It’s been a busy with a lot of news on Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s new Battle Royale mode, Blackout. GameInformer broke many stories in their new feature on Black Ops 4 as part of their newest issue of the GameInformer magazine, providing new details, images, and more of Blackout.
With so much news, we have dedicated a section that showcases all of the posts we have on the Blackout news from this week. But we also wanted to consolidate a single place for all of the new information.
With that, here’s everything we know about Blackout:
- Blackout Beta Player Count: 80 players. Treyarch has tested over 100 players but want to focus on quality versus number. Player count can changed based on feedback.
- There are five vehicles total, four confirmed:
- Cargo Truck (holds one driver, four passengers)
- ATV (one driver, one passenger)
- Zodiac Inflatable Boat (one pilot, one passenger)
- Little Bird Helicopter (one pilot, four passengers)
- The Cargo Truck can hold extra inventory, so if you run out of space in your backpack, the truck can be used to take more items with you.
- Helicopters will spawn at designated helipads on the map and on flat terrain areas. One pilot and passengers are free to look out and shoot down enemies.
- Players enter the map via a helicopter.
- All players have a wingsuit equipped and can use the wingusit at any point during the game. Wingsuits can also be used to jump out of helicopters and get to the ground safely
- Fall Damage is active
- Friendly Fire is on
- RPGs are available on the map and can be used to take out vehicles
- Max Health in Blackout is 150. There are numerous ways to heal, including basic bandages, trauma kits, and king-sized med-kits. Basic Bandages are unique in Blackout compared to other BR games because they can take you back to full health.
- Perks/Consumables are available in Blackout. These can be used for a limited time:
- Paranoia: Gives an audio alert when you’re targeted by an enemy
- Skulker: Move faster while crouched and prone
- Stimulant: Increases max health by 100 points
- Outlander: Reduced damage from circle. Increased speed while taking damage from circle.
- Looter: Reveal nearby stashes and items
- Iron Lungs: Hold your breath longer while shooting sniper rifles or diving underwater
- Consumer: Reduces times it takes to use items, heal, or revive teammates by 20%.
- Players can carry 2 primary weapons.
- If you are not carrying a weapon, a melee knife is used
- Treyarch is targeting 60FPS for all platforms. There is no FPS lock
- There are 20 characters available in Blackout, with more to come post launch. Characters are unlocked via specific missions/objectives. The missions vary by each character. Characters include Black Ops campaign characters, MP specialists, Zombies casts, and new Blackout specific characters.
- Emotes are planned but not in beta
- Named-locations on the map:
- Estates: The rich neighborhood has a giant helipad where Little Bard can spawn. Good location if you want a shot at getting a chopper early.
- Construction Sites: The unfinished skyscraper has a ton of loot and lots of opportunities to base jump out of the high areas to safety if things get hot.
- Array: A few slices of elevation and play centered around the big relay dish make for a brutal warzone with lots of cover.
- Nuketown Island: Lots of gear underground in the bunkers and lively action potential above ground, spurred on by a sign that identifies how many players are active here.
- Firing Range: The hottest of the hot spots if you want instant action with plenty of players this is your go-to destination.
- Hydro Dam: Big base jumps and deadly falls make up the critical point at the end of the map’s length forking river.
- Asylum: You never know if you’re going to run into zombies as well as other players landing here, and while an early zombie supply stash is tempting, undead interference during your early loot-and-scoot can be dangerous.
- Cargo Docks: Lots of elevation changes, a ship to roam on, and a giant crane arm. Great place to pick up boat spawn.
- Factory: Lots of battles that go indoor/outdoor, with rooftop ambush action.
- Fracking Tower: Tower located in a depression, highly exposed to the hills surrounding it.
- Turbine: Bridge-to-bridge combat, large internal and exterior areas. Lots of desert and rocks to battle behind.
- Rivertown: Urban combat, building to building fighting, perfect for close range encounters. Only area on the map surrounded completely by water.
- Train Station: Long sight lines and train car-to-train car combat.
- Treyarch Testing split-screen for Blackout
- Not a simulation
- Blackout might take place in North California
- Treyarch is not ruling out adding characters from other Call of Duty games, but they’re current plans include Treyarch based characters
- Blackout will have limited time events events to use/unlock certain content
- There are a few types of Armor
- No plans for players to pick up clothes in matches
- Weapons do not have a rarity variation in Blackout, Vahn states in the interview that it makes the rest of the game confusing
- Players can trade items between players, presumably within squads.
- Dead players will drop their stashes, which you can loot. If you pick up a weapon that is quest related, you can take over the quest.
- Zombies spawn at at least four locations at specific zombies based locations. You have to look for the ray out light. At each zombies specific location, there are be 5-8 zombies as Treyarch does not want to over spam the map with Zombies.
- In regards to zombies, unlocking Zombies-related characters in Blackout requires fighting the zombies on the map and investigating their locations.
- It’s possible circle can close in on pack of zombies
- Circle will be randomly directed in games. They don’t want it closing outside of the map or in water places too often.
- Blackout indirectly affects other game modes
- Blackout features a “victory quote” when you win, but specifics not revealed
- Blackout is all first person only; there’s no third person. “We develop first person shooters and put them on the internet.”
- The point of the beta is to ensure game tuning, item tuning, progression are all on track to the numbers Treyarch
- No information on Blackout going standalone, Vahn says he “makes the shoe” and not the business decisions’
- GameInformer asks if you can camp in a tub, Vahn says that won’t work and you won’t win like that.
- Players can find Ruin’s Grappling Hook and use this. Any character can use the hook, you don’t have to be Ruin to use it. Many specialist abilities are available on the map to find and use
- Horns on vehicles can be honked
- There’s no other weather than the day setting.
- There is a melee weapon in Blackout that has to do with Zombies
- Asked about Zombies lore, Vahn says “nova gas symbology, circle outside”
- Raven Software are working with Treyarch on Black Ops 4
- No voiced lines/dialogue between characters in BO4 in Blackout
- At least one Mason in Blackout
- There is no cross platform play
- The circle may be made of Nova Gas, Vahn says being caught outside is “bad news”
- Getting stuck outside causes player to hallucinate
- The circle can cause vehicles to malfunction. For example, helicopters may start to not function properly and crash.
- Blackout by the Numbers:
- 3 tiers of health and armor
- 8 primary ammunition types
- 12 equipment items
- 17 consumable perks
- 17 weapons attachments
- 24 different weapons
- 125 items total
- Treyarch says that the Blackout map, throughout development period, has been re-booted 3 times.
- There will be more weapons, vehicles, items, map updates, and more on the way beyond launch.
- There are Special Chests that will spawn in at set locations on the map, but the chests may not spawn in every match. These chests contain “gold guns” that have pre-equipped attachments.
- When you pick up attachments, they will auto equip onto your primary weapons. Players can go to the menus and adjust as they like.
- There is a consumable reconnaissance robot in Blackout. You can prop up and search around the area to see where enemies are using the robot, but it leaves you exposed to being killed while you control the robot.
- There is basketball courts on the map. You can play basketball, but picking up the basketball takes up a primary weapon slot. There are other “just for fun” stuff on the map too.
- You can spectate other players once you are eliminated.
- Sensor Dart is available in Blackout and can share enemy location on radar. The dart can be stuck to a car/chopper to give info as you move across the map.
- You can open/close elements like garages, doors, etc.
- Bullet Drop is in Blackout and takes a bit to get used to compared to other Call of Duty modes
- The skyscraper in Blackout was originally “much, much taller” in the map, but Treyarch reduced its height because it would cause players to get dizzy running up/down.
And finally, here’s the Blackout map.
The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout Private Beta begins on PlayStation 4 on September 10 at 10AM PT. Xbox One and PC players can join in on the Private Beta starting September 14 at 10AM PT, with a PC-only Open Beta going live September 15 at 10AM PT. The Blackout Beta ends on all platforms on September 17.
Information in the list in this post is collected from the GameInformer Cover Story.
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
How much are COD Points? How to buy, price, how to spend & more
COD Points are the currency of Call of Duty. Here’s a guide on their price, how you can buy them, where to spend them, and what you can buy.
COD Points have become an integral part of Call of Duty games as they can buy some great cosmetics and other items to show off. So here’s a quick guide to tell you how much points cost, how you can buy them, where you can spend them, and what you can get.
The gaming landscape has changed over the years with the incorporation of microtransactions and live-gaming services. Many games offer extra content – with cosmetics being a big proponent of this. With Cold War and Warzone offering special Rambo and John McClane skins and bringing back legendary Operators like Soap and Captain Price, it becomes easy to see why players would want to spend COD Points.
Call of Duty offers a huge palette of extra goodies you can add to your game and requires COD Points to do so.
So with our detailed guide today, we’re going to run through the basics of COD Points to help you understand them, tell you what they do, and more.
What is the price of COD Points?
There are different amounts and bundles you can opt for when buying COD Points that are tailored to different needs.
Some players just need to top up their account with a few hundred points to get the latest bundle. Whereas some need a big restock with the intention of spending many points. The more points you want, the bigger the discounts grow.
Here are the different prices for the various COD Points bundles:
- 200 COD Points for $1.99 or £1.79
- 500 COD Points for $4.99 or £4.31
- 1,000 (+100 Bonus) COD Points for $9.99 or £8.49
- 2,000 (+400 Bonus) COD Points for $19.99 or £16.79
- 4,000 (+1,000 Bonus) COD Points for $39.99 or £34.99
- 7,000 (+2,500 Bonus) COD Points for $74.99 or £69.99
- 10,000 (+3,000 Bonus) COD Points for $99.99 or £84.99
How do I buy COD Points?
You can be very flexible with how you buy COD Points as there are a few different ways to do so. To make sure you’re buying them for the right platform, just double-check with our guide on transferring COD Points across platforms.
These are the various ways you can procure COD Points.
This method is only for PC players.
A quick visit to the Battle.net shop will take you to the aforementioned COD Points bundles, and you can take your pick.
This method is only for PlayStation players.
Head to the PlayStation Store either on your PS4, PS5, or on the Official website and you’ll find the same selection of COD Points bundles.
You will be able to purchase them using money or PSN credit.
Xbox Microsoft Store
This method is only for Xbox players.
Head to the Microsoft Store either on your Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, or on the Official website and you’ll find the same selection of COD Points bundles.
You will be able to purchase them using money or Xbox Gift cards.
Online or select physical retailers will have copious amounts of COD Points vouchers and gift cards for you to purchase. There will be no difference between official sales and retails sales as they will all sell the same bundles.
Where do I spend my COD Points?
Now that you have a nice bundle of COD Points, where do you actually go to spend them? Well, the answer is rather simple: head to the in-game store for the game you’re playing, browse, and buy.
What can I buy with COD Points?
Call of Duty’s currency is used to primarily buy two things: the Battle Pass for the current season and Bundles containing a variety of items.
A Battle Pass is a paid Tier system that allows regular players to earn dozens of extra rewards and cosmetics for essentially playing the game.
Black Ops Cold War and Warzone are currently in Season Two of their respective lifecycles at the moment. Both titles are currently running in tandem with each other and share the same Battle Pass.
It features 100 Tiers for players to smash their way through the course of Season 2, and if players are committed enough, they can actually earn enough COD Points, through leveling up the pass, to get the next one for free.
You can buy the Cold War & Warzone Season 4 Battle Pass via a couple of different methods:
- Purchase it from the Official Call of Duty website
- Buy it from the in-game store on your respective platform
The other main content you can buy is a wide range of Bundles and Operator Bundles. These special bundles vary in price, and each comes with its own unique items.
The collectibles you can expect to find are Calling Cards, Emblems, Operator Skins, Weapon Blueprints, Weapon Charms, and more.
Image credits: Activision / Treyarch / Raven Software
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