We’ve already gotten a pretty good look at how Call of Duty: Black Ops 4‘s multiplayer and zombie modes will play out, but the one mode that developer Treyarch is still keeping close to the vest is Blackout, the series’ first attempt at a battle royale mode. Fortunately for those who just don’t want to wait until the private beta launches in September, a reported leak has recently given us a better idea as to what we can expect from Blackout.
One of the biggest questions about Blackout is how big the map will be and how many players the mode will allow. According to Reddit user Omnipotentem (via Game Rant), who correctly predicted many of the details in the recent zombies mode trailer, developer Treyarch is aiming for 50 players “at the very least,” but it’s currently testing the mode with 64 players, somewhat contradicting another purported leak that lists the mode as having a 60-player max. As for the map, no specific size was listed, but there will be “lots of focus on verticality,” and Nuketown will feature prominently in the middle of the map as an island.
So far, weapons in Blackout will have different rarities like in Fortnite. However, unlike in Fortnite, these rarities won’t determine the damage output but rather how many lootable attachments players can use on the weapon. Armor pieces can also be looted to buff the mode’s starting health points at 150, but armor piercing rounds can negate the effect of armor. In line with all the talk about loot, inventory slots will be limited, though players can find backpacks that will increase inventory space.
Blackout will take inspiration from Black Ops 4‘s main multiplayer mode by including specialist abilities as consumable items. That means that players can find Torque’s barricade or Ruin’s grapple hook and use them a limited number of times. Other equipment like the Recon RC will also be scattered around the map.
Most interestingly, while Blackout’s original trailer teased land, sea, and air vehicles, the all-terrain vehicle “is the only fully functioning vehicle in the current build,” according to the leak.
Many of these details could have been guessed and gleaned from the aforementioned teaser, but there is new information to mull over. The fact that this Reddit user correctly predicted what we’d see in the zombies trailer definitely gives it a little credibility, but you wouldn’t be wrong for feeling a little skeptical. It’s also missing some key information like what kinds of modes—solo, duo, or squad—we can expect, as well as how matchmaking will work and if there will be any kind of ranking system.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 12th.