Several months ago, the video game publisher Activision and developer Treyarch decided to provide those looking to give Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout mode a go the chance to do so with a free week-long trial. Now, the companies have opted to give gamers another free trial period of the first-person shooter's battle royale mode by making it free-to-play throughout the month of April 2019.
Starting today, Activision and Treyarch has made it so that the last-man-standing battle royale portion of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be free for everyone to play from April 2, 2019 through April 30, 2019. Of course, there's somewhat of a catch for those on console in that PS4 and Xbox One players will need an active subscription to PSN or Xbox Live. Aside from that, though, there’s no additional cost to try out the game's Blackout mode.
Activision and Treyarch making Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout mode free for the month of April 2019 comes shortly after the publisher and developer revealed a brand new map for Blackout dubbed Alcatraz, which is set to go live today on PlayStation 4, and a little later on Xbox One and PC. With this being the case, it looks as if the companies are keen to get as many players as possible into the battle royale mode in order to experience the fresh map, and a free month with Blackout could be just the ticket.
For those unaware, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's development team has previously experimented with some temporary features for the first-person shooter's battle royale mode ever since it initially became available, such as the limited time addition of an Ambush mode for Blackout. Bearing this in mind, it's possible that Treyarch could incorporate some other limited time features throughout the free trial period of April 2019, but this has yet to be confirmed just yet.
All things considered, it will be interesting to see just how many players wind up flocking to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for the month of April 2019 in order to play Blackout for free. There's no doubt that Activision and Treyarch are looking to use the free incentive to hook gamers on the battle royale mode in order to have them purchase the full version of the game in May, but it remains to be seen just how successful the ploy will be.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.