As announced by Activision and Treyarch earlier this week, the Free Trial for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout Battle Royale mode is live now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via each platform’s respective stores.
The Free Trial for Blackout is available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC from January 17 through January 24 at 10AM PT allowing anyone on those platforms to try Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode. Players can download Blackout to try for free during the trial duration and check out Call of Duty’s first ever Battle Royale mode. The trial is available to download from the PSN Store, Xbox One Store, or Battle.net.
“The community response to Blackout has been incredible, and we love watching how players have really made the mode their own, evolving game play to a new level,” said Dan Bunting, Co-Studio Head, Treyarch. “We can’t wait to welcome new players to experience the unique Black Ops style of battle royale in Blackout.”
“It’s amazing to see the amount of creativity and fun that our players have from the moment they start playing,” said Mark Gordon, Co-Studio Head, Treyarch. “Particularly as game developers, we’ve always been fascinated watching clips and streams of how fans play, and we can’t wait to see even more people jump into the action.”
The Blackout Free Trial includes:
- ·Access only to the Blackout battle royale mode
- All progression saved and transferred for those who upgrade to the full version of Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4
- Matchmaking with all Blackout players
- All the latest Blackout map updates, including the Hijacked drop zone
An Activision Support article has provided additional details on how the Blackout Free Trial will work. Players that are playing the free trial will be able to team up with players who not only are also playing the trial but also team up with anyone who owns Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
After downloading and installing the Blackout free trial from your platform’s store, you’ll be able to immediately play Blackout as Solo, Duos, or Quads. (Please note: In certain regions, only one game mode will be available at a time.) Since you’ll be playing with the greater Call of Duty community, you’ll not only be able to party up with friends playing the Blackout free trial, you’ll also be able to party up with friends who already own Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
Free Trial players will not be available to access any personalization gear during the trial period, nor purchase Call of Duty Points. Activision says that players will have to purchase the full game to get access to the Paint Shop, or the Emblem Editor. In terms of player progression, free trial players can earn new Echelon levels (there’s no limit beyond the game’s 80 level limit) and rank up in Tiers in the Black Market, but the content from the Black Market cannot be accessed. Activision has confirmed that if you do decide to purchase the full game after the trial, all of your unlocks will be available to use then.
Blackout free trial players will earn Echelon Progression and unlock Tiers and loot through the Black Market, which will be banked but inaccessible within the free trial. However, if you upgrade to the full version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (all platforms) or the Battle Edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (PC only), you’ll immediately gain access to all the progression, loot, and rewards you’ve earned.
All players need to have a Call of Duty account in order to access the free trial. Players will be prompted to create one or sign in once you load up the free trial. For PlayStation 4 players, PlayStation Plus is not required to play the Blackout Free Trial. Xbox One players need Xbox Live Gold in order to play, and PC players need an active Battle.net account.
This is the first free trial for the mode since the game’s launch on October 12. There is no free trial announced for MP or Zombies at this time.
Here’s a trailer for the trial, which was released earlier this week.
Activision has not announced any plans for Blackout to be free permanently, but we’ll update if there’s any news on that front.
Video shows off drastic evolution of Call of Duty Zombies from World at War to Cold War
This one is for the dedicated Zombies fans who have been around since Nacht der Untoten, as this video celebrates the evolution of Call of Duty Zombies.
For those Zombies fans who have been there from the start, here’s a great way to reminisce and relive the Call of Duty Zombies experience we all hold so dearly.
Call of Duty Zombies is still around in today’s Call of Duty, surviving ever since the 2008 classic World at War that started that fan-favorite game mode.
Although a lot has changed since then, players still love the mode, and what better way to bring back good old memories than this video showing the evolution of Zombies.
The video is by Evolution List on YouTube, a channel dedicated to showing the evolution of various games that have stood the test of time.
In the video, fans are given a walkthrough of Zombies from 2008 all the way to 2021, with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War being the latest entry in the high-profile Call of Duty franchise to feature a Zombies game mode that recently saw its newest map, Mauer der Toten, added in the Season 4 Reloaded update.
Although the video is fairly short, spanning only 5 minutes, viewers are given one classic Zombies map from each Call of Duty game that possessed Zombies.
Evolution of Zombies video
Although the mode was mostly in Treyarch-developed Call of Duty games, there have been many variations of the mode, with the video also including WWII’s Zombies, Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies, CoD Mobile’s Zombies, and Infinite Warfare’s Zombies.
Some of the classic maps showcased include:
- World at War’s Nacht der Untoten
- Black Ops’ Five
- Black Ops 3’s Shadows of Evil
- Black Ops 4’s IX
Of course, there are many other maps shown in the video, but we don’t want to spoil it all!
If you’re a fan of Zombies, this is a great watch so make sure to check out the video below.
Image Credits: Treyarch / Activision / Evolution List
Call of Duty players want a Battlefield Portal inspired mode in the future
After FPS fans were blown away by Battlefield Portal’s reveal, Call of Duty fans want to see a similar mode in the future.
Battlefield 2042’s REDACTED mode was finally announced at EA Play: Battlefield Portal. This is a hub for content from previous Battlefield games, and Call of Duty players want to see a similar mode in the future.
Like Battlefield, Call of Duty has depicted various theatres of war over the years, both real and fictional. Although Battlefield 2042 is set in the near future, as a throwback for long-time fans of the franchise, they’ve included Battlefield Portal.
This brings weapons, maps, vehicles, and more from Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3 into one, ultimate sandbox experience. Impressed with the new mode, Call of Duty fans have been asking for a similar experience.
Call of Duty fans have been desperate for remasters of their favorite games from the franchise, with Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer being the most prominent. Black Ops Cold War is chock-full of maps from Black Ops 2, but players still want to see more content from the games they grew up with.
Battlefield 2042 found the solution to this with their new Portal mode. With access to a ton of content from previous Battlefield games, players can create almost any custom game mode they can dream up.
“And that’s how you incorporate remastered content into your game,” said renowned industry insider Tom Henderson after seeing the reveal. He followed this by theorizing that Call of Duty will create something similar in the “next 5 years.”
His theory was met with resounding excitement, with many Call of Duty players wanting to see their favorite multiplayer and Zombies experiences return in the same way.
Battlefield Portal “truly could be the next BIG THING for creators,” said popular YouTuber Chaosxsilencer. “Imagine a Call of Duty Portal with BO2, BO3, WaW, MW2, MW3 assets all usable and customizable.”
“The custom game options available with #BATTLEFIELD2042 and the Battlefield Portal are amazing. So many options and ways to be creative and have fun,” said Call of Duty news account ModernWarzone. “@RavenSoftware we need things like this in Warzone, especially with Battlefield announcing this today.”
With how extensive of a backlog Call of Duty has, it’s very likely that Activision will take inspiration from Battlefield’s exciting new mode – and the demand for it is certainly there.
If you can’t wait to play Battlefield 2042, you can check out how to get access to the Open Beta in September.
Image Credit: Activision / EA
Zombies World Record beaten after nearly 300 hours of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
It took one Twitch streamer nearly 300 hours of gameplay to beat the World Record for Black Ops 3’s Nacht Der Untoten Zombies.
One player has done the unthinkable and beaten the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Nacht Der Untoten Zombies World Record by reaching round 255.
Zombies has a storied history dating all the way back to 2008 when Call of Duty: World at War came bundled with a bonus mini-game called ‘Nacht der Untoten.’ The legendary Nazi Zombies mode would go on to reach ridiculous levels of popularity to the point that Treyarch had to make extra Zombies maps.
Since then, virtually every single CoD title has included new versions and variations of the Zombies formula. Black Ops Cold War is currently enjoying the launch of Mauer Der Toten, the freshest Zombies experience.
However, one Twitch streamer has overlooked modern Zombies in favor of a previous game – Black Ops 3. After 20 days of playing the same game of Nacht Der Untoten on and off, a new World Record was set.
The feat was accomplished by CoD Zombies Twitch streamer TomPhantasy as he smashed the previous record by a staggering 40 rounds to reach Round 255.
Beginning his run on July 2, he spent the next 20 days clocking up nearly 300 hours of game time to obliterate the previous Nacht Der Untoten record.
Remarkably, he was only downed twice, and they both came once he’d surpassed the record figure anyway.
The final seconds of the footage are of the streamer clearing up the last few dregs of Zombies until the round icon in the bottom-left changes to 255.
This absolutely smashes the previous record of 216 rounds set by user Chihiro-516, and may never be beaten.
Dexerto was even able to secure an exclusive word with the streamer to get more reaction to his feat: “The Zombies community has been supporting me for months when I have been attempting this record through the highs and lows,” he said.
He continued: “I knew I had to keep going, because after 24.8 days the game freezes, This meant I had to play 13+ hours per day for those 25 days.”
Massive congratulations need to go to the player who was able to gut his way through an arduous three weeks of Zombies. With Mauer Der Toten very much the new Zombies craze, we wonder if he will one day attempt to set the record for it.
Also, for some more incredible accomplishments, check out the Cold War player who reached 10th Prestige without killing a single player.
Image Credit: Activision / TomPhantasy
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