Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Blackout Battle Royale Gameplay Revealed

Here's a new look at the hardcore battle royale action in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout mode!

If the Black Ops 4 beta is any indication, Call of Duty‘s battle royale Blackout mode will support 80 players. Game Informer has played the Black Ops 4 battle royale beta and states that it currently boasts an 80-player max.

The outlet also notes that Treyarch has been testing the mode with up to 100 players during internal play sessions. But, while the studio has been experimenting with a larger player count, it still intends to launch the mode with an 80-player max. 

“What’s really more important to us than a number is that the gameplay experience is as refined as it can be, that’s it the ideal perfect format for what players are going to play,” said Treyarch’s Dan Bunting. “So we’re starting with 80 players, but we’ve gone higher than that. Whenever we launch a game as a beta or whatever, that’s the beginning of something. We’re going to actively be participating in the community and taking feedback, making changes and adapting, evolving the game as feedback rolls in. So there’s a lot that can go on that can happen beyond that first impact of the game going out there.”

You can watch some of the battle royale action in the trailer below:

Treyarch emphasized at a reveal event last spring that Blackout is unlike any other battle royale mode out there and certainly unlike anything that the series has done to this point. 

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Blackout will allow players to access years of Call of Duty/Black Ops history. Based on the information revealed thus far, that means that players will be able to enter the game’s battle royale mode and use character skins from existing games in the series, weapons from previous Black Ops titles (including those featured in old zombie modes), and other items that touch upon the franchise’s rich history. Treyarch also confirmed that the mode will contain air, sea, and land vehicles. The mode will utilize zombies to some degree to enhance the chaos of the whole experience. 

What we don’t know is how this mode will all come together to form something that is going to drag CoD fans away from the game’s more traditional multiplayer experience. With any luck, we’ll know the answer to that question when the beta launches on Sept. 10. 

Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014