Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 'Blackout' battle royale beta dated [updated]

The next entry in Activision's renowned shooter franchise, Call of Duty, has been officially unveiled ahead of its scheduled release this fall. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will revive the fan-favorite series, fully embracing its multiplayer success, while exploring new online modes such as "Zombies". A battle royale mode called "Blackout" is also part of the package.

August 22, 2018: The Blackout beta will start on Xbox One on September 14.

While details on the mode are unclear, we do know that you can either play alone, as a team or two, or as a team of four. The map is also supposed to be one of the largest in Call of Duty history. From a teaser released on Twitter, it seems like PlayStation 4 owners will be able to try out the Blackout beta starting September 10, 2018.

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It's unclear when the test will hit Xbox One and PC, but we're expecting the two platforms to get it a week later.

Hopefully Black Ops 4 will be a polished and balanced experience on all platforms when it releases in a few months. You can currently preorder Black Ops 4, starting at $59.99. The game is scheduled to launch on October 12, with Xbox One X enhancements in tow.

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