Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 'Blackout' battle royale goes free-to-play in April

Every year, Activision releases a new Call of Duty game and fans of the franchise love it. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 revives 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.

Today, Activision announced that Blackout is going free-to-play for the month of April. You can download the game, and access Blackout. The other modes won't work, and you'll need an active Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus subscription to play online. A lot of gamers seem to have forgotten Blackout even exists — because it's tied to the $60 game — so hopefully this will renew interest in the experience and bring new players in.

Activision also said that a new map was going to be available for Blackout quite soon. It's called Alcatraz and you can guess where it takes place. Instead of a massive island, you'll be forced to contend with close-quarters combat. This hasn't been done before in the battle royale genre so it'll be interesting to see how it plays out.

In our review, we said, "Sacrifices had to be made, but the gamble of chopping off a short single-player campaign to focus on multiplayer modes that will offer many more hours of fun has paid off."

Asher Madan

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