Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be the first game in the series to introduce a battle royale mode, and now we're getting a better look at some gameplay on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. In the new trailer below, you can see some of the wild-looking combat as the camera pans the Blackout map, including vehicle, boat, and helicopter combat along with plenty of explosions. Zombies make an appearance as the gameplay area shrinks; these are separate from those in the expanded Zombies mode that Black Ops 4 includes.
"A true celebration of the series, Blackout features fan-favorite characters, weapons, and iconic parts of classic maps, all in the largest map in franchise history complete with land, sea, and air vehicles," Activision and Treyarch said when announcing the trailer. Players will get their chance to try Blackout themselves very soon, too; a private beta for the battle royale mode will begin on September 14 on Xbox One and PC (PS4 players get in early, on September 10). To get access, PS4 and Xbox One players will have to pre-order the game, but PC players can give Blackout a try even without buying the game.
We've been getting new information about Blackout, including its total player count. Treyarch recently told Game Informer that the beta will cap at 80 players per match. That's less than Fortnite and PUBG's total player counts, but the developer defended the choice, saying it is putting quality of gameplay ahead of quantity of players. The game's design director, David Vonderhaar, also said Blackout won't necessarily always run at 60 FPS (but it won't be locked at a lower frame rate, either). Check out the Blackout map, below.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 releases on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 12. The game also includes a handful of other new and returning modes: including multiplayer and an expanded Zombies experience. It will also feature a new addition to the game, signature weapons, which are cosmetic-only variants of guns that you unlock by completing challenges. Black Ops 4 won't feature a traditional single-player campaign, though; rather players will go on solo missions that each focus on a different Specialist character.