For months, rumors have been swirling about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout battle royale mode, but today we have finally been given some concrete answers. In particular, there has been much speculation about how many players the Blackout battle royale mode will support, but Treyarch has now revealed the exact number.
As revealed today by Treyarch, the battle royale mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will support 80 players. This number was selected to provide the best gameplay experience possible for players, but it's possible that it could be changed in the future. Treyarch has confirmed that it has tested Blackout with up to 100 players, and previous reports indicated that the maximum number of players was going to be 60. Treyarch will decide whether or not to adjust the number of players in Blackout after analyzing player feedback from the upcoming beta.
Those who would like to try out the Blackout beta will have a chance to do so starting next week. PS4 players who pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 can play the beta beginning September 10, while those on PC and Xbox One can join the action on September 14. On September 15, the PC beta will be open to all players with a Battle.net account. Come September 17, the Blackout beta will end for all players, meaning those on PS4 will have about a week to try it out, whereas everyone else will just have a few days.
Once the Blackout beta kicks off next week, we'll have an even better understanding of what Call of Duty's take on the battle royale genre will entail. In the meantime, Treyarch has revealed even more about the game mode recently, confirming that zombies will appear on the map, and that it will feature four different vehicles for players to use.
In Blackout, players will have access to two land vehicles, one sea vehicle, and one air vehicle in the form of a helicopter. Helicopters aren't seen in the two big battle royale games (Fortnite and PUBG), so it will be interesting to see how this changes up the typical battle royale formula.
Of course, just like Treyarch could change the number of players in Blackout, the number of vehicles could be tweaked as well. Fans will just have to wait and see how Blackout's beta test goes when it goes live next week.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launches October 12 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Source: Game Informer