Black Ops 4 Blackout, Call of Duty’s take on a Battle Royale mode, where large numbers of players attempt to be the last person standing on a huge sprawling map, is very nearly upon us, with preloads going live and the release time coming very soon after.
Black Ops 4 is probably the most radical Call of Duty game in years, ditching a traditional single-player campaign to focus on multiplayer activities, including three Zombies experiences, changes to traditional player-versus-player matches and, of course, this newly added mode.
Here’s everything we know about Blackout and Black Ops ahead of the game’s launch on October 12.
Now that the betas are all over, all that’s left is the real thing. Black Ops 4 is available to preload right now, as of October 11th, and then it will be officially playable simultaneously, and therefore at the following times:
Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Blackout release time:
There are some reports of Black Ops 4 already being playable now once you’ve downloaded it – but given it’s enormous download size and 50GB day one patch, that still might not be possible for everyone!
Nothing carries over from the beta, so everyone’s on a level playing field as we start. Good luck!
Blackout is a Battle Royale mode in the same vein as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite, but with a Call of Duty twist.
Here is the full trailer for the mode:
We know that:
So far, so good. However, what we don’t know is:
The Blackout map features a variety of locations from across the series, including:
The Blackout map will be 1,500 times larger than Black Ops fan-favourite location Nuketown. One Call of Duty player, Drift0r, has used the power of mathematics to find out, calculating the size of Black Ops 3’s Nuketown map and multiplying it 1,500 times. The result? That Blackout’s map will come in under the size of Fortnite’s map.
Of course, that’s just an estimate, and if you’re a PUBG player, that comparison is a little more difficult, but expect it to come in closer in size to the new, smaller 4×4 Sanhok map than the other larger arenas – though again, the exact comparison between even PUBG and Fortnite’s settings are unclear.
Either way, it’s a play setting far larger than anything we’ve seen in Call of Duty to date.
Based on what else we know about the reveal trailer and various changes to Black Ops 4, here’s how we can expect the mode to play: