You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Treyarch Ups ‘Black Ops 4’ Blackout Beta Player Count, Confirms Daily Updates

Following the first day of the “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” Blackout beta, developer Treyarch has gone public with a list of alterations it’s made to the mode.

Treyarch took to Reddit with an official post detailing the changes, including upping the player count to 88 from 80, when the beta first went live. The developer confirmed that the player count would likely change based on player feedback, so this player cap could continue to change over the coming months.

The featured game playlist has been changed to Duos to round things out, and we’ll likely see this continuing to be swapped out over the course of the beta.

Additionally, the augments include speeding up item pickup. It was previously somewhat frustrating for players, as Treyarch notes several comments stating that it wasn’t as quick as they expected it to be. “We’ll be updating the game to make pickup speeds as fast as possible without interfering with reloading, and make it easier to pick up items without looking directly at them,” said the developer in its detailed Reddit post.

Treyarch has confirmed that it will be updating the beta daily, so it’s probable that a laundry list of changes are yet to come for players jumping into the private beta.

Blackout is the “Call of Duty”-branded version of the popular battle royale genre that’s been taking the gaming industry by storm. It incorporates familiar characters, maps, and other elements from throughout the series’ history into one knock-down, drag-out brawl across a fairly sizeable map.

The “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” private beta is currently only available to players on PlayStation 4. It’s coming to Xbox One and PC owners who have pre-ordered the game on Sep. 14, with PC players on Battle.net gaining access on Sep. 15. The beta will run all the way through Sep. 17 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, with a full release scheduled for Oct. 12, 2018 on all platforms.

More Gaming

  • ‘Tetris Effect’s’ Development Was Anything But

    ‘Tetris Effect’s’ Development Was Anything But Zen-Like

    “Tetris” is one of the most popular games in the world, one that many people consider to be a near-perfect experience. So when Enhance Games set out to make “Tetris Effect” for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR, the studio had to figure out whether or not it should even alter the core “Tetris” gameplay. That [...]

  • 'Speaking Simulator' and the Fine Art

    'Speaking Simulator' and the Fine Art of Talking

    Most of us rarely consider just how difficult it would be to learn how to speak from scratch. But that’s the mission of one very odd upcoming game. Affable Games, a two-person team out of Brisbane, Australia, is currently developing “Speaking Simulator,” and they brought a demo of it to the Game Developers Conference. Sure, [...]

  • 'God of War' Named Game Developer

    'God of War' Named Game Developer Choice Awards Game of the Year

    In an award show packed with indie game winners, Sony Santa Monica’s “God of War” still managed to snatch the Game Developers Choice Awards game of the year. The 19th annual Game Developers Choice Awards took place Wednesday night in the midst of the weeklong Game Developers Conference. The peer-voted awards recognize and celebrate the creativity, [...]

  • "Return of the Obra Dinn" Wins

    "Return of the Obra Dinn" Wins IGF Seumas McNally Grand Prize

    “Return of the Obra Dinn” won this year’s Seumas McNally Grand Prize at the Independent Games Festival. The game was also the Excellence in Narrative winner. Developer Lucas Pope won the same award, a pinnacle in independent game development, in 2014. “Five years I won the award for ‘Paper’s Please’ and I said it was [...]

  • Rebellion is Putting Players Back Behind

    Rebellion Is Putting Players Back Behind Enemy Lines in Remastered 'Sniper Elite V2'

    Only seven years after the original “Sniper Elite V2” came out, Rebellion is developing a remastered version of the game for modern platforms. While the new version includes some new features and technical improvements, the gameplay will remain mostly the same. “We’re not trying to alter the gameplay to much since it holds up really [...]

  • Watch the 2019 Game Developers Choice

    Watch the 2019 Game Developers Choice Awards Here

    The 2019 Game Developers Choice Awards took place on Wednesday, Mar. 20 starting at 6:30 p.m. PT, and you can watch the ceremony here at Variety. We’ve embedded a video of the stream in the player below. Watch GDC Main Stage from GDC on www.twitch.tv Although the Game Developers Choice Awards was packed with indie [...]

  • 'No Man's Sky's Disastrous, Wonderful, Amazing

    'No Man's Sky's Disastrous, Wonderful, Amazing Journey

    Hello Games’ ‘No Man’s Sky’ is a story of redemption. But the 2016 launch of the procedurally generated space exploration game was an unmitigated disaster. In addition to complaints about the game’s relatively basic loop, players quickly discovered that promised multiplayer support was completely absent at launch. Those features were later added in July 2018, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content