Call of Duty Black Ops 4's Battle Royale Benefiting From Sheer Curiosity as Blackout Beta Gets Underway

Call of Duty Black Ops 4's Battle Royale Benefiting From Sheer Curiosity as Blackout Beta Gets Underway

Can't say people aren't interested.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's new battle royale mode, Blackout, is out right now and quickly shot to the top of the Twitch charts. It currently sits at almost 360,000 viewers. Three times Fortnite's current viewers and nearly eight times the views for PUBG.

As this is the first time Blackout is available to the public, there's no telling if these initial numbers are indicative of Blackout's future popularity or just viewers tuning in to see what the hubbub is all about. But considering the positive reaction to the mode from streamers and initial interest in the mode it's safe to say that Call of Duty's foray into the battle royale genre is off to a good start.

Twitch views for Blackout skyrocket.

Blackout is Call of Duty's first battle royale mode developed in conjunction with Raven Software which often assists on Call of Duty games for Activision's developers. The map, the largest in Call of Duty multiplayer history, combines elements of past multiplayer maps like Nuketown with new elements. There're even some zombies for good measure.

We've played a couple rounds of Blackout at the launch of the beta, and we'll have a full preview later today.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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