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Black Ops 4's Blackout mode is battle royale as you know it

GB Burford
 

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode is Treyarch’s take on the monstrously popular battle royale genre. It might seem strange that Activision is willing to let Treyarch change their flagship series’ formula up so much, but Activision has always been flexible with Treyarch, letting them experiment with zombies mode and nonlinear campaigns for years. Does it work for Black Ops 4? We'll take a closer look after early access to the PC beta begins on Friday, but for now, here are our impressions of the PS4-exclusive beta period.

Battle Royale modes owe a lot to the novel of the same name: a large group, sometimes made up of hundreds of players, are let loose on an island, tasked with killing each other off until only one player or team remains standing. To keep players from camping the entire match, a deadly circle of poison envelops the map, shrinking until there’s almost no room left and a winner is determined. Battle Royale games also lure players a

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