ACTIVISION will be introducing Battle Royale to Call of Duty this year, under the moniker ‘Blackout’. Here’s everything you need to know about the Fortnite and PUBG rival mode and it’s upcoming beta.
Call of Duty – Black Ops 4: Blackout – Trailer
Activision and Treyarch have released a new trailer for Blackout.
Initially, the trailer seems to have been received by fans quite well – the ratio of likes to dislikes on the Youtube video is tracking well, at any rate.
The trailer shows off the variety of maps and spaces in the game that players will be able to traverse on foot or in one of many vehicles (see below for a full list).
With 80 players in the game at any one time, and a slew of weapons and devices available to you, the mode looks chaotic and intense – and we’re excited to get our hands on it when the beta launches on September 10.
Call of Duty – Black Ops 4: Blackout – Game Informer
US magazine Game Informer has released more information regarding Call of Duty Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode.
In an information blowout, Game Informer has revealed how many players will be able to play in the Battle Royale at one time, what vehicles will be usable in the mode, what content we can expect in-game and much more besides.
We’ve updated our various headers in the article below with all the most recent information, so check this page to learn everything you need to know about Black Ops 4: Blackout.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout – Overview
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout – What is it?
The new Blackout mode is perhaps the biggest change to Call of Duty this year. The mode is heavily inspired by the successes of Fortnite and PUBG (the biggest successes in the Battle Royale genre right now), but developer Treyarch is keen to assure players that the mode will have its own flavour versus its competitors – that it’ll retain that trademark Black Ops feeling.
The Battle Royale mode is sort-of a love letter to Black Ops games past: the map (which will be 1500 times the size of Nuketown, by the way) will be filled with elements from previous Black Ops maps.
So for Call of Duty aficionados, there will be a lot for you to pick through and discover as you play – that’s pretty cool.
Also, the development team is keen to reinforce the idea that this will be a Battle Royale with all the hallmarks of a CoD game: high fidelity, stable framerate, a massive pool of weapons, incredible production values.
We’re seeing Activision enter the currently quite small pool of Battle Royale games as a bonafide triple-A publisher with a lot of clout behind it – this could really shake up the scene that Fortnite and PUBG has been instrumental in creating
Call of Duty – Black Ops 4: Blackout – Beta Client Update
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII beta may be over (for now) but players eager to try out Call of Duty’s take on Battle Royale should keep their beta client download on PS4 or Xbox One – because it’s going to see some use soon.
This week, Treyarch confirmed that the beta client for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is going to turn into the Blackout beta when it launches ahead of the game’s actual release in October.
So that basically means anyone that got a beta code for the game has guaranteed access to the Blackout beta (which is due to start in September).
For the rest of what we know about Blackout, check out our in-depth guide below.
Call of Duty – Black Ops 4: Blackout – Release Date
Activision and Treyarch have finally announced when players will be able to get their mitts on the first playable build of Blackout.
In a tweet, the official Call of Duty account noted that players will be able to play solo, or queue in duos or squads of four.
Blackout will be available first to PlayStation 4 players on September 10.
Xbox and PC versions of the beta will follow, albeit at an unannounced date (if it’s anything like previous tests, expect it to drop on week later though).
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout – Map size
The Blackout map for Call of Duty Black Ops IIIIwill take place “on the biggest map [Treyarch] has ever made,” according to new comments from Treyarch’s David Vonderhaar.
The developer noted that the Blackout map will be ‘1500 times bigger than Nuketown’ – which has lead some fans of the title to try and figure out exactly how large the map in the game will be.
According to expert Call of Duty YouTube broadcaster Drift0r, the Blackout map should fall somewhere between 4.5km2 and 7.4km2.
That would make the map smaller than PUBG’s Erengal map – which measures in at 64km2 – but would make it roughly the same size as Fortnite’s 5.5km2 map.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout – Key Features
Here are the key features of Blackout, as explained during the Black Ops IIII reveal livestream back in May:
• The Battle Royale mode is “Unique in Black Ops”. It’s a survival game with “the most refined mechanics in the world.”
• It’s got the Biggest map ever. 1500x bigger than the Nuketown map.
• It has your favorite characters, weapons, most iconic places of favorite maps in the game.
• It has land, sea and air options.
• It also includes the Zombies cast
• Battle Royale mode is called “Blackout”
“We’re bringing 10 years of Black Ops history – with bits of our most iconic maps, our most famous weapons and putting it in one place, which you can navigate with land, sea and air vehicles.”
The Game Informer September issue included a few big bits of information about how we can expect Blackout to play.
Here’s one of the magazine’s graphics, written out, that explains the game in numbers:
• 3 tiers of health and armor
• 8 primary ammunition types
• 12 equipment items
• 17 consumable perks
• 17 weapons attachments
• 24 different weapons
• 125 items total
If you’re interested in the health information up there, another section on the blowout feature went into detail on that.
Apparently, Player health starts at 150 in Blackout, as it does in Multiplayer in BO4 too.
You can get basic bandages, trauma kits, and king-sized med-kits – all health items (if you use enough of them) can take you back up to full health.
Game Informer also notes that you’ll be able to unlock new characters in the game via completing challenges.
There will be 20 characters total at launch in Blackout (expect more to be introduced later) and you’ll likely recognise the characters from other Treyarch Call of Duty games.
Confirmed so far are: Frank Woods, Viktor Reznov, Raul Menendez, and Alex Mason. Black Ops 4 specialist characters are also available in Blackout, as well as the new Zombies cast.
Each character has their own challenges required to unlock them.
Zombies will be present in the map during Blackout game modes, Game Informer revealed in its September issue.
The AI-controlled enemies will patrol the map, providing threats to players – so this time, it isn’t just other human players that can kill you.
“However, the most immediately noticeable detail is that Blackout features A.I.-controlled undead foes designed to introduce even more chaos into this hectic free-for-all,” reads the Game Informer feature, before mentioning that they also drop loot.
Zombies will only be active in certain places on the map, and will drop Zombie Supply Stashes when killed – these stashes can include “powerful and rare items” which include the Zweihandler gun, Ray Gun, and monkey bombs.
Treyarch has said you only have to interact with Zombes if you want to.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout – Vehicles
Game Informer’s cover story revealed what vehicles will be in the game and playable at launch in Blackout.
From the configuration of the vehicles, you can see a lot of the game will be built around groups and squads for that close, group v. group action feel – which is interesting.
The vehicles included at launch are:
Cargo Truck (holds one driver, four passengers)
ATV (one driver, one passenger)
Zodiac Inflatable Boat (one pilot, one passenger)
Little Bird Helicopter (one pilot, four passengers)