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Everything We Know About Black Ops 4 Blackout Mode

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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. 

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CouRage explains what “killed” his love for CoD Multiplayer

Popular Call of Duty content creator CouRage revealed the main reason his love for CoD Multiplayer was “killed.”

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CouRage has given fans the reason why he has lost his love for the standard Call of Duty Multiplayer mode.

Call of Duty has always been praised for its Multiplayer mode, which became its most popular aspect ever since Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was released in 2007.

The Multiplayer mode spawned a massive community of players, some of which made a living through becoming professional players and content creators.

With the game developing so fast, many of these players have ultimately fallen out of love with the standard Multiplayer mode, with things like Warzone and other battle royale games becoming more appealing. With that being said, CouRage revealed why he no longer has the passion to play CoD Multiplayer.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard is the latest installment in the franchise, which of course comes along with the classic Multiplayer mode that a lot of players look forward to every year.

Over the years, this mode has changed a lot, from Exo suits to the return of boots on the ground gameplay. As well as this, players began to realize that the game possessed a skill-based matchmaking system, which has since become a very controversial topic of conversation in recent years.

For those wondering why popular Call of Duty content creator CouRage isn’t grinding Vanguard’s Multiplayer mode, he revealed back in 2020 that “Skill based matchmaking” killed his love for Call of Duty’s Multiplayer mode, which is a system that pits similarly skilled players against each other.

In the tweet, CouRage explains that SBMM causes players to “sweat 100% of the time,” with no “pop off” games and “ability to use fun weapons,” asking Warzone to “save” him. This is very telling considering Warzone became his go-to game for quite some time.

A recent Reddit post brought this tweet back up for players to share their opinions on SBMM in Call of Duty. Some of the users are clearly in agreement with the streamer, with one comment saying:

“Matchmaking should not be skill based.. that why there is ranked mode to play on your own skills. Sadly they dont make competitive modes that rewards any way.”

Having said that, the community is definitely torn, as others feel as if SBMM is justified: “I feel like a lot of proficient COD players do not seem to understand that their “relaxed” games were built upon the backs of all of us who are mediocre to average players.”

Ultimately, SBMM was most likely introduced to make the game more accessible for new players, which may be a massive part of Call of Duty’s continued success. However, that clearly is alienating the more advanced and experienced players.

With CoD 2022 in the works, perhaps Activision will decide to switch it up, or players will be getting the same experience that may not be as appealing to the individuals who have been playing Call of Duty for years.

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Clever CoD Zombies trick gives Chronicles players unlimited max ammo

CoD Zombies players have discovered a useful Black Ops 3 Zombies Chronicles trick that grants you unlimited max ammo drops.

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Black Ops 3’s Zombies mode is popular among Call of Duty players, and now few of them have discovered a trick that grants you infinite max ammo drops in Zombies Chronicles.

Call of Duty players have been disappointed with Vanguard Zombies, and many of them have gone back to Black Ops 3. The game offers players 13 different maps after the release of Zombies Chronicles.

If you play enough times, you’re bound to pick up some useful tricks. Now one has been discovered that grants you infinite max ammo drops in the Zombies Chronicles Shangri-La map.

CoD Zombies trick for unlimited max ammo 

Zombie Monkeys in Black Ops 3

Reddit user ‘I_Play_Zetsubou’ showcased this trick in the CoD Zombies subreddit. It requires you to drop into Shangri-La and acquire the Widow’s Wine Perk, which is located in the mines.

Zombie Monkeys will randomly appear whenever there’s a drop on the map. They attempt to steal the drop you need to kill them before you can collect it yourself. However, they can be helpful for this trick.

Here’s how you can get infinite ammo in CoD Zombies:

  1. Collect Widow’s Wine on Shangri-La
  2. Take out zombies until the Widow’s Wine grenade refill drop appears
  3. Let a Zombie Monkey steal the Widow’s Wine grenade drop
  4. Kill the Zombies Monkey after it cycles over the max ammo

This trick will keep filling up your max ammo, and you can repeat these steps to ensure that you never run out of rounds. While players have been able to visit this version of the map for a while, many of them were unaware of this tactic.

“I never would have noticed till you posted this,” commented one surprised user. So, if you find yourself running low on bullets when playing on the Shangri-La map, then this can save your life.

For more Call of Duty, check out this Bizarre Warzone glitch that breaks players’ audio after getting kills and how to fix Warzone Pacific & Modern Warfare’s Status Goldflake error.

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Call of Duty remains best-selling franchise in the US for 14th year in a row

After being released back in November, it has now been confirmed that Vanguard has continued Call of Duty’s long line of success.

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Call of Duty continues to achieve success in the gaming industry year after year, as Vanguard continues its run of the best-selling game.

Official data and information regarding the United States Video Games Consumer Spread has revealed that Call of Duty has managed to continue its streak for the best-selling game within its release month for 14 years running.

Along with Warzone dominating the battle royale genre in gaming, Vanguard has also achieved success, keeping the franchise as prominent as ever.

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The month of November 2021 saw various big-name games released, but one inevitably came out on top. In competition with Battlefield 2042 and even GTA the Definitive Edition, Call of Duty Vanguard managed to absolutely smash it once again by becoming the best-selling game of its release month.

Executive Director & Video Game Industry Advisor Mat Piscatella released the information via Twitter.

They Tweeted out the United States Video Games Consumer Spread for the month of November 2021, which showed Call of Duty top the charts yet again for the 14th year in a row.

They also revealed that Call of Duty: Vanguard is the “2nd best-selling game of 2021 to date [December 13, 2021].”

Behind Vanguard, Battlefield 2042 took the spot as the second best-selling game of November 2021, which isn’t much of a surprise as the two franchises stand as the most popular FPS games in the industry.

This is great news for the developer of Call of Duty Vanguard, as it wouldn’t be ideal if Vanguard became the installment that broke the franchise’s winning streak.

Players are continuing to enjoy the game’s Multiplayer, and the Campaign received strong reviews so hats off to Activision and Sledgehammer Games.


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