Player Count In Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4's Battle Royale Mode Still Undecided

Treyarch says it is still experimenting with the player count for Blackout mode to "create the best experience."

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One of the biggest new features being introduced in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is Blackout, a battle royale-style game mode in which players compete to be the last one standing. Other battle royale games, particularly the two most popular examples of the genre, PUBG and Fortnite, support up to 100 players in a match, but Black Ops 4 developer Treyarch says it still hasn't settled on how many will be supported in Blackout.

Speaking to GameSpot, David Vonderhaar, studio design director at Treyarch, revealed that the developer is still experimenting with the player count for Blackout mode. "We haven't actually decided," Vonderhaar said. "We have to create the best experience, and to create that experience in a Call of Duty universe, you have to try various flavors of that until you find the right one."

During the Black Ops 4 reveal presentation, Treyarch described Blackout as a battle royale game done "the Black Ops way." It features the largest map the developer has ever created--approximately 1,500 times larger than Nuketown, the iconic map from the first Black Ops. The mode draws heavily from previous Black Ops games. Players will be able to use characters, items, and weapons from every past installment, including the RC Car. It can also be played solo or in teams and features ground, air, and sea vehicles.

Prior to its release, Activision will host a pre-launch closed beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Activision hasn't announced when the beta will take place and what modes it will feature, but those who pre-order the title will gain access to the beta.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 12. We recently learned a lot of new details about the title, including its expanded Zombies mode. Activision also revealed that the game won't feature a traditional single-player campaign, but a variety of solo missions for each of its Specialists. You can watch all of the trailers from the Black Ops 4 presentation in our roundup.

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Jedimaster007uk

Black Ops 4: You can't polish a turd
Every time they release one its always 'Boots on the ground' - with the exception of leaping through the air.
Problem is Activision/Treyarch no longer listens to or makes games for the gamers. A big NO from me :0)

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Thanatos2k

"I mean, we have no idea what we're doing, but Activision forced us to add it"

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gargungulunk

300 players with permadeath.

Last one standing after 6 months gets thier face on the next game-box.

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MondasM

bwahahaha, i'd say stick with 12... :D

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Dr_Vancouver

Yeah, it's an easy hard no from me. Watched the whole presentation- I love how they emphasize "boots on the ground" when people are spider manning all over the place flying through the air w/ grappling hooks. I don't know how they so quickly forgot the lesson that WW2 sales should have taught them. Maybe in two and a half years Sledgehammer will do Vietnam, that'll bring me back but I couldn't be less interested in the gameplay video shown off. Also side note, I bet their Battle Royale cash in has 18-20 player, not the 100 people are expecting. That's why they didn't even broach the subject.

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Jako998

Its a no from me dawg.

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ballaShotCaller

yeah, this one's going to be a day one for me. they are providing 3 big multiplayer modes right off the bat and no more exosuits is nice. the new little details to everything will be interesting. hope it has hdr on release. haven't played a CoD in years but this one looks really fun.

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dacontag

I bet it’ll be between 50 - 75