We’ve finally had our first look at some of the Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War maps we’ll get to stomp, slide, and swim around when the game’s multiplayer launches on November 13. The multiplayer reveal showed five multiplayer maps for Black Ops Cold War, with a diverse range of settings featuring desert, ocean, snowy mountain, forest, and urban locations. And best of all, map voting is making a comeback, so no more being lumbered with your least favourite battleground.
While there are some classic Call of Duty three-lane maps, we also got to see some larger maps with vastly different layouts to anything we’ve seen in a Call of Duty game. For example, the Armada map takes place in the North Atlantic, with three large ships making up the battleground and players can either zipline, swim, or boat between the ships to cap objectives.
It does appear that there will not be any maps as large as Modern Warfare’s Ground War maps, with Armada – one of the largest maps – only supporting 12v12 multiplayer matches. As we run up to release we’ve assembled everything we know about the Cold War maps.
All Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War maps so far
Set in the middle of the North Atlantic, the premise of this map is that the two factions are battling for control over a secret weapon. Each team has their own ship that they spawn on with a ‘home’ flag in Domination. In the middle of the two ships is a much larger ship that contains multiple capture points. You can traverse between the ships by swimming, using boats, or ziplining.
The historic, gorgeous neon-drenched South Beach is the backdrop for this urban battleground. Miami is set at night time so it’s a little easier to stealth your way around. This is an asymmetric three-lane map, with the beach and ocean taking up one lane (yes you can swim around for a super flank), Ocean Drive making up the middle lane, and pieces of hotels making up the third lane.
Set in the desert of Angola, Satellite is about a battle to secure the crash site for a downed US satellite. This is an open map with lots of natural cover and a clear high ground in the centre which will be the most hotly contested area.
Set practically right in the middle of Moscow this map features a lot of the city’s famously opulent metro stations. There is a mix of CQB and long-distance fighting with the open city streets serving snipers well, while the metro station is perfectly suited for SMGs. This is a three-lane map with a twist being that all lanes converge in the metro tunnels at the heart of Moscow.
This map has tanks and is generally a dream for snipers. Set in Uzbekistan, the premise for Crossroads is that you’re being sent in to ambush a Soviet missile convoy. This is a very open map with a large ice field making up most of the terrain with a couple of concrete bunkers dotted around. Holding these outposts grants access to tanks, so that’s the key to winning Crossroads.
That’s all we have for now. A sixth map was teased, but there was no official name for it so we’re not including it just yet. Set in the Ural Mountains, this looked like a heavily wooded map. We’ll update this list as soon as we learn more.
The Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War release date is set for November 13. For now, you can dig into more details on Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War guns to get an early idea of the armaments available in the upcoming game. Plus, you can get an idea of how the Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War class system will work ahead of the game’s arrival.