Following months of rumors and speculation, Treyarch and Activision finally confirmed that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 would be joining the battle royale genre with its Blackout game mode. While there’s still a lot we don’t know about Blackout, it’s been said that the map will feature locations pulled from previous maps in the Black Ops series, as opposed to being made up of completely brand new areas.
Treyarch and Activision stopped short of confirming which past Black Ops maps would be featured in the Blackout mode for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, but there’s plenty of great maps to choose from. However, there are five Black Ops series maps in particular that stand out as the ones we would most like to see represented in Blackout.
While the first Black Ops may be best known for Nuketown, there is another map that often comes up in conversation when discussing the best maps in series history. Firing Range, a medium-sized map set in a Cuban military training facility, remains a top-tier map, with Treyarch even remaking it as Studio in Black Ops 2. Firing Range’s unique layout would make it a fun place to explore in Blackout, and help give the map some extra flavor it wouldn’t have otherwise.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has its fair share of memorable multiplayer maps, but few have become as popular as Hijacked. A relatively small, close-quarters map set on a luxury yacht, Hijacked has remained a fan favorite map, with its popularity seeing it remade for Black Ops 3 as Skyjacked. Hijacked’s unique setting could make for some interesting battle royale gameplay, as it would force players to travel through the ocean to reach land, and if the “circle” were to end there, it could result in some very intense late-game shootouts.
Due to Black Ops 3‘s use of thrusters and wall-running, not many of the maps seem like they would translate well to the Blackout battle royale map. That being said, there is one that stands out as a strong contender for Blackout, and that is the Hunted map from Black Ops 3. As one of the most popular maps from Black Ops 3, Hunted features both indoor and outdoor areas, as well as opportunities for players to swim. That’s not to mention Hunted’s appealing aesthetics, which include caves tucked behind pristine waterfalls, that could make it a popular place for players to “drop” onto the map.
Nuketown is easily the most popular map in the Black Ops series, having been remade for both Black Ops 2 as Nuketown 2025 and Black Ops 3 as Nuk3town. The Nuketown map has proven so popular that Treyarch even created a version of it for the popular Zombies game mode, and so it’s a no-brainer for it to be included as part of the Blackout game map.
As it turns out, we may already have some evidence that Nuketown will be a part of the Blackout map. Game director David Vonderhaar recently teased on Twitter that a new version of Nuketown is in the works for Black Ops 4, and while it could simply be a standalone multiplayer map, it would seem like a missed opportunity if it wasn’t available in the Blackout map as well.
Set in a mansion in Hollywood, the Raid map is notable for supporting both close-quarters combatants and those who prefer to snipe from a distance. This blend of styles would make Raid an intriguing spot for Blackout. Plus, there are some interesting areas to see within the map itself, like the basketball court and the veranda, which has a bar and a small pool for players to swim.
While we would most like to see these five memorable maps recreated for Blackout in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, there are many other maps it could draw from as well. Some that come to mind include Summit and Grid from the original Black Ops, the Slums and Yemen from Black Ops 2, and Combine from Black Ops 3.
Depending on how large the Blackout map is (some estimates claim it will be smaller than PUBG‘s Erangel map), it could potentially feature locations from almost every major Black Ops map. Ultimately, we’ll just have to wait for Activision and Treyarch to share more information about Blackout and how exactly Call of Duty will handle its first foray into the battle royale genre.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will launch on October 12 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.