With a recent boom in activity surrounding Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, one intrepid gamer thinks they have figured out the size of the game's Blackout Battle Royale map.
While developers at Treyarch have controversially done away with Black Ops 4's traditional single-player campaign, they have replaced it with something even more bloodthirsty. So far, fans know that an unknown number of players will be dropped into a bullet-riddled Battle Royale mode called Blackout, but everyone will have to wait until next month's E3 to find out more.
Ahead of the game's big reveals at the gaming expo, YouTube user Drift0r has put in the legwork and some serious brainpower to (potentially) deduce how big Blackout's map will be. Using comments made by Black Ops 4 developer David Vonderhaar, Drift0r thinks they have the formula to see how Blackout stacks up against rivals like Fornite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
With Vonderhaar teasing that Blackout will be around 1,500 times bigger than the iconic Nuketown map, the rest should've been relatively simple but proved to be the exact opposite. Using Black Ops 3's Razorback submachine gun and its range to work out a unit of measurement for Nuketown, Drift0r even printed off a copy of the playing field to check the calculations as they figured out the size of both maps.
Going head-to-head with the other trending Battle Royale games, Blackout should be somewhere between 4.5km2 and 7.4km2 in size. This puts it in the same ballpark as Fortnite's 5.5km2 but a long way off PUBG's whopping Erangel map at 64.0km2. Drift0r actually guesses that the lower-end of the guestimate is probably the most accurate for Blackout, making it exactly 1km smaller than Fortnite.
As everyone knows, it's not the size, it's what you do with it, but many expected supersized map from Black Ops 4 that would eclipse the other Battle Royale games that have come before it. The market for this type of game is particularly saturated at the moment, but this hasn't stopped Treyarch and Activision hyping Blackout as something completely new. In general, Black Ops 4 promises to break the mold when it comes to the long-running franchise and reinvent Call of Duty while including some classic elements.
Alongside the return of specialists, the culling of an automatic recharge, and an even more ambitious Zombies mode, Blackout is undoubtedly one of Black Ops 4's biggest selling points. Elsewhere, EA's upcoming Battlefield V and Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2 are also expected to move with the times and include Battle Royale, meaning there is some stiff competition out there. No matter what, Activision is continuing to hype Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 as one of 2018's biggest titles and only time will tell if Battle Royale can make this game the last one standing in this gaming grudge match.