Black Ops Cold War Alpha Maps are the three locales you'll get to play in the latest Call of Duty installment. Here's everything you need to know about the Black Ops Cold War Alpha maps.
Black Ops Cold War Alpha Maps
The Call of Duty staff detailed the playable Alpha maps in an announcement on the Call of Duty blog. There are five maps in the Alpha, spit over two game modes. If the map selection here is anything to go by, we could expect the full game to feature maps in the United States, Russia and proxy territories around the world.
The traditional 6-v-6 multiplayer modes in the Alpha will be played in Miami, Moscow and Satellite. The descriptions for each map according to the blog announcement are:
"A prison transport vehicle has been intercepted by Perseus through hired DGI forces, with CIA forces arriving to take them out in the heat of in Miami’s South Beach. Amid art-deco architecture and neon lights, Operators battle between various buildings, in the streets, and on a stretch of the beachfront itself. Various rooftops and windows act as prime longshot spots for sharpshooters who can take advantage of vistas across empty streets and beaches. Meanwhile, Operators can weave in-and-out of vacated tourist traps in close-quarters combat, using parts of a parking garage or the beachfront to flank enemy combatants."
"In the heart of the U.S.S.R, a Spetsnaz squad was sent to a compromised CIA safe house in order to secure the area, capture any remaining CIA operatives, and acquire further intel on NATO’s future plans. Initial reports indicate that the area has gone hot and fighting has spilled out into the streets, prompting a second CIA-JSOC team to arrive at the scene as reinforcements. Fighting will take place in and around an impressive metro station, with the streets of Moscow, as well as nearby apartment buildings and hotels, acting as lanes that all lead back to that central, marble-adorned transportation hub. Stationary vehicles will be key cover pieces when travelling through the streets, as they may help break up sightlines that snipers will want to take advantage of. CQB operators may want to sweep through the various buildings, and could be a key cog in defending the metro building at all five of its entrances."
"First teased in the Black Ops Cold War Reveal trailer, Satellite is set in an Angolan desert where a KH-9 American-made satellite has been downed. Soviet and American forces arrive on a battlefield devoid of any man-made structures, save for the satellite in question at mid-map. Other than this cover-heavy central point, the map’s rocky outcroppings and archways provide numerous flanking routes and plenty of cover. Alternatively, the natural sand dunes on the opposite side of the map are a perfect territory for snipers, at the expense of any meaningful protection from aerial Scorestreaks or a cross-map high-caliber bullet."
The other two maps are reserved for a new multiplayer mode, Combined Arms: Domination. It's a 12-v-12 mode that brings a twist to Domination, featuring vehicles like gunboats and tanks that will be important to utilize.
"It’s 1984, and U.S. and Soviet forces are battling it out in the North Atlantic Ocean in search of a prototype nuclear submarine. Competing squads will take to the high seas with skirmishes on multiple ships, utilizing ziplines, rappel lines, and various seacraft to navigate the rough waters below. The central ship is a hotspot for combat of all forms, from CQB battles in control stations, to sniper duels with adjacent ships, to aquatic warfare that may take place below the surface. Be sure to explore every nook and cranny of the map to discover new entryways to each objective point, and keep your head on a swivel."
"In the middle of the frozen Soviet wilderness, NATO forces have ambushed a large military convoy comprised of mobile ICBM launchers. Tanks and Snowmobiles will help operatives plow over this snowy tundra’s banks and groves, both of which could be temporary homes to sharpshooters looking for longshot opportunities. Those planning out their strategy for victory should consider wresting control of the communications station, the lone structure that stands at the dead center of the iced-over lake. Or, for those looking to flank the enemy team, try braving the rickety bridge that spans over a deadly chasm... if you’re not afraid of heights, that is."
Black Ops Cold War Alpha will release Sept. 18 for all PS4 players, without the need for PS Plus as long as you're not in Germany. You'll get a Calling Card for Modern Warfare's multiplayer modes for participating in the open Alpha.