Treyarch’s Studio Design Director David Vonderhaar has responded to a Reddit concept which asks for EMP Grenades to return in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode.
EMP Grenades would in-theory give players the ability to temporarily disable vehicles, mesh mines, sight reticles, player mini-maps, and more. However, Vahn says that the exact design of EMPs in Blackout has yet to be determined.
While I personally don’t think the EMP should remove player names. I do think the EMP could be an interesting addition to Blackout. It’s on the schedule, but a bit downstream and lower priority than some other things (at the time of this writing and, like anything, subject to change.)
So you all understand how this works, how I personally feel about anything doesn’t determine or guarantee how something will work. It’s always a team effort.
It’s important to note that this does not confirm EMP Grenades are coming to Blackout, rather it’s something that the team at Treyarch are interested in and has a possibility of happening.
This statement was made in the midst of significant changes being announced to other controversial Blackout equipment such as Concussion and Cluster Grenades.