Activision has announced that Blackout, Call of Duty Black Ops 4's so far only briefly seen battle royale mode, will begin its private beta testing schedule on September 10th.
The caveat here is that the Blackout beta start date only applies to PlayStation 4 users at present; it looks like interested parties on Xbox One and PC will once again be forced to sit it out until Sony's exclusivity window expires.
News of the Blackout beta, if you're wondering, comes via a brief video on the official Call of Duty Twitter feed (see below), which also teases solo, duos, and quad modes for Black Ops 4's battle royale experience - so nothing particularly revelatory there.
The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 private beta is back for another weekend - and players have found developer Treyarch has made some big changes to the game already.
Developer Treyarch has unveiled Heist, a brand-new mode for Call of Duty Black Ops 4, which will be making its debut as part of the game's latest beta on Xbox One, PC, and PS4.
As it happens, there's very little time to wait until Black Ops 4's latest beta gets underway. This, the second beta weekend for PS4 players, and the first on Xbox One and PC, kicks off today, August 10th, at 6pm BST/10am PT on all platforms. It comes to an end on August 13th at 6pm BST/10am PT. On consoles, you'll need a pre-order to play.
Do note, however, that things are operating a bit differently on PC; those that have pre-ordered the game get a 24-hour head start and can play from today, while absolutely anyone can participate from tomorrow, August 11th at 6pm BST/10am PT, as part of the battle.net open beta. More details on how to get involved can be found on Activision's blog.
The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta kicked off last night on PlayStation 4, and I spent a few hours getting to grips with its fast and frantic close quarters first-person shooter action.
Call of Duty fans have picked apart the recent Black Ops 4 beta trailer and found what looks like confirmation of a two-week old battle royale leak.
The beta trailer offers a whopping 13 seconds of footage from Blackout, Call of Duty's upcoming battle royale mode. The footage is spliced with short transition clips that are hard to spot unless you slow the video down, which is exactly what fans have done.
There are a handful of transitions in the Blackout footage. The first shows the tower first seen during the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 reveal event in May.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Battle Royale mode, Blackout, was introduced to the world back in May. Now, two month's later, Activision has offered the first proper footage (albeit a fleeting, 13 second sample) of Blackout in action.
Activision has detailed its upcoming Xbox One, PC, and PS4 betas for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, starting with a multiplayer mode beta next month, then a beta for the series' new Battle-Royale-style Blackout mode in September.
First on the calendar is a PlayStation 4 exclusive three-day beta event for Black Ops 4's multiplayer component, which begins on August 3rd at 6pm BST/10am PDT, and ends on August 6th at 6pm BST/10am PDT.
This and all other multiplayer sessions will feature six maps (two of which will make their first public appearance, according to developer Treyarch), and these are playable in Team Deathmatch, Domination, Hardpoint, Search & Destroy, and Control modes. Specialists Nomad and Prophet will be playable, alongside new, but still-secret specialists.
Call of Duty Black Ops 4 doesn't have a single-player campaign - but it does have an egregious season pass.
Black Ops 3 is now available as a surprise giveaway for PlayStation Plus subscribers.
When Treyarch announced Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's upcoming battle royale mode, it refused to say exactly how big the map would be, nor how many players would take part in a match.
As expected, Call of Duty Black Ops 4 does indeed have a Battle Royale mode.
Get your boots on the ground for 6pm UK time tonight, when Activision will rollll out the red carpet for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 - or, to use its title in official marketing, Black Ops IIII.
Call of Duty looks like it's ditched single-player - but rival shooter Battlefield is sticking with it.
Overnight, Polygon reported Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 does not have a single-player campaign. Eurogamer sources have corroborated this story.
Activision has announced Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, confirming a Eurogamer report published in February.
Interestingly, the Treyarch-developed Black Ops 4 comes out on 12th October, which is ahead of Call of Duty's normal November release slot and ahead of Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2, which comes out on 26th October.
There's no detail so far on the game, save it's due out on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and a community event is planned for 17th May. It looks like the PC version will be available on Blizzard's Battle.net. The logo, though, is confirmed and yes, it really does look like that.