PS4 owners will be the first to have a chance to try Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout mode thanks to an exclusive private beta session, but PC and Xbox One players won't have to wait too long for their opportunity. Activision has announced it will hold a beta session for the two other platforms later that same week.
The second Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout beta will kick off on Xbox One on September 14, a few days after the PS4-exclusive session is scheduled to begin. As with the Black Ops 4 private multiplayer beta held earlier this month, the Blackout beta will only be open to those who've pre-ordered a copy of the game.
PC players who've also pre-ordered any edition of Black Ops 4 will likewise be able to jump into the private Blackout beta on September 14, beginning at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. The test will then open up to everyone else who has a Battle.net account 24 hours later, regardless of whether or not they've reserved the title.
Activision hasn't shared many details as to what players could expect from the Blackout beta, but the publisher confirmed there will be three different options to play it: solos, duos, and four-player groups called quads. Activision also provided a very a brief glimpse at Blackout in Black Ops 4's latest trailer, which to date remains the only footage it has shown off of the mode.
Blackout is Call of Duty's rendition of the increasingly popular battle royale genre. Developer Treyarch first announced the mode at E3 this past June. According to the studio, Blackout features the largest map it has ever created and draws heavily from previous Black Ops games. Players will also be able to commandeer ground, air, and sea vehicles in the mode, although it remains unclear exactly how many players Blackout will support.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 12. Beyond Blackout, the game will launch with several new and be returning multiplayer modes, as well as an expanded Zombies experience. However, this year's instalment won't feature a traditional single-player campaign, but rather a series of solo missions that focus on each of the game's Specialist characters.