In a special streamed event to debut Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, developer Treyarch confirmed that the game will feature a Battle Royale mode entitled Blackout.

It’s not too surprising that a decision was made to include a Battle Royale game mode, considering the enormous success of PUBG and Fortnite, and exact details of what a Call of Duty Battle Royale mode will look like are still a little hazy. Treyarch did reveal on-stage and in their press release though that Blackout will feature ground, air and sea vehicles, as well as several characters from across the Black Ops series. They also boasted of building “the largest map ever built in Call of Duty – 1,500 times bigger than Nuketown”.

Fans will be eager to see more of this and with the game launching on October 12th, it’s more than likely we will be getting a further glimpse over the coming months (potentially at E3).

Alongside the announcement of Blackout, Treyarch also revealed that Call of Duty Black Ops 4 won’t feature a traditional single-player campaign, instead opting for a series of “specialist missions”. These will give solo players an opportunity to learn more about each of the game’s multiplayer specialists, their individual mechanics and a bit of their backstory.

In multiplayer Treyarch hammered home to fans that they’ve heard the criticisms and that this will be a 100% “boots on the ground” game, with wall-running a boost jumping being canned. They also noted that players will always have their “guns up” with the ability to fire, even when throwing grenades or calling in UAV’s etc…

Another key change was the health system, the day’s of automatic health regen are gone and instead players control when and where they will regenerate health with a dedicated heal button.

The fan favourite Zombies mode is returning and will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary by “debuting an entirely new and unprecedented Zombies experience”. The game will launch with three Zombies experiences – IX, Voyage of Despair and Blood of the Dead – as well as a new set of characers and new enemies. This has been touted as “the most customisable” zombies to date, with new systems for creating and completing community challenges. Solo players are also being looked after with the addition of bots to Zombies, as well as the reintroduction of difficulty levels and a new mode called Zombie Rush that will   “streamline the gameplay experience” for new players and introduce “enticing new challenges to grizzled veterans”.

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 launches on PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 12th.

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