With beta access still limited players are heading to Twitch in droves to check it out, sending Black Ops 4 to the top of the charts, surpassing viewer counts for the next three games combined. Weapons and equipment from past Black Ops games are also included. That's thanks in large part to launch day streams from big names like Shroud and DrDisRespect, but even if you discount the roughly 150,000 viewers those two have brought to the table, Call of Duty is still surpassing Fortnite's numbers by a significant margin.
Moreover, Blackout beta allows solo, duos, or quads, also known as four-player teams.
Blackout's closed beta launched today on PlayStation 4, and runs until September 17.
The Blackout beta is starting on the Xbox One and PCs on Friday, with developersTreyarch now monitoring the PS4 test. With killing the zombies offering a chance for you and your teammates to reveal your location to nearby enemies, you take a risk in fighting the undead in Blackout.
The PS4-exclusive private beta event is giving the CoD community its first taste of the all-new Blackout mode, a battle royale experience that merges conventional CoD gameplay with a fast-paced, last-player-standing free-for-all that will see as many as 80 characters shooting it out at once. For the first in the history of the franchise, we won't have any single-player campaign, but do we really need one now that we have a kickass battle royale mode in?
That would make the map smaller than PUBG's Erengal map - which measures in at 64km2 - but would make it roughly the same size as Fortnite's 5.5km2 map. Is the battle royale hype cooling down? This is a Private beta and at the time of writing, there are no plans for an open beta on PS4 or Xbox One. Players who've already downloaded the multiplayer beta, or who have pre-ordered the full game, can access the Blackout beta via the email invite that Treyarch sent out. It's a survival game with "the most refined mechanics in the world".