Call of Duty Black Ops 4: Open beta maps, dates and more confirmed

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a new entry in the hugely popular shooter franchise. It will be the first not to feature a solo campaign. Instead, it will focus entirely on multiplayer with its usual range of options along Zombies and an all-new battle royale mode in the form of Blackout!

Trusted Reviews has compiled everything you need to know about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 including all of the latest news, release date info, gameplay and more.

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 beta – When can I play it?

Activision has confirmed multiplayer beta details for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 including platforms and when exactly players can jump in on the action. As expected, PS4 owners will be first to gain access on August 3 until August 6. 

The following week, beginning August 10, PS4, Xbox One and PC players (via Battlenet) can download and enjoy the playable beta until August 13. This essentially means that owners of Sony machines have two chances to sample the upcoming shooter.

Players can play across six maps and choose from six specialists in the upcoming beta. The five featured game modes are as follows – Team Deathmatch, Domination, Hardpoint, Control and Search and Destroy.

As for Blackout, the anticipated battle royale mode will receive a playable beta in September.  This and the aforementioned multiplayer beta will be open to all who pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 release date – when is it coming out?

Black Ops 4 will be launching for PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 12, 2018.

The PC version is being developed from the ground-up by developer BEENOX and will be coming to the Battle Net platform which hosts the likes of Overwatch, World of Warcraft and Hearthstone.

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Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Multiplayer – All the details

Treyarch has revealed the online multiplayer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 through an explosive new trailer. It looks great, and has been described as the series’ “most ambitious” outing to date with enhanced military feel, equipment and more.

You can check out the trailer for yourself below:

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So what does the trailer show us?

Specialists are making a return to Black Ops 4 alongside finishing moves that are unique to each one. The weapon systems have been designed like characters themselves with an abundance of detail within their gun systems, customisation and perk options. Animations have also been overhauled so the act of playing will feel smoother than before, too. Each gun now has its own repertoire of attachments, instead of remaining the same across each type.

To the surprise of no one, scorestreaks will continue to provide you and your team with offensive and defensive bonuses. Situational awareness remains as important as ever, perhaps even more so thanks to realistic recoil and map features that make it easier to spot enemies, and for them to see you. League Play is back in competitive multiplayer, a feature considered a favourite amongst fans. Multiplayer will explore the stories of different characters with a deeper narrative focus. What this means for gameplay isn’t exactly clear, though.

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Call of Duty Black Ops 4 – Black Ops Pass

Activision and Treyarch have announced the Black Ops Pass, a new approach to post-launch content which will include the following content:

  • 12 multiplayer maps
  • 4 new zombie experience
  • Exclusive skins for Blackout: Battle Royale

However, the maps and experiences mentioned above won’t be released in the traditional map packs Call of Duty has boasted for so many years. Instead, players will receive them on a more regular basis. This has caused some concern amongst fans as it could potentially divide the game’s community.

Activision hasn’t confirmed whether individual maps will be available to purchase or if you’ll need to buy the entire Black Ops Pass. At the time of writing it’s unclear how much the pass will actually cost. Here’s hoping players can purchase specific content without a the entire pass in their library.

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Zombies – Any big changes?

The Zombies Mode has been taken “back to the drawing board” for Black Ops 4. The first outing focuses on an ancient order intent on twisting the population into undead hordes which you’ll have to team up with friends to take down. The new characters – Charlotte, Bruno, Diego and Shaw – are all playable and unique in terms of equipment and mechanics. You can watch the debut trailer below:

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With this entry in the series, Treyarch is placing more control in the hands of players with bespoke lobbies and game types. Those without friends to play with can employ bot support so they can enjoy the narrative journey Zombies has to tell this time around. Seasonal events and new regular challenges known as Callings are planned to keep you engaged alongside new updates.

Black Ops 4 has a second zombie excursion coming at launch – Voyage of Despair. It’s super spooky and takes place on the Titanic as the central characters seek to stop a cult from unleashing evil. It looks neat, and hopefully provides us with some creative tools to wreak havoc with. But wait, there’s more! Black Ops 4 will also feature a third zombie’s map called Blood of the Dead, which is a name hardcore fans will definitely recognise. Details are light on this final campaign, but we’ll no doubt have more information on it soon.

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Battle Royale – It’s confirmed!

Treyarch has confirmed that battle royale is coming to Call of Duty Black Ops 4 with the biggest map the series has ever seen. Players will navigate the map  either on foot, by vehicle or in the air with an experience complete with all of the features you’d expect from the blockbuster shooter. And, it has a name, say hello to Blackout.

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Treyarch has pitched Blackout as the greatest hits of sorts for Call of Duty: Black Ops. This means it will contain iconic characters from the entire franchise including Reznov, Hudson, and Mason. Whether these personalities will be playable or just mere window dressing for the mode’s aesthetic wasn’t made entirely clear. We’ll be sure to find out more at E3 next week.

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