Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout Beta Intel

Welcome to the party. The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout Beta starts today, and here are some details to help you drop in and go all-out.

by Kevin Kelly on September 10, 2018

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a game-changing experience for the Black Ops community that delivers more ways to have fun with your friends than ever before.

Blackout introduces a brand-new battle royale style mode steeped in the Black Ops universe. Blackout pits players in the biggest map in Call of Duty history all with the signature Black Ops combat players know and love.

To help you prepare for the Blackout Beta that launches today, check out the below intel, put a squad together, and figure out where you’re going to drop. We’ll see you on the map.


Blackout is deeply rooted in the Black Ops universe. Everything from the signature gameplay fans know and love, to the characters and lore, players will experience a true celebration of the series.

  • Last Player Standing – Once the match begins, all players will descend in wingsuits from an aerial transport streaking across the map. Once on the ground, the mission is simple: be the last player – or duo or quad – alive. Players will drop in with nothing and must loot and scavenge for a weapon to defend themselves. The combat area will collapse over time, forcing intense engagements as the match goes on.
  • Playable CharactersBlackout will feature classic playable characters from previous Black Ops games, including iconic characters from the story campaigns and Zombies modes from Black Ops 1-3, as well as a collection of new Specialists and Zombies characters from Black Ops 4. Examples include: Reznov, Mason, Woods, Richtofen, Takeo, Ajax, Battery, Seraph and many more.
  • Zombies – in Black Ops fashion, the map features a variety of Zombies lurking in particular areas that add an extra challenge, as players now must watch not only for other enemies but also for throngs of the undead that could be right around the corner.



    The Blackout Beta will feature a huge variety of classic Black Ops weapons with different ammo types, attachments and equipment that players will loot and scavenge in the map to deploy against their enemies.

    • Weapons – Weapons will be littered throughout the map for players to find. Submachine guns like the Cordite and Saug 9mm, shotguns like the MOG-12 and SG12, and rifles like the Vapr-XKG and Grav are just some examples. There are also special weapons like the War Machine grenade launcher.
    • Attachments – To enhance your weapons, attachments can be found that include various sights like the 4x scope, holo and reflex; grips that improve stability and accuracy; and suppressors that prevent you from giving away your position to enemies.
    • Perks – A classic in Black Ops, perks are modifiers that can passively enhance gameplay and enhance your character’s effectiveness in battle. Examples include Dead Silence to allow you to move without making sound; Mobility to allow you to mantle, climb and swap weapons faster; and Looter to allow you to see nearby loot through walls to quickly assess what to pursue.
    • Health and armor – To help defend against enemy fire, armor will be available to find at varying protection levels. There will also be first-aid and med kits to replenish health throughout the match.
    • Attack equipment – In addition to primary weapons, players will be able to deploy tactical equipment to attack enemies. Items like frag, cluster and concussion grenades will be scattered throughout the map, and there are also combat axes and molotov cocktails to round out your arsenal.
    • Defensive equipment – If you or your team are holding down a specific area, items like the razor wire to block off entryways or the trophy system to defend against enemy grenades are key to survival.
    • Scout equipment – With lots of enemies to keep track of, players will be able to use a variety of items to gather intel. Examples include a Sensor Dart that can be shot at a specific area to illuminate nearby players, or a remote-controlled recon car that can scope out buildings or other locales discreetly.


    Players will find and drive a variety of land, sea and air vehicles to get around the massive map, either solo or with their teammates:

    • ATV (land) – Quick and nimble, the ATV supports one driver and one passenger, and can get players around the map at high speeds.
    • Cargo Truck (land) – With its size and ability to plow through many types of areas, the cargo truck has freedom to move almost everywhere, albeit at a slower pace. The truck supports 1 driver and multiple passengers in the bed.
    • Tactical Raft (sea) – The tactical assault boat supports one driver and multiple passengers. It’s quick and gets players through any body of water.
    • Light Helicopter (air) – The helicopter supports one pilot and up to four passengers. It provides a fast mode of transport that gives players a high vantage point that can provide great visibility and attack angles throughout the sky.


    Blackout debuts a colossal map – biggest ever in Call of Duty – that features a variety of exterior and interior areas to traverse and fight in, including locations inspired by fan-favorite Black Ops multiplayer maps such as Nuketown, Firing Range and many more. Here is a sample of some of the locales players will explore in the Beta:

    • Nuketown Island – based on the legendary map, this is more like a ghost town, as players will explore the remnants of this former nuclear testing site, which features boarded-up homes, an abandoned bunker and more.
    • Firing Range – a true icon of Black Ops, this area is a classified military training base tucked away in the woods. Close-range encounters are common in this combat arena.
    • Rivertown – a countryside peninsula town rife with small houses, diners, farms and even a GMO grainery. River Town is full of places to gear up and engage in close-to-mid-range firefights.
    • Array – consisting of warehouses in the shadow of three giant satellites, this area is rife with high vantage points and plenty of opportunities to find gear.
    • Estates – inspired by Raid from Black Ops II and Stronghold from Black Ops III, at the map’s north end lies the austere, luxury Estates, surrounded by manicured hedges and modern art. The buildings are full of rooms and garages strewn with weapons and loot.
    • Asylum – based on the classic Zombies map Verruckt, exactly how it sounds, this is a deserted asylum with burned-out walls and busted windows. Players will also discover a sprawling maze on the asylum grounds.
    • Hydro Dam – a giant hydroelectric dam, inspired by Hydro from Black Ops II, this is a massive water plant on the northeast area of the map. Players can fight their way through the central offices and command center or swim out to explore nearby water tanks.
    • Train Station – blending open spaces with short sightlines and sharp turns, this modern train station consists of a parking lot, outdoor waiting area and small central building.
    • Construction Site – a multi-level unfinished skyscraper, complete with elevators, a helipad and tons of areas to pick up gear. Finding a grapple gun would be an efficient way to traverse the location quickly.
    • Cargo Docks – based on Cargo from Black Ops II, located in the southwest area of the map, the Cargo Docks feature flat, open spaces where players will use the massive shipping containers for cover or even land a helicopter on the floating cargo ship if they’re brave enough.
    • And more

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