Those looking through the online space today may be discovering various gaming news outlets posting their reviews for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. But there seems to be one missing. Shacknews is not among them.
So where's the Shacknews review?
Shacknews was presented an opportunity to play through Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 prior to the game's October 12 release. We did have extensive time with the game's multiplayer and Zombies modes, with exclusive video footage currently on the Shacknews YouTube channel. However, there was one game mode we weren't able to try out, due to logistical issues. That game mode is Blackout.
Blackout is Call of Duty's first attempt at a battle royale mode. Since there's such a high player count required for this mode to work, Blackout was ultimately unavailable for review. Because of that, any Black Ops 4 review posted on Thursday would be incomplete. And after a lengthy debate between Editor-in-Chief Asif Khan, Managing Editor Bill Lavoy, Reviews Editor Blake Morse, and myself, we determined that because Blackout is one of the primary focuses of Black Ops 4, any review without Blackout impressions would be a disservice to the reader.
Therefore, Shacknews' Black Ops 4 review is momentarily on hold until we can try out Blackout for ourselves in a real-world setting. We'll not only be evaluating the game mode as a whole, but we'll also be evaluating the online experience and how it holds up with what's sure to be a heavy server strain.
Stay tuned to Shacknews for more on Black Ops 4 and look for our review to go up in the days ahead.