Activision and Treyarch have rolled out a new teaser for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and even though it doesn't really contain any footage worth seeing, it does say that the battle royale mode Blackout kicks off its beta on 10 September 2018.
It also says that the beta will first hit PlayStation 4, with the remainder of the platforms to follow at a later date. Blackout will allow for playing solo, in duos and quads as Treyarch calls four man teams. And here I was thinking those were them beach buggies.
This is basically where the information train ends, because Activision and Treyarch seem to be keeping their cards close to the chest for the time being. Nevertheless, we should here more once Activision has something worth showing off.
It's pretty interesting though when you consider how battle royale took the word by storm, to the extent where triple A shooters cannot afford to omit it from their games. Even Brendan Greene, the mane behind PUBG recently said that he feels partially flattered, seeing as how Call of Duty and Battlefield were games he looked up to most of his life.
In their recent report on Fortnite: Battle Royale and its significance for the genre, analyst firm SuperData estimated that games with battle royale mode will rake in $12.6 billion in 2018 and as much as $20.1 billion in 2019. The firm in fact mentions Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout as one of the drivers of this profit.
Of course, it's highly unlikely that anyone will even come close to displacing Fortnite: Battle Royale, nor should anyone in my humble opinion even try. Anyone who's been foolish enough to think they can outFortnite Fortnite or outPUBG PUBG have failed, miserably.
On the other hand, if Activision and Treyarch play their cards right and invest their time into making their own specific flavour of battle royale, there's absolutely no reason why they shouldn't earn themselves a nice chunk of Fortnite's pie. Maybe Epic even gives them some back bling for free.
You can find the announcement tweet here.