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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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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

5 Comments
  • Oh well COD, it was fun running with ya all these years😢
  • Cue the "no campaign" comments in 3...2...1...
  • And the sad truth is that compared to the multiplayer and zombies, folks just aren't playing the campaign anymore. And they're expensive to make. Meanwhile all the kids want battle royale these days. So here we are.
  • Yep.
  • I agree less people are playing the campaign but not making one and then also increasing the price just doesn't make sense. If all dlc was included then yes but it won't be so it's just another way to rip us off.