Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is currently in its last phase of beta testing, and it's going out with a bang. Players who pre-ordered on PS4 now have exclusive access to the Blackout mode beta, the series' take on battle royale complete with vehicles, collectible drops, and a shrinking safe zone that'll force climactic fights. The Blackout wave of the Black Ops 4 beta is in full swing on PS4, while Xbox One and PC players can join the fray starting September 14. To get the hype train started, Activision recently dropped the first real Blackout gameplay trailer - and with it, a picture of the complete map, which is the single largest multiplayer map in Call of Duty history. Check it out (though it's somewhat out of date, as it doesn't include the Lighthouse location that's been added just south of the Cargo Dock):
Like Fortnite, Blackout mode's map is split up into distinct zones, each with their own name to make communication between teammates easier (though the names are a lot less fun than Fortnite's copious alliterations). And if you haven't already heard, these areas are all inspired by multiplayer maps from previous Call of Duty games developed by Treyarch. There's a ton of ground to cover on Blackout's colossal map, and you're unlikely to chart out every last nook and cranny even over the course of hundreds of games. But being prepared is always half the battle - so here's a breakdown of the 14 unique Blackout map locations, so you can plan accordingly as you dive down to Earth in your spiffy wingsuit.
Call of Duty Blackout map - Construction Site
Let's start things off with the gameplay trailer's grand finale - Construction Site, which has a huge emphasis on verticality as you ascend the half-built Hotel Milovan. As illustrated by all the squads setting up in the building, you'll be able to battle on multiple floors as you make your way up to the rooftop, which will evidently be doable in an ATV if the trailer is to be believed.
Call of Duty Blackout map - Estates
We get to see a sweet sniper shot lined up with the target running around Estates, a lavish mansion with some recognizable landmarks. The fancy driveway and its iconic red spire are straight out of Black Ops 2's Raid map, and the house from Black Ops 3's Stronghold map is nearby. As the northernmost point on the Blackout map, Estates could be the perfect place to drop in and bide your time before heading inland towards the new safe zone.
Call of Duty Blackout map - Hydro Dam
The Hydro map from Black Ops 2 has been expanded into a gigantic landmark, and the high elevation makes it look like a sniper's paradise. Then again, you might be so distracted by targets below that you don't realize someone's sneaking up to gun you down atop the massive dam. And you better hit your shots accurately, because your prey can easily take cover by jumping into the water and swimming to safety.
Call of Duty Blackout map - Train Station
We only get the briefest glimpse of Train Station in the gameplay trailer, but it looks like it'll lend itself to tense cat-and-mouse standoffs, as players dart between the rows of trains hoping to score a kill on someone peeking.
Call of Duty Blackout map - Asylum
Call of Duty: World at War gets a shoutout with the Asylum zone, inspired by the map of the same name. The graveyard near this decrepit building looks like it'll lend itself to surprise zombie attacks, as you sic the undead on unsuspecting players using the iconic Monkey Bomb. Also, make sure you don't get lost (and murdered) in the hedge maze just outside the asylum.
Call of Duty Blackout map - Firing Range
The classic Firing Range map from the original Black Ops is undoubtedly the inspiration for this zone, which is smack-dab in the middle of the Blackout map. You'll likely need to have amazing awareness if you drop into this area, as threats could be coming at you from any direction. Hopefully Firing Range will feature some foxholes to take cover in (and maybe some cardboard targets to shoot at while you wait for enemies to show up).
Call of Duty Blackout map - Array
Another centralized drop zone that's sure to be a popular (i.e. life-threatening) spot, Array overlooks Nuketown Island and is most notable for its gigantic satellite dishes. Surely it'll include some reference to the Array map from Black Ops, but with a lot less snow on the ground.
Call of Duty Blackout map - Rivertown
This little island of a town is perfect for a joyride in your military boat, letting you blast slowpokes on the shore as you speed by on the water. Like Hydro Dam, you need to be on the lookout for players hiding in the water, ready to fill you with lead if you so much as dip your toe in.
Call of Duty Blackout map - Nuketown Island
Perpetual series favorite Nuketown would obviously be coming back for Black Ops 4, and now it's got its very own island for close-quarters combat. Its buildings are looking worse off than ever, completely bombed out and barely held together - but you'll surely find people dropping here first just for the thrill of scoring First Blood due to how compact this zone is.
Call of Duty Blackout map - Cargo Docks
Like Train Station (but on multiple floors), Cargo Docks should create plenty of opportunity for murderous hide-and-seek as you sneak around the myriad shipping containers. The gameplay trailer also shows off quite the ingenious trap, as a pair of ATV riders meet a fiery end when they zoom through a Mesh Mine hastily lined up between two crates.
Call of Duty Blackout map - Lighthouse
Located just across the water south of the Cargo Docks, the Lighthouse was a previously unnamed area that Treyarch deemed worthy of its very own map callout. Another ideal sniping perch at the outskirts of the map, the Lighthouse makes for some deadly close-quarters shootouts if multiple groups happen to be hiding out inside.
Call of Duty Blackout map - Fracking Tower
This sounds like a quote from Battlestar Galactica, but the Fracking Tower seems like it'll create another sniper's roost that'll give a major height advantage for scoring sweet long-distance headshots. Like Cargo Docks, this is another area with tons of sightlines for kill shots at ground level, as you thread the needle between a bundle of pipes or zip behind a huge oil tank when you're under fire.
Call of Duty Blackout map - Turbine
Named for the giant wind turbines that dot its landscape, Turbine is quite the treacherous dropzone, with its vast expanse that only thin structures and chunky rocks to take cover behind. It includes bits and pieces of the Turbine multiplayer map from Black Ops 2, and even has the same downed airplane thrown in for good measure.
Call of Duty Blackout map - Factory
Like Turbine, Factory isn't typically the kind of zone you'll want to camp out at - it's more like a pitstop as you head for safer territory. As the southernmost spot on the map, it's unlikely to stay protected from the storm for long, and making the inevitable run to another area leaves you exposed to fire from all directions as you sprint for dear life across the barren desert or wade through the water towards Fracking Tower. Only drop at Factory if you're ready for a challenge (or just really like huge smokestacks).
For more impressions from the beta, read our piece on how healing is intentional and dangerous in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.