Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 developer Treyarch held a live stream today, discussing more about the upcoming first-person shooter's multiplayer. The big news to come out was regarding multiplayer maps, as the company announced that four maps from Black Ops would be making a comeback in the new installment. They also announced that Nuketown will return in a new form post-launch... and for free.
Nuketown, which debuted as a map in the original Call of Duty: Black Ops game, quickly became a fan-favorite thanks to its small size and constant close-quarters combat. It's been a staple of the Black Ops series ever since, as it's been remade with a new look for each subsequent sequel. The fourth game will continue to do just that, but fans will have to wait and see what the new aesthetic will be this time around.
Treyarch announced on Twitch that will be returning from past games for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 are Jungle, Slums, Summit, and Firing Range. These maps will come with the standard Black Ops 4 edition when it launches on October 12, and they will be "rebuilt from the base level" for the new shooter. Nuketown, however, won't release at launch, as it will arrive as free DLC in November. Treyarch also teased that the map will return with a new twist, although they didn't specify what they meant by that. While these retro maps won't be playable, fans will first be able to go hands-on with Black Ops 4 multiplayer at E3 2018 and the Anaheim Call of Duty World League event that takes place over the weekend.
Seeing how Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is focused on multiplayer, it makes all the sense in the world to bring back some maps from the series' past. Not only are they already proven to be enjoyed by fans, but they also should take less development time than an all-new design. Plus, Treyarch is making sure to update each map, so it won't be a complete nostalgia play from the company.
It's also nice to see the tradition of Nuketown appearing in Black Ops games continuing. It's one of the smallest maps, and the 1950s nuclear test site aesthetic makes it one of the better ideas that have been incorporated into a Call of Duty game. It will be exciting to see what the studio does to freshen up the map for Black Ops 4, as its layout has previously stayed completely unchanged when it was remade for Black Ops II and Black Ops III.