Black Ops 4 Blackout is 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 – and the Black Ops 4 Blackout beta is the first place to try it.
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 the Black Ops 4 beta ahead of the game’s launch on October 12.
After the Black Ops 4 beta for the game’s core multiplayer, Activision has revealed the Blackout beta start date for all platforms:
The Blackout beta end date is the same for all platforms – Monday, September 17th.
As for the Black Ops 4 Blackout beta start time and end time, it is the same across all platforms and dates:
It should be noted the standard multiplayer beta debuted a few hours ahead of schedule – so if you’re in the UK, it’ll be worth pre-loading and attempting to log in to try your luck!
First, if you participated in the first Black Ops 4 beta, then access to the Blackout beta is automatically granted. It’s thought to be the same client as before – it’ll need an update, but having it pre-installed and ready to go could save a little time.
If you’ve yet to participate in the Black Ops 4 beta, to access the beta on console, you must get a Black Ops 4 beta code by pre-ordering the game. If from a store, you will receive a code from the retailer, while digital purchases will grant your account automatic access.
On PC, you download the game through BattleNet. You don’t need to pre-order to play the Black Ops 4 beta, though doing so will give you one day of early access.
Though experience won’t carry over into the full game, playing the first multiplayer beta gave everyone a “unique, one-of-a-kind calling card” to carry over into the full game. It’s not confirmed if this is the same, but there might be something similar.
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: