Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4's Battle Royale Mode, Blackout, Revealed

The battle royale-style mode is one of the big new additions in this year's Call of Duty game.

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After much teasing and speculation, Activision finally pulled back the curtain on this year's highly anticipated Call of Duty game, Black Ops 4. Like previous entries in the series, Black Ops 4 includes a variety of different game modes, such as the ever-popular Zombies, but this year's installment will also feature its own take on the battle royale genre.

Dubbed Blackout, the new battle royale-style mode pits players against each other in a fight to be the last one standing. On the official Call of Duty website, Activision revealed that Blackout will be playable solo or in teams, just as Fortnite and PUBG. Where it differs from other battle royale games, however, is that it draws heavily on previous Black Ops titles. Developer Treyarch says it wanted to create a battle royale mode "the Black Ops way," and to that end, it has incorporated elements from the entire series into the mode.

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According to Treyarch, the map in Blackout is the biggest one the developer has ever created. Some of its locations are old maps taken directly from past entries, and players can use weapons and items from every previous Black Ops game, including the RC car. The map also features land, air, and sea vehicles, and players can play as Hudson, Reznov, Mason, and other characters from the series. However, Treyarch says it is still undecided on the number of players Blackout will support.

Activision announced a ton of new details about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 during this week's special reveal event. Along with Blackout, the publisher talked a lot about the new Zombies campaign, which is set across three unique maps at launch and places a stronger emphasis on mystery. Activision also revealed that Black Ops 4 won't have a traditional single-player campaign; rather, the game will feature solo missions that focus on each of its Specialist characters.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 12--nearly a month earlier than Call of Duty games typically launch. The PC version will be available exclusively via Blizzard's Battle.net service. Activision will hold a beta for Black Ops 4 ahead of its launch later this year, although exact details on that will be announced at a later date.

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Sounds cool. Will have to get this for switch. (Whatever mode makes it to switch that is.)

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Ooooh, emphasis on mystery! Can't wait!

Publishers are getting better and better... at PR... at expense of actual gaming...

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This would be the perfect time for Medal of Honour or Brothers in Arms to make a comeback and prove that campaigns are an integral part of the FPS genre. Sure, online gameplay is important too but what I would give for a remake of the classic FPS Black that totally foregoes online gameplay and proves CoD to be foolish in their decision to go online only. (I am aware that their are some offline 'missions'.)

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@gotrekfabian: I miss the original PS1 Medal of Honor campaign! Would like to see more of that in this day and age.

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Next.

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We all knew a battle royale mode was coming to COD, and personally coming from a person that can give two shits about fortnite, pubg or the whole "battle royale" mode for that matter, COD ripped off pretty much every game and their mothers in that reveal... cough R6 siege cough. When will they relize, its not just the wall running............. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE MW4 IN ALL OF ITS GLORY!!!!!!!!!! MODERN!!!!!!! WARFARE!!!!! 4!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!! been sayin it for like 10 years.

at least i know where octobers milk money is going... wait 2 weeks after the release of this game and you'll play a real diamond in the ruff, a game that i can guarantee will deserve your money, thats right, RDR2!

on a side note, trailers 2 & 3 for zombies look pretty cool... the first trailer was trash.

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@j3diknightdave: Fall 2019 Modern Warfare 4 and PS5 are launching.

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@Eddie619: Dream on. No new Playstation before 2020.

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@aross2004: PS4 launched on 28nm Fall 2013, PS4 Pro a “Mid Gen Uprade” that launched 3 years after obviously in the middle of the PS4 cycle on 16nm Fall 2016 and you will without a doubt see PS5 6 Years after PS4 and 3 years after PS4 Pro launch Fall 2019 on 7nm. In 2013 the last batch of Exclusives for PS3 launched one of them was The Last Of Us and then PS4 launched that Fall, Next year the last batch of Exclusives will launch on PS4 and one of them will be The Last Of Us 2 and then you’ll see PS5 launch that Fall, CyberPunk 2077 is launching next year and this ad adds a lot more fire about Next Gen next year. I can’t wait to get back to you about this and see how foolish you feel. ?

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@Eddie619: i'd be willing to bet your wrong. i say MAYBE an announcement at E3 2019 and most likely on shelves holiday 2020. you MAY be right about a ps5 in 2019, but you and all that life cycle and exclusive shit you were sayin ain't nothing but spectulation that your trying to pass off like fact.. People on these forums hear shit like this from know it all wannabes all the time, why should you be any different? i can't wait until you read this so you feel foolish lol. ?

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@j3diknightdave: There’s too many “Rookie Blues” like You on the web, ? if u think Sony is stupid enough to go all of 2020 relying on multi plat games and a full seventh year on a lousy Jaguar CPU “good luck”.

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@Eddie619: ahhh imma shit all over you when fall 2019 comes and goes with your rookie blue ass lol ?

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@j3diknightdave: You said in your previous comment that you’d be willing to bet I’m wrong, If I’m wrong about PS5 not launching Fall 2019 I’ll deactivate my account and if it does launch Fall 2019 you gotta deactivate your account or are you chicken shit? ?

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@deactivated-5b0457a4d6084: lol looks like hes not a chicken shit... just a stupid one lol

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Its like theyre trying to be boring on purpose.

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Lol, shocker of the year. Also no single player makes the name stupid since it doesn't actually continue the story.

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They have zero ideas now. So sad. Even the marketing for this is from 2016, damn mannequin challenge.

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Someone's making more money than us! Quick, copy them!

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I bought COD2 for the single player. Then my mom finally let me get xbox live. Ever since then i been a fan of the series. I mainly buy COD for the online but I have also beaten every campaign. That being said i'll probably have to pass on this. I know all of you don't care but you should. The only reason why COD is implementing new modes is because they are seeing a decline. Lets face it the graphics for call of duty been trash. No single player, sub par graphics, now only online. So when the servers are down, or someone hacks it you cant even play the game you own. I love video games but my love for them has been dying slowly.

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@BankAMG: well go play football

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It probably has a match-3 game in there and lootboxes too. Baaah.

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Ok COD. We had a good run. You would consistently put out games with campaigns which i would buy then sell but now you say you dont want my money, you only want MP players money? Those cheaters and adhd freaks who destroy every single game that comes out? You wanna imitate? Fine, be that way.

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They really need to ditch the CoD name and come up with new gameplay and content

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No single player and 3 zombies maps and put Battle Royale and they charging you full price. I know game might sale but better games for Battle Royale. RDR 2 going be long single player game and add Battle Royale and other modes for online and that game worth for money than Cod Black Opes 4.

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@playstationzone: Well I for one am really looking forward to Cod Black Opes 4. Those fish won't see me coming.

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@ballashotcaller: fart

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They’ll take the time to make a large map for this mode but when it comes to standard online matchmaking maps, they stick with the 3 lane map the size of a shoebox. SMH

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Another COD and another Battle Royale game all in one.

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So it has no campaign whatsoever but does include a mode that's already been well-established elsewhere.

Yeah guys, this is it. CoD is entering the end stage.

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@cboye18: instead of campaign, why not throw more resources into making a bigger multiplayer experience with more choices of how you can play? this is black ops FOUR after all. who is going to pick that up for a campaign? they should have done this years ago. have one team focus on multiplayer only and maybe 1 or 2 of the other devs makes a campaign in their version.

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@cboye18: Full AAA price, ofc.


With $300 of lootbox, microtransaction action, trying to manipulate addictive personalities by any means possible.

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Considering how glitchy PUBG is and how it looks graphically this could be pretty good. Pretty obvious they gave up on making a campaign last year and opted for the easier Battle Royale option.

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So sad to see a one-time leader of the pack becoming just another follower of the herd.

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@tom_cat_01: Couldn't agree more. It used to be series that everyone tried to copy... now it's the other way around with COD copying everyone and everything.

It's a shame as COD has always been mechanically sound. Runs at a near smooth frame-rate and gunplay for the most part is pretty good. When COD did it's own thing (like back in MW 1 and 2 and World At War) it was great!

Shame to see such a giant become nothing but a quick cash and grab. 3 year development cycle my ass!

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@tom_cat_01: they're leading with the biggest battle royale that will be available with the most options. battle royale was not invented by pubg or fortnite, they just helped put it into the mainstream. if this is what they are passionate about then it's much better than them doing a tacked on single-player mode. the passion really showed itself in the presentation and made me excited for a CoD game. by removing the single-player they can funnel more resources into the MP and make it better than ever.

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@ballashotcaller: In what way is this the "biggest battle royale that will be available with the most options"?

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@ballashotcaller: I... I never said those people invented it. I never mentioned them.

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@tom_cat_01: you don't have to get personal. i never said you said that. i was meaning the "leaders" you mention are just followers as well by your own terms. taking a game mode out of a game and throwing it into your game doesn't make you a follower.

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@ballashotcaller: It actually does in this case as Treyarch is just following the trend right now as you yourself mentioned that fortnight and PUBG brought BR to the mainstream. I highly doubt there would be a BR mode if it wasn't the most popular thing in competitive gaming right now.

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@ahmad996: how do you know that the devs didn't want to make a battle royale mode for a while? it's not a new game type and publisher may have found it risky to develop a thing that wasn't popular a year ago. finally somebody found huge success with it, you guys said something about wanting to do a battle royale mode? cool, here's the money.

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@ballashotcaller: Come on, you'd have to be blind to think that they aren't doing a Battle Royal mode because it's suddenly huge. They are following the trend wave. Which, let's be fair, they always have. Zombies was a literal reaction from Halo ODST and Reach's Firefight, while also cashing in on the Zombie craze that was happening during the time.

Now they are ditching Campaign and buying all in on Battle Royal, which will be hot for a few years and then they'll move on to the next. Let's hope they don't just do a Fortnite and directly rip the map and idea from Player Unknown. I get wanting to jump on the bandwagon, but Epic really delivered a low blow with that map and dome feature being ripped directly from Player Unknown.

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@ballashotcaller: Recycling old assets and copy pasting the same maps is hardly a challenge especially for a team of their size. We can both believe whatever we want but the fact is that this franchise is recycled trash at this point with no shred of innovation and this BR mode proves that. The Micheal Bay style of campaign costs a hell of a lot more than a battle royale. Zombies is the only fun thing about the black ops franchise anymore. You can be excited for this game if you want at the end of the day despite the fact that there are countless other games with more promise coming this year. But dont defend Activition especially when none of us are certain of what is the truth. All we can rely on is the historical info which is certainly not in Activition's favor.

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