Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be the first game in the series without a single-player campaign. Instead, Black Ops 4 will feature a Battle Royale mode called Blackout. The Blackout map will be made up of numerous maps from Black Ops past, like the infamous Nuketown, and will feature vehicles, including cars, boats, and helicopters.
The Blackout beta starts September 10 for PS4 pre-orders. The Xbox One and PC beta will begin September 14, before opening up the next day.
Game Informer spoke with co-studio head Dan Bunting and Studio Design Director David Vonderhaar over a Treyarch. Bunting explained that 80 players will be a starting point for the Black Ops 4 Battle Royale mode but they have been experimenting with more.
“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,” he said. “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.”
During the same visit, Treyarch talked with Game Informer about how the Battle Royale mode will feature zombies in some capacity. Zombies have always been a huge part of the Black Ops series so it's interesting to see it incorporated into this mode, especially since Black Ops 4 will still have its own Zombies mode. Expect to hear more about this soon.
Treyarch hasn't said a great deal about their Blackout mode until now. In an interview with Game Informer, they talked about a wide variety of things, from the potential inclusion of non-Black Ops characters to the ability to trade between players. They said here that they have tested 115 players on the map at one time. The number of players may change depending on feedback from the beta, but Treyarch has said they are testing a number of possibilities.
They also said that loot will not have rarity and that there will not be a third-person mode. When asked about frame rate, they said that the mode will not be locked at 30 fps and that it will target 60. They said that frame rate is a big consideration when thinking about player count.
Treyarch also recently revealed the Blackout map. Fans of the series will recognize several names from previous Black Ops games, including Turbine, Firing Range, and Nuketown Island. See below.
Since this went live Activision has released the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout Battle Royale trailer which you can now see below