There are many Call of Duty maps that are among the most hated by its fans, but one from Modern Warfare 2 has become so ridiculed it’s become a meme: Santa Sena Border Crossing. In a recent interview with Dexerto, multiplayer design director of Modern Warfare II, Geoff Smith, explained the map was designed to have balance between “experiential maps” and competitive ones. He also proclaimed the map was inspired in part by the move Sicario.
If you haven’t played the map, the reason it’s so unpopular is because of the cars (as seen above). Essentially, the map is just a narrow road that’s blockaded with many cars, and if you’ve played Call of Duty before, they love to explode when hit with bullets and grenades. A car explosion is a one-hit kill, making for an extremely chaotic map–especially for modes like Search and Destroy.
“Map-wise, we try to have a balance between experiential maps and the more competitive maps,” Smith told Dexerto. “Not all of them are super sweaty, balanced ones. There’s ones where ‘hey, it’d be really cool to fight over a border crossing.’ And I know that map’s not super popular in certain groups, but we like to keep it fun and it’s really neat to move through those cars, channeling Sicario. So we try to keep it fun and switch it up, but there’s a balance.”
Smith later stated the team thought about removing the car explosions from round-based modes because it got “really old.” He also joked that the team isn’t out to “ruin people’s fun on every single map.”
In other Call of Duty news, a recent report claims the next Call of Duty game will be Modern Warfare 3, which may arrive this November.