Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 had its full reveal event today and now players know that Battle Royale is coming to Call of Duty. The new mode is called Blackout, and that's one of the few concrete details we have, as the Blackout trailer was completely cinematic. Treyarch believes that Blackout can differentiate itself from Fortnite Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds by relying on the series' history.
"Here are the facts: the biggest Call of Duty map ever with the most players we've ever had in Call of Duty history playing together. For us, it's about crafting the experience. The numbers aren't even important to us. We're not talking about specific numbers," says Black Ops 4 producer Miles Leslie. It's worth noting that older Call of Duty titles had a maximum of 64 players for online servers.
"We're in a unique position where we can draw on our history across all of Black Ops. You loved Reznov, now you can play as him. You love the Zombies characters, you can play as them. All the vehicles and weapons from past games," adds Leslie.
"Sprinkling in landmarks for different games, so you can say, 'Let's go to the Nuketown sign or Nuketown house.' Not saying we're putting empty maps in Blackout, because it's designed for the experience, but you'll be able to pick up on those landmarks in some really cool ways. This really ties into a different experience for a battle royale game."
Will a giant map filled with characters and landmarks inspired by fan-favorite Black Ops titles be enough to draw players into Blackout? We'll see when Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 12, 2018.