Update: Hot on the heels of these new reveals, Treyarch and Activision have put out the first ever trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4‘s Blackout mode. Take a gander:
Original story: Game Informer coverage of the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has produced a ton of new info on the game’s Blackout battle royale mode, including its potential for split-screen compatibility and how zombies will be involved.
Treyarch’s studio design director, David Vonderhaar, recently took part in what might be Game Informer‘s longest rapid-fire question video ever, with a staggering 195 questions he had to face. In one of the earliest questions, Vonderhaar was asked if Blackout would feature a split-screen option. The director confirmed that the studio is currently testing the feature, and while he wouldn’t state whether or not it was likely, he did confirm that its inclusion is feasible.
Other Blackout details covered in the interview include:
- There will likely be new maps added down the line.
- Blackout characters from non-Treyarch Call of Duty games are not ruled out.
- There will be various types of Armor pick-ups, but no cosmetic pick-ups in matches.
- Picked up items can be traded.
- Vehicles spawn in set locations.
- The vehicles previously detailed for the mode’s beta will be all of the vehicles available at launch.
- Different characters will not feature different benefits.
- Emotes will likely be in the game at launch, but not the beta.
- The mode will feature around 20 characters in the beta and at launch.
- Black Ops 4– including Blackout- will target 60 frames per second, and not be locked at 30.
Vonderhaar also touched on the zombies that will mess with players during their Blackout survival, revealing that the undead will spawn at set spawn points around the map. In a separate Game Informer preview, fans learned that rays of light will shoot from these locations when monsters have spawned. The zombies themselves will occasionally drop items, but more enticing are the high-value chests that they guard.
Each location won’t boast an innumerable wave of zombies—less than a dozen at each spot—so the threat is more the act of players giving away their position to fight them than the actual zombies themselves. Taking them on can prove very profitable, however, with the potential for powerful weapon drops from the classic Zombies mode, and Zombies-themed character unlocks via related challenges.
Vonderhaar’s rapid-fire interview can be checked out in full below.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is slated to launch October 12th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The Blackout beta will go live September 10th on PS4, September 14th on all other platforms, and end on September 17th.
Source: Game Informer