'This is Blackout' gameplay trailer shows off Call of Duty Black Ops 4's take on battle royale

We finally get a look at how Treyarch is blending CoD history with the popular battle royale game mode.


Today, Treyarch and Activision took to the official Call of Duty YouTube channel to share a new gameplay trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. This time, those that check it out get a look at the highly discussed Blackout mode that brings the popular battle royale game mode into the world of Call of Duty.

In the trailer, which clocks in right over the two minute mark, there's a whole lot to take in. The Blackout mode stays true to Treyarch's promise to include land, sea, and air vehicles, as ATVs, helicopters, trucks, and tactical rafts are scattered throughout. Squads of four are frequently shown, but it's likely that the mode will feature similar structure to other popular battle royales, which allow for solo, duo, and four-man squad matchmaking.

As far as Blackout's format, it looks like there's a purple barrier that will be used to push players to a closing area of conflict. There are also the previously confirmed zombies for the mode, but it isn't clear how they're utilized. The trailer shows a monkey bomb being tossed and one could imagine, based on the trailer's cutting, that they summon the zombies. We'll have to confirm this at a later time.

A couple other things spotted are various skins for players, ordinances like grappling hooks for traversal and RC cars likely wired with explosives, a portable shield that can be placed, swimming, and air drops. Hit the Chatty to let us know if you spotted something that we missed!

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From The Chatty
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    September 6, 2018 11:42 AM

    Charles Singletary Jr posted a new article, 'This is Blackout' gameplay trailer shows off Call of Duty Black Ops 4's take on battle royale

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      September 6, 2018 11:48 AM

      Call of Duty is 40 year old Luke Perry hanging around a high school

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      September 6, 2018 11:51 AM

      I actually think that they should just make a damn Battlefield like game... that looks Battlefield as fuck.
      I'm not a fan of BR as I was initially but this CoD version looks fun, actually. Eager to try the beta!

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      September 6, 2018 11:53 AM

      These staged action moments look fun, thankfully beta is coming soon to see how it really plays.

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      September 6, 2018 12:00 PM

      Very staged, but the map looks extremely well realized. Without this ace up their sleeve I think they could have really had a rough year but this is bound to be a crowd pleaser.

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      September 6, 2018 12:15 PM

      This looks really like fun. COD has great shooting mechanics, so it will definitely be in my good books.

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      September 6, 2018 2:29 PM

      Hmmm, might be my first COD purchase since Modern Warfare 3.

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      September 6, 2018 2:33 PM

      It certainly looks great.

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      September 6, 2018 7:46 PM

      Looks like Just Cause, Battle Royale more than anything else.

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      September 7, 2018 3:14 AM

      So how did they get the old ass engine to do a map of that scale and still churn out 60 FPS on console?

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