Big changes are afoot for Call of Duty‘s multiplayer. Advanced Warfare had its superpowered exo suits but Black Ops 3 doubles down on these abilities letting players do things like fire enemy-position-revealing arrows and an ability that lets people fry soldiers to death. Developer Treyarch is also putting an emphasis on movement, with players being able to wall run and jump to extreme heights.
These things will certainly take some getting used to – though the Black Ops 3 multiplayer beta provided a small taste of that – and players will no doubt enjoy themselves while getting to grips with the new gameplay. However, not everything about Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is brand spanking new, as Treyarch and (publisher) Activision have now revealed the the iconic Nuketown map will be making a return.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Nuketown Map
Nuketown is a map that first showed its face in Call of Duty: Black Ops, with the fictional map being a nuclear testing ground. With the map being so small, it made close quarters combat and fast, knife-in-the-back kills the perfect way to rack up a high score. It was so popular that it made a return in Black Ops 2 as Nuketown 2025 and in Black Ops 3 it will show up again, this time as Nuk3town.
An official blurb explains that the map has been rejigged to go along with the new movement gameplay, while the concept art above suggests that it will be a lot more modern-looking than its predecessors. Mark Lamia, Studio Head of Treyarch, also had this to say:
“The Nuketown maps have a special place in Call of Duty multiplayer history and we can’t wait to build upon that heritage in Black Ops III. We carefully adapted the design of the map to make sure that it fit with our new movement system, but to also make sure that we retained the spirit and the fun that made fans fall in love with it in the first place.”
In order to gain access to the Nuk3town map, players have to pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on PC, PS4, or Xbox One. The map will not be available in last-gen (PS3, Xbox 360) versions of the game.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be released on November 6, 2015 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.