A brand new Blackout map is due to arrive in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 tomorrow, April 9th. Alcatraz is a prison island that offers a more compact and fast-paced experience ideal for those who love close-quarters combat. There will still be 40 players duking it out in the smaller space, though, so Treyarch has offered up six tips to help players to survive for longer.
1. Use Sensor Darts carefully
If you’re lucky enough to find a Sensor Dart, pay close attention to the color of enemy pings. A smaller, dark red ping means that an enemy is either above or below you. With the verticality of Alcatraz, this can be key information for survival.
2. Weapons can be found on walls
Zombies fans will notice that Wall Buys can be found throughout Alcatraz. You’ll be even happier to know that the Wall Buys in Alcatraz are free of charge, aside from the battle to get there. These provide a selection of guaranteed weapons throughout the course of the match, so keep an eye out for their blue glow.
3. Your Perks can keep you alive
The Outlander and Brawler Perks can be very useful on the island. You’ll often be forced outside of the collapse or end up right next to an enemy, and these perks may just be your saving grace.
4. Choose equipment that suits close-quarters combat
The close quarters gameplay of Alcatraz lends itself to certain pieces of equipment, weapons, and perks well-suited for tighter spaces that players should consider. Cluster Grenades are great for clearing out rooms, the Cordite submachine gun has excellent mobility and a high-capacity magazine, and Skulker or Dead Silence allows you to move quickly and quietly among the living and the dead.
5. Portals will get closer to the ground
If you find yourself warping through a portal in the later collapses, keep your head on a swivel. Redeploy heights will be gradually reduced throughout the match to keep you closer to the fight. Late drops will be very hot.
6. Don’t wait on the edge of the final collapse
For the final collapse, move towards the center point as early as you can. If you’re running from the edge of the collapse you’ll have to battle two types of enemies: other enemy teams and high circle damage.
All players will be able to try out Alcatraz tomorrow when it arrives on Xbox One. This includes players who are trying out the mode through the Free Access event that’s running until April 30th.