If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout gets respawn mode for the first time

Soldier on.

This week's shaping up to be a great one for those hoping to try Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Today marks the start of Blackout's first 7-day free trial - and along with this, the advent of the battle royale mode's first limited time mode with respawning. This should certainly help if you're new.

The aptly-named Down But Not Out mode, which is currently a squads-only LTM, allows players to respawn their fallen comrades after each "new collapse" (that's when the circle moves to a new area). The catch is at least one squad member needs to stay alive for this to happen. Time to start practising those bush-hiding skills.

Down But Not Out is already live on the PlayStation 4 version of the game, with PC and Xbox One set to follow shortly. You'll have until 30th January to try this one, so make those days count.

The idea of limited time modes with respawning - separate to the main version of a battle royale game - is hardly new. Fortnite, for instance, regularly features a respawn LTM called Team Rumble, which gives players infinite respawns and allows them to focus on kills rather than survival. It's a popular mode and a great way to practise, as players don't have to waste time queuing in lobbies after every death. Which happens a lot in battle royales, funnily enough.

In theory, Blackout's Down But Not Out playlist should similarly inspire aggressive play, create hectic final circles, and provide a more forgiving mode for new players. Bravo.

Will you support Eurogamer?

We want to make Eurogamer better, and that means better for our readers - not for algorithms. You can help! Become a supporter of Eurogamer and you can view the site completely ad-free, as well as gaining exclusive access to articles, podcasts and conversations that will bring you closer to the team, the stories, and the games we all love. Subscriptions start at £3.99 / $4.99 per month.

About the Author

Emma Kent avatar

Emma Kent


A former Eurogamer intern and reporter, Emma loves delving into communities and modding scenes in search of the weird and wonderful. Oh, and be prepared for puns. Lots of horrible puns.


More News

Latest Articles

Supporters Only

Eurogamer.net logo

Buy things with globes on them

And other lovely Eurogamer merch in our official store!

Eurogamer.net Merch