Battle Royale is all the rage right now. It's a game mode that isn't necessarily new but has been depicted in new ways thanks to the advent of technology that has allowed the Last Man Standing mode to evolve beyond eight through 16 players, from back when Quake and the original Rainbow Six were all the rage, and now the mode includes up to 100 players in a single arena. One game that many didn't initially expect to get in on the Battle Royale digs was Activision and Treyarch's Call of Duty, but now that the game has taken the dive head first into the genre, Treyarch is aiming to deliver up to 100 players in the Battle Royale mode known as Blackout before the open beta comes to an end.
Over on the official Treyarch Studios Twitter account it was revealed that the developers have extended the beta to 12 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, and that the team increased the overall player count to 100.
Initially, the beta featured up to 80 players on a single map, where either individual players or groups of players would team up and attempt to become the last person or last team standing. However, as the beta draws to a close, Treyarch decided to push the technological limits just an edge further and allow up to 100 players on the map in the Blackout mode, which means that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will launch with the same Battle Royale player count as games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Epic Games' Fortnite.
The standard count for many of today's Battle Royale titles is based around having 100 players on the field, so it will basically stand neck-to-neck with the two biggest Battle Royale games on the market.
Of course, there's still Battlefield V due out in November, which will also edge its way into the conversation with its own take on the popular mode. This also shouldn't discount Rockstar Games and Red Dead Redemption 2, which may or may not also come with a Battle Royale mode in a Western setting. The company has been awfully mum when it comes to marketing the title and discussing the actual gameplay mechanics, but it's also expected to be the biggest launch of the year. So, if Rockstar did decide to go the extra mile and tack on a Battle Royale mode, it would certainly give everyone else a run for their money.
But, circling back around to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4... the Blackout beta has been receiving a lot of positive press lately, both from gamers who participated in the beta and journalists as well. YouTubers have also been making a lot of content centered around the mode and giving Treyarch a lot of positive feedback about the diverse gameplay options, fast-paced gameplay, and intuitive mechanics.
Even though the beta is coming to a close, at least gamers can rest easy knowing that, for the full launch, the Blackout mode will support up to 100 players in Black Ops 4.