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CoD: Black Ops 4's battle royale beta going live in September

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Two armed soldiers running on the beach in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
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Activision and Treyarch have taken to twitter to reveal that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's battle royale mode The Blackout will be arriving on PC and Xbox One on 14 September 2018, which is four days after the mode is set to arrive on PS4.

Treyarch announced the PlayStation 4 beta for The Blackout about a week ago and we've been anxious to learn when they plan on including Xbox One and the master race, so now we know.

Note however that the PlayStation 4 beta is private, whereas the PC version is an open beta so anyone with a Battle.net account can hop in, as the dev explained via Twitter. Same goes for Xbox One so come 10am PT on September 15, you can dive into Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's shiny new battle royale and crack some heads open.   

The company rolled out a teaser for The Blackout as well, although it doesn't show in-game footage or anything of the sort. What it does say is that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's battle royale will allow for playing solo, in duos or in teams of four, which Treyarch and EA insist on calling quads.

Even though Treyarch and EA seem to be holding their cards pretty close to their chest when it comes to saying more, that didn't stop some users from estimating the map size. Note that this was done mostly from looking at screenshots and taking hints from the dev team.

So, it is said that The Blackout's map will span somewhere between 4.5 and 7.4 square kilometres, which is good enough for an estimate. In comparison, PUBG's Erangel map spans 64 square kilometres while Fortnite's island is only 5.5 square kilometres. To be fair, I personally find Fortnite's map to be just the right size to ensure plenty of action without being overcrowded, but that's just me.

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On a related note, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has just received an award on Gamescom, where they won in the category of Best Game Social/Online. Don't ask me how that makes any sense, I just might have to tell you.

You can find the official PC and Xbox One announcement of The Blackout beta on twitter here.