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.
COD 2020 Teasers: Black Ops 4 Summit map, Treyarch social profile
As we opened our new crates that Activision sent through, Black Ops 4’s Summit map got an update.
The screens in the center of the map in Black Ops 4 turned on which seem to match to what some of our slides show:
There’s also a look at clocks of 4 out of the 5 locations that some of us got as part of the slides to see:
These changes do appear to be new, especially the screens with the targets on them. Analyzing older images of the maps showcase that the screens were not showing the same thing.
In addition, Treyarch has updated their cover photo on social channels.
It’s getting cold out there…
Gameplay from Black Ops 4’s canceled campaign mode revealed
A user on Reddit, r/BlackOps4, has shared what appears to be the very first footage of gameplay from the canceled campaign mode of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which released in October 2018, was the first Call of Duty game to not have a traditional campaign mode, instead opting to have three online-based modes.
Treyarch insisted throughout the year that they really didn’t have plans for a campaign and were focusing on an online connected experience for Black Ops 4, but many reports and sources described the campaign as being too ambitious and canceled because of issues with development.
On Reddit, a user has shared about two minutes of alpha footage of the gameplay of Black Ops 4’s campaign. The campaign, in alpha-state footage (meaning its not complete), had a very similar HUD to the MP experience of Black Ops 4. The user claims that the campaign and MP were supposed to be connected, and that’s why the HUD is so similar.
The gameplay starts by showing a message of “FIND THE AQUILUS CEO.”
Here’s the gameplay footage:
The user who posted this has not said where they got this gameplay footage as of now. He said he only has this footage, alongside an augmented footage of the engine of BO4, which he is not releasing at this time.
Double XP live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 through February 6
To celebrate the big game this weekend, Treyarch is activating Double XP Quad Feed in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 this weekend – starting now.
Live in game now is:
- 2XP in MP
- 2XP in Zombies
- 2XP Party Game Moshpit
All of this is live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This is live through February 6 at 10AM PT.
For those still enjoying Black Ops 4, enjoy a new XP weekend!
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