It’s official: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is getting in on the battle royale trend with a new mode called Blackout. Rather than simply throwing a ton of generic soldiers onto a generic battlefield, however, Treyarch is embracing the history of its subseries and throwing in a mix of weapons, characters, and scorestreaks from past games.
Though details are still scarce—and we’ve yet to see any real gameplay—it sounds like Blackout is banking heavily on nostalgia and familiarity of fans to set itself apart. Among the many returning faces teased for inclusion in Blackout are Black Ops characters Hudson, Mason, Reznov, and Woods, as well as Black Ops II antagonist Menendez. Zombies fans will also have something to tickle their nostalgia, as protagonists from the mode’s past maps will be playable. Treyarch also confirmed the inclusion of scorestreaks, specifically naming the popular RCXD, the series’ explosive remote-controlled car.
In addition, land, sea, and air vehicles will play a big role in Blackout, potentially offering a greater vehicle variety than other games in the genre. The teaser footage at the event showed helicopters, trucks, and ATVs.
Of course, many of the particulars of the mode remain shrouded in mystery. How will players select and unlock these characters as they play? How many players will be in a given match? How will scorestreaks work in a mode where the entire point is staying alive and getting consecutive kills? (Perhaps they’ll just be pickups you find in the map.)
Just about the only specific detail Treyarch provided is that Blackout will feature a single map, at least at the start, and it’ll clock in at around 1500 times the size of the iconic Nuketown map.
We’re sure to learn more about Blackout in the coming weeks and months, with E3 in particular seeming like a shoo-in for a full gameplay reveal.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 12th.