Despite Call of Duty: Black Ops 4‘s Blackout battle royale mode being one of the biggest surprises to come out of the game’s reveal, we still don’t know how many players the mode will support, and apparently, neither does Treyarch.
Following the game’s reveal, GameSpot sat down with studio design director David Vonderhaar with some questions about Blackout. The standard for battle royale player counts is 100 players, but when asked about Blackout’s player count, Vonderhaar admitted that Treyarch has yet to land on a number.
“We haven’t actually decided,” Vonderhaar said. “We have to create the best experience, and to create that experience in a Call of Duty universe, you have to try various flavors of that until you find the right one.”
The player count may still be up in the air, but there is a fair bit we do know about the mode from the reveal. Blackout will take place on one massive map—1,500 times bigger than Nuketown—made up of numerous familiar locations pulled from every corner of the Black Ops subseries. Players can travel between these locations with land, sea, and air vehicles, and the mode will feature weapons, equipment, and characters from all four Black Ops games.
Blackout was, sad to say, not playable at the preview event that followed the game’s reveal, but we did get a chance to play a couple rounds of the game’s new multiplayer. On the surface, it looks very similar to the previous installment, but key systemic changes to health pools, health regeneration, and movement give it a distinctly different and more satisfying feel than Black Ops III.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is slated to launch October 12th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. We had hoped for a Nintendo Switch announcement at the event, following a recent purported leak, but as the reveal has come and gone with no such announcement in sight, Switch fans may be out of luck.