The Blackout map for the upcoming battle royale mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be made up of past Black Ops multiplayer and Zombies maps, plus new locations. One is Rivertown, and we have our first look at it thanks to a new teaser.
Rivertown is one of a few named locations that are completely new, and not based on past maps from MP or Zombies.
Some of the other new locations include ‘Factory’ and ‘Construction Site’, but Rivertown is actually the most central location on the map, adjacent to Firing Range, and so it could be a very popular drop point.
From the map overview, all we knew about Rivertown was that it featured a busy collection of buildings, perhaps the most structure dense location on the map.
But as far as the size and height of the buildings, we had no clue, until now.
The new teaser, posted to Call of Duty’s official Twitter page, shows a gas station, some residential properties, a Pizzeria and more. Generally, it looks just like a small town, as the name would suggest.
One of the buildings also looks remarkably similar to the old house from Black Ops III multiplayer map, Fringe.
Fans on PS4 will not have to wait long to finally get a look at Rivertown and the rest of the Blackout map, as the beta will go live on September 10.
The OpTic Gaming Los Angeles franchise will end after just one season of competing in the CDL.
At this time, it’s not yet clear whether the league will allow H3CZ to rebrand his Chicago Huntsmen franchise to OpTic. Since he’s already the CEO of Huntsmen, his reacquisition of the OpTic brand meant that control of one of the two teams would eventually have to change hands once again.
According to recent reports from Esports Talk, the CDL was taking the stance that franchises should remain tied to the cities they were initially founded in. Thus, if H3CZ and NRG wanted their team to take on the OpTic Gaming insignia, they would have to sell the Huntsmen spot and move their Call of Duty operations to Los Angeles.
However, in those same reports, it was indicated that despite their initial unwillingness to enter the CDL, 100 Thieves and CEO Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag acquiring a spot was not totally out of the question, and now it’s come to fruition.
While brief, 100 Thieves’ first stint in competitive Call of Duty was a highly successful one.
While brief, 100 Thieves’ first stint in Call of Duty esports was a very successful one; the team captured two major trophies in the then-called CoD World League and finished second in the CWL World Championship.
100T’s team became a fan-favorite, and when Nadeshot announced that they’d be leaving the esport due to the transition to franchising, many were left disappointed, especially considering Haag’s extensive CoD background.
The only question that remains now is concerning their roster – whether or not Nadeshot or his org will want to make any personnel changes remains to be seen, but if not, many will still expect the team to be a contender, considering that three of the four players are top-tier with championship experience.
LA THIEVES’ EXPECTED 2021 CDL ROSTER:
Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat
Kenny ‘Kuavo’ Williams
Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly
Zack ‘Drazah’ Jordan
CoD stars SlasheR and Kenny are returning to 100 Thieves as members of LA Thieves.
For SlasheR and Kenny, this will be their second stint with 100T after previously featuring for the org in its lone season of competition. Similarly, General Manager Eric ‘Muddawg’ Sanders is also returning to the red and black after leaving them for OpTic when the org parted ways from CoD esports.
As always, we will continue to update this story and bring you the latest as more information becomes available.