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.
Lawyer gets in trouble with judge for not playing Call of Duty
In a lawsuit involving Activision’s Infinite Warfare title, a lawyer earned the disapproval of a jude for not playing enough Call of Duty.
After failing to conduct proper research for an active lawsuit, a judge has irritatingly deemed that a lawyer has not played enough Call of Duty.
It’s safe to say most people assume that playing video games would have very little impact on proceedings in a courtroom. However, this specific lawsuit involving Activision and game developers Brooks Entertainment proves that with a little more Call of Duty experience embarrassment could have been avoided.
Of course, embarrassment is not the only thing that could have been avoided as there’s no doubt Brooks Entertainment spent a lot of time and money when they decided to sue Activision in 2021.
According to legal intelligence news site JD Supra, The lawsuit involved a Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare character who primarily appeared in the game’s campaign by the name of Sean Brooks. Brooks Entertainment alleged the likeness between Sean Brooks and their character Shon Brooks went beyond just similarly sounding names.
They claimed that “Shon Brooks and Sean Brooks both had unlimited resources and missiles; they bring thieves to justice; they traveled to Mars, and both games had scripted game battle scenes take place in a high fashion couture shopping center mall.”
Demonstrating a clear understanding of their source material, it didn’t take long for Activision to point out that several of the claims made in regards to the characters’ likeness were factually misrepresented.
After an Activision lawyer played through Infinite Warfare’s campaign they declared: “it was immediately apparent to me that many (if not virtually all) of the factual allegations in the Complaint were not accurate.”
For starters, they pointed out that Sean Brooks is not the main character of Infinite Warfare as Brooks Entertainment alleged, and neither do they share any physical similarities. Furthermore, Sean Brooks does not take part in a scripted battle scene inside of a shopping mall as the plaintiffs suggested.
On July 12, 2022, the judge eventually agreed with Activision’s statement and dismissed the lawsuit. To make matters worse the judge also, “ordered the plaintiff’s counsel to reimburse Activision for the reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs that it incurred in the litigation.”
In a humiliating turn of events, the judge claimed that the “Plaintiff’s counsel could have easily verified these facts prior to filing the factually baseless Complaint, just as the Court easily verified them within the first hour and a half of playing the game.”
Not only can CoD fans appreciate that high-quality zinger from the court, but the lawsuit proved that not playing enough Call of Duty could be something you come to regret!
For more, check out everything you need to know about Modern Warfare 2’s campaign mode.
Image Credit: Activision
Call of Duty fans vote for their favorite Modern Warfare Campaign
The Modern Warfare CoD series has some memorable Campaigns, but which game does the community think offers the best experience?
Call of Duty fans are voting for their favorite Modern Warfare campaign of all time, and it’s no surprise to see which titles are coming out on top.
With Modern Warfare 2 on the way, Call of Duty fans are feeling nostalgic. The community loves discussing and debating previous CoD titles, especially those who have been playing the games since the start.
Even younger fans who have fallen in love with modern CoD titles like Warzone, Modern Warfare (2019), and Black Ops Cold War may have gone back to the previous installments to see what the hype is about.
Regardless, most Call of Duty fans have their opinions about which game had the best Multiplayer, but what about the best Modern Warfare Campaign?
With four titles to choose from, our Twitter page asked fans to vote in a poll for their favorite campaign.
As of July 29, Modern Warfare 2 is in the lead with 49.3% of the votes, with Modern Warfare (2019) and Call of Duty 4 coming in second and third respectively.
It’s no surprise to see the original MW2 winning the votes, as it has some of the most memorable Campaign moments in CoD history, such as the No Russian mission and the devastating death of Ghost.
Perhaps Modern Warfare 2 (2022) will take over its predecessor and become a fan favorite, as players may even get to play the Campaign earlier than expected.
Image Credits: Activision
CoD devs reportedly working on “open world RPG” with Infinity Ward job listing
A job listing from Infinity Ward Poland hints at the Call of Duty developers working on a new open-world RPG.
A new job listing from the Call of Duty developers suggests that Infinity Ward’s Poland office is working on a brand-new open-world role-playing game (RPG).
Open-world video games are extremely popular because of the opportunities they provide to players for exploration of large and detailed maps, with titles like Grand Theft Auto 5 being extremely successful.
Now, a new job listing from Infinity Ward Poland appeared for a short while, suggesting that the Call of Duty developers are currently developing a brand-new role-playing game (RPG) with an open-world structure.
In a now-deleted job listing on the Infinity Ward careers page, Activision were looking for someone with experience making “non-linear narratives in open-world games” to work on a “narrative and cinematic experience in an open-world RPG.”
While the developers didn’t reveal what his project is about, the Narrative Director position in the post placed an emphasis on “story, characters, lore, and world-building” for the game that’s in development.
At the time of writing, it’s unconfirmed what exactly this “unannounced AAA project” is called, and one possibility is that it might be a new Call of Duty title as Infinity Ward have never released a game outside of that series.
It’s also possible that this open-world RPG might be an entirely new IP that has no connection to the Call of Duty franchise. We will probably learn more details as the game’s development progresses.
As exciting as this sounds, it’s worth keeping in mind that this is all just speculation based on the now-deleted job listing, and we’ll need to manage our expectations until Infinity Ward officially announce the game.
Image credits: Activision
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