

Quite how much of the project was reworked into Cold War remains to be seen, but it does seem likely that Sledgehammer Games would use this time to begin working on another title. If this wasn’t evident enough, last year, Sledgehammer reportedly hired 150 new staff and stated that they were actively working on multiple projects

Combine this with the fact that Infinity Ward has only just wrapped up development on Modern Warfare and Treyarch is still busy working on content for Black Ops Cold War – and you have a pretty strong case. 

Call of Duty 2021 rumors

Advanced Warfare screenshot
Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Could a prequel to Advanced Warfare be in the works?

There have been a lot of rumors surrounding Call of Duty 2021, with many fans speculating that the Sledgehammer could be making another entry in the Advanced Warfare series. However, renowned Call of Duty leaker, Tom Henderson believes that if that is the case, the game will be a prequel. 

“Warzone is going to have a Sledgehammer Games integration,” says Henderson. The whole purpose of Warzone is to convert free-to-play players into paid players by purchasing whichever title is integrated at the time. I just can’t see an EM1 laser rifle being in Warzone, it just doesn’t make sense to me.”

This would be a jarring experience, particularly given Warzone’s arsenal currently utilizes real-world weaponry. Having highly futuristic guns could also upset the current balance of the game as well, an area Activision is constantly aiming to control. 

“Maybe we could see a Call of Duty WWII title, possibly like WWII but maybe a prequel or sequel. It would make a lot more sense for the weapons to be integrated into Warzone. It could be a modern or even a future title, but not set too far into the future where it wouldn’t make sense for the Warzone integration.”

While Henderson’s leaks have been correct in the past, these are just rumors and should be treated lightly. 

Call of Duty 2021 leaks

As for Call of Duty 2021 leaks, there has been no footage, screenshots, or box art showcasing the new title. Of course, you can expect to see the usual photoshopped images, blurry box art, fake emails, and rickrolls that come with every new Call of Duty release. 

Once we have any credible information, we’ll update this section further. 

Make sure you bookmark this feature and check out our Call of Duty hub for all the latest CoD 2021 news.