Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is set to launch in just one month, but before then, fans will have a chance to test out its highly anticipated Blackout battle royale mode. The Blackout beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 kicks off next week, but Treyarch has spilled the beans on various aspects of the mode a little early.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 design director David Vonderhaar recently spoke with Game Informer in an interview that included 195 rapid-fire questions. The full interview is embedded below, but we have collected what we believe to be the most interesting tidbits right here:
- Players can pick up armor from the ground, but there will be no cosmetic items on the map.
- The Blackout map does not have a name.
- Split-screen is being tested.
- 80 players for the beta, but that number could be increased or decreased by launch.
- There is a possibility for more maps.
- Zombies will spawn at specific points on the map, as do helicopters.
- Players can transport loot in the Cargo Truck vehicle, which is currently capped at about 10-20 items.
- Players can carry two primary weapons at once.
- More AI-controlled enemies besides zombies could be added later.
- No third-person view.
- Dozens of new characters will be added after launch.
- Nuketown Island has mannequins.
- Emotes are planned and while they won’t be in the beta, could be available at launch.
- There will be melee weapons.
- Mason and Reznov are playable characters, but JFK is not included.
- No cross-platform play.
- There will be 20 to 22 characters available both at launch and during the beta.
- Blackout “can” run at 60 frames per second.
For the most part, it sounds like the Blackout battle royale mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be fairly standard battle royale fare, but with some major exceptions. For one, having distinct characters players choose from is quite the departure from battle royale norms, which usually have players customize their own character or just change their skin, like in Fortnite.
Secondly, the addition of zombies to the map should also shake things up quite a bit. There are some battle royale games that have dabbled with AI-controlled enemies, but none on the scale of Black Ops 4. It will be interesting to see how zombies are received by the community, and if Treyarch will adjust how they work in Blackout after next week’s beta.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launches on October 12 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.