The action will take place on the biggest map that developer Treyarch has ever made, roughly 1,500 times larger than Nuketown, among the biggest Call of Duty maps of all time, according to the company. From the video shown during today’s presentation, Blackout’s map appears to include features of other well-known maps and locations from the larger Call of Duty universe.
This represents the Call of Duty franchise’s first attempt at an open-world, last man standing-style survival game mode with the same level of gameplay refinement that the franchise is known for. Blackout enters a crowded market, one currently dominated by Epic Games’ Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
Treyarch says the game will feature class-based character customization that’s set between the events of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Black Ops 3, so expect many near-future weapon systems and platforms to come into play. Tying the mode in with the larger theme of Black Ops 4, Blackout will also feature characters from Zombies lore — particularly those from the game’s new Zombies mode. Expect to also see appearances from Jason Hudson, Alex Mason, Viktor Reznov and Raul Menendez.
One key difference between Blackout and other battle royale-style games is the number and types of vehicles present on the map. As described during today’s live reveal event, players will be able to use vehicles on land, sea and in the air. They’ll even have access to helicopters LIKE THE Mi-24 HIND IF YOU SEE IT
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is scheduled for release on Oct. 12, 2018, on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.