In more news of a developer teasing an upcoming game features in a frustratingly short clip, Treyarch has released footage of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout battle royale mode. At a maddeningly short 13 seconds, the clip comes at the end of a more in-depth trailer for the game’s multiplayer beta, which starts this Friday.
The clip ostensibly shows in-game footage focusing heavily on vehicles as we have come to expect with Treyarch dipping its feet into the battle royale pool for the first time. Back in May when Blackout was officially confirmed after months of speculation, Treyarch stressed its efforts would have a very Black Ops flavor with suitably boisterous explosions, vehicles, as well as landmarks and characters from the series. Treyarch are eager to imprint their own unique stamp on a saturated genre and, we imagine, rival the likes of battle royale behemoths PUBG and Fortnite.
Today’s brief introduction to Blackout includes helicopters, inflatable outboard motor boats, and all terrain vehicles marauding across a map comprised both of rocky desert-scapes and dense forested areas. It appears players will be able to commandeer helicopters as a squad, with two players mounted on the sides to provide suppressing fire.
Overall, the clip is a frantic mess of explosions, team-led assaults, and projectile blood splatters. A plethora of weapons are on show including heavy-duty assault rifles, rocket launchers, and sniper rifles. In essence, the clip doesn’t provide many more details than we already have though it does give visual context to what Treyarch are working on.
As mentioned above, the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 multiplayer beta starts on August 3rd for PlayStation 4 owners, while Xbox One and PC players have to wait until August 10th to take part. The Blackout beta is scheduled for an as yet unspecified date in September though Treyarch and Activision have promised further details between now and then.
You can check out the Blackout trailer below. Skip to the end of the video if you want to get straight into the action. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 releases on October 12 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.