Stone carvings, tally marks, and human remains tell a darker story on one of Black Ops 4’s most popular maps.
The Call of Duty series is no stranger to easter eggs. From the more traditional eggs like the Giant Apple in Call of Duty: Finest Hour, to the larger cross map egg in Black Ops 3’s Revelations Zombies map, players have been trained to keep their eyes open.
However this easter egg comes from an unexpected place – multiplayer map, Contraband. Since Black Ops 4 released in October 2018, players have started to pick up on little details in multiplayer that may point to a larger story.
Beginning with wall markings that read “TOO SALTY XX” “Don’t Wet the WATER!!!” and “Saw a boat today. Passed me by. Was it real???”, it’s clear there were a group of people who were once stranded on this island.
Here is where things start to get spooky. More markings are found with text reading “FEAR THE WATER!” “One fish, two fish, red fish, dead fish.” and “Fear the beast!”.
As more markings are uncovered, the story opens up and it’s clear there were two men who were shipwrecked on this island. One named Frank, and the other being an unnamed passenger responsible for the wall markings. A wooden board on the map reads:
Day 5 – Frank says help will come soon…
Day 143 – Supplies running low. Frank still thinks we will be saved.
Day 215 – Caught Frank stealing from me. He denies it but I know the truth.
Day 245 – Frank and his ??????? football
Day 2?? – Frank has disappeared… I eat well tonight!
Day ?? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA NO ONE LEAVES
Frank’s remains can be found near a football, a reference to the volleyball Tom Hank’s character befriends in the film Castaway as a sign of going insane.
As of now, that is where their story ends. There are still some loose ends with other cryptic markings found around the map that seem to resemble letters from the Apothicon alphabet from Zombies, however they do not match up all too well.
Frank and the author of the board journal are on the ship that’s now stranded on the island. They crash – presumably not far in the future, considering they have Russian food from 1941, maybe even in the 20th century? They stay there for roughly a year and go insane – Frank befriends a football, the author catches Frank stealing from him, kills and eats him. Fast forward to the future, a couple years before the actual map takes place, a drug/weapons cartel stumbles across the island and turns it into a base of operations. For some reason they have to quickly abandon it. Fast forward a couple of years to the future, a military intervention on the island, and this is the actual map.
What’s most interesting is that this hidden story has nothing to do with the maps description in-game which reads:
Contraband: Surveillance of an international arms smuggling operation has uncovered this shipping hub on a remote, uncharted island off the coast of Colombia.
While we still don’t know who the beast is, what killed Frank, or what those symbols mean, the story is not over. What do you think led to these voyagers demise? Let us know in the comments below!
COD 2020 Teasers: Black Ops 4 Summit map, Treyarch social profile
As we opened our new crates that Activision sent through, Black Ops 4’s Summit map got an update.
The screens in the center of the map in Black Ops 4 turned on which seem to match to what some of our slides show:
There’s also a look at clocks of 4 out of the 5 locations that some of us got as part of the slides to see:
These changes do appear to be new, especially the screens with the targets on them. Analyzing older images of the maps showcase that the screens were not showing the same thing.
In addition, Treyarch has updated their cover photo on social channels.
It’s getting cold out there…
Gameplay from Black Ops 4’s canceled campaign mode revealed
A user on Reddit, r/BlackOps4, has shared what appears to be the very first footage of gameplay from the canceled campaign mode of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which released in October 2018, was the first Call of Duty game to not have a traditional campaign mode, instead opting to have three online-based modes.
Treyarch insisted throughout the year that they really didn’t have plans for a campaign and were focusing on an online connected experience for Black Ops 4, but many reports and sources described the campaign as being too ambitious and canceled because of issues with development.
On Reddit, a user has shared about two minutes of alpha footage of the gameplay of Black Ops 4’s campaign. The campaign, in alpha-state footage (meaning its not complete), had a very similar HUD to the MP experience of Black Ops 4. The user claims that the campaign and MP were supposed to be connected, and that’s why the HUD is so similar.
The gameplay starts by showing a message of “FIND THE AQUILUS CEO.”
Here’s the gameplay footage:
The user who posted this has not said where they got this gameplay footage as of now. He said he only has this footage, alongside an augmented footage of the engine of BO4, which he is not releasing at this time.
Double XP live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 through February 6
To celebrate the big game this weekend, Treyarch is activating Double XP Quad Feed in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 this weekend – starting now.
Live in game now is:
- 2XP in MP
- 2XP in Zombies
- 2XP Party Game Moshpit
All of this is live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This is live through February 6 at 10AM PT.
For those still enjoying Black Ops 4, enjoy a new XP weekend!
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