Call of Duty: Black Ops 4‘s second beta weekend brought with it a new multiplayer mode straight out of Counter-Strike.
The mode is called Heist, and it is one of the game’s few confirmed modes that is brand new to the series. The mode is round-based with no respawns, where players must fight over a bag of cash and bring it to an extraction point. Four wins claims victory, with seven potential rounds in total.
What makes this mode so Counter-Strike-ish is that players don’t go into a match with their predesigned loadouts. Players start out with almost no equipment, but the cash earned from claiming kills and completing objectives allows them to purchase new weapons, gear, perks, and other tools of the trade. Not everything is instantly up for sale, however, as some loadout items can only be purchased in sequential order.
This inventory management is not the mode’s only deviation from Call of Duty norms. Getting dropped by an enemy does not mean instant death, as players are instead downed in this mode, and can be revived if teammates get to them fast enough. Putting up a fight means careful management of ammo and health packs, but these resources have to be earned, either by purchasing them or finding them scattered around the map.
Aside from this new mode, Black Ops 4‘s second beta weekend saw a variety of technical fixes and balancing adjustments, all of which were detailed in patch notes shortly before the beta launched. The second beta will run until Monday, August 13th, followed by the Blackout battle royale beta dropping sometime next month.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is slated to launch October 12th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.