Mob of the Dead is a fan favorite Black Ops II zombies map that is based on the prison-island Alcatraz. Recent leaks suggest that Treyarch is planning to remake this map for CoD 2018. An insider at Treyarch has provided the community with some intel that is very exciting for zombies fans. According to this anonymous source, Black Ops 4 is going to be a huge year for zombies. While technically Black Ops 4 will not be the name of the upcoming CoD, it will be something Black Ops related. Zombies Chronicles was a major success as DLC 5 on Black Ops 3. Treyarch remastered nearly all the old zombies maps, with the exception of a handful. There is still no Five, Call of the Dead, Green Run/TranZit, Nuketown Zombies, Die Rise, Mob of the Dead, or Buried.
According to the insider, Mob of the Dead is first on the list of remasters. Yet it isn’t going to be a remaster, but rather a remake. The map may be included as a pre-order/Season Pass bonus, to incentivize people to purchase the game/DLC early. It will also be the end of the Black Ops 3 zombie storyline that left off at Revelations and will answer any remaining questions. The main parts of MOTD will likely remain intact, but there will be new parts of the island to discover. A recent Call of Duty comic published by Activision, shows a secret underground room in Mob of the Dead. This may be an indicator of a new playable area for players to search, and it supports the recent rumours.
David Vonderhaar, Treyarch game design director, tweeted this image earlier in the year of people holding remaster MOTD signs. The caption of the since deleted tweet read “As seen outside @79DieselRabbit office. I love our (zombies) community”. 79DieselRabbit is the twitter account for Treyarch’s Lead Level Designer, Kevin Worrel. So that means the Lead Level Designer has been actively focusing on remastering/remaking Mob of the Dead for quite some time now. The tweet, in context with the recent leaks, illuminates what Treyarch have been working on deep within the studio.
The original Mob of the Dead is one of the largest maps, in terms of playable area, ever released. In light of these recent leaks, it seems the map is set to get even bigger. Hopefully this is a trend Treyarch will follow with the subsequent DLCs, the most requested change from players has been larger maps. However, it looks like Treyarch is already on the right track with this MOTD remake. CoD Zombies continues to grow within the game and as a community. Jason Blundell, has also been sharing information about possible new zombie modes and overall just trying new, exciting things. While most of this is speculation, one thing we can be confident on is whenever Black Ops 4 is released it’s going to feature the best zombies mode anyone has ever seen.
Note: There has been no confirmation on whether Call of Duty Black Ops 4 will be coming in 2018.