The map itself isn’t a fully rendered version of the battle royale playing area. Rather, think of it more like a Google Earth VR version, where the closer you get to the ground, the choppier the graphics get. It’s clear that this version of the battle royale map is designed as a backdrop/skybox for the Vacant map.
This might have been the same glitch that allowed a Redditor to discover what seems to be a new battle royale map and features in November. The new map leak also seemingly confirmed a new battle royale feature called “Gulag,” where eliminated players will have a chance to battle 1 vs. 1, with the victor getting to respawn.
12 days ago, another Redditor managed to post a video of an aerial view of the supposed battle royale map, showing off the landscape in slightly more detail.
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The new map seems to combine the Spec Ops and Ground War maps, resulting in one giant map, according to leaks. As Eurogamer points out, this means that it’s possible that players have been playing on the battle royale map (in a sense) since launch and simply weren’t aware of the new areas, which have now been uncovered.Activision hasn’t officially acknowledged the glitch as of yet, but it’s safe to assume that they’ll likely address it as soon as possible in order to avoid further leaks. The company also hasn’t made any formal announcement about Modern Warfare’s battle royale mode, or when we can expect to see it release.
It was recently revealed that Modern Warfare players have spent over 57,000 years in multiplayer matches, which has only increased with the new holiday update.
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