The “love it or hate it” shooter franchise from Activision Blizzard, Call of Duty, has dropped story mode this time around in favor of Zombies, Multiplayer, and an all-new Battle Royale system called ‘Blackout’ which has drawn much fan criticism and controversy already. PS4 users will get the chance to play first.
6 maps are included in the Beta which will test multiplayer functionality and give players their first look at the new Battle Royale mode coming to the COD franchise. So far, many people are not quite enjoying the experience, particularly in the ‘Blackout’ battle royale mode. Although, that’s what Beta tests are supposed to be for, and the game can still change for the better before its October release date. There’s a Pick 10 system being brought in pair with a new approach to health regeneration, Specialists, Control mode, several other game modes, and for some reason the PC version holds the requirement of Blizzard Battle.net accounts. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will not be available on Steam.
BLACK OPS 4 BETA SCHEDULE
- Multiplayer Beta Weekend 1:
- Friday, August 3 at 10 am PT – Monday, August 6 at 10 am PT (PlayStation 4 only)
- Multiplayer Beta Weekend 2:
- Friday, August 10 at 10 am PT – Monday, August 13 at 10 am PT (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
- Saturday, August 11, 10 am PT – Monday, August 13 at 10 am PT (PC Only Open Beta)
Development is being handled in large part by Raven Software once again with Treyarch somehow leading the work. It does sort of feel like Activision Blizzard are misleading people with the names Treyarch and Infinity Ward living on despite so many people leaving both studios and Sledgehammer Games with Raven Software taking over a lot of the work. Perhaps they just can’t let go of those marketing buzz words fans already know so well. The truth might be more than folks could handle. Beenox is handling the PC release, a Quebec, Canada company that’s been involved with Activision Blizzard since ‘Bee Movie Game’ which released in 2007 alongside the movie it was based on. They were also responsible for 2010’s Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, 2011’s Spider-Man: Edge of Time, and more recently Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered in 2016.