While most battle royale games have a player limit count of 100 players in a match, that won’t be the case with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode, Blackout.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is Game Informer’s October cover game, and with that comes a month-long look at the game’s Blackout mode. Talking to Treyarch co-studio head Dan Bunting and Studio Design Director David Vonderhaar, the duo revealed that the Black Ops 4 battle royale player count will be at 80 — at least during the beta. Things could change come launch or even post-launch, and even Bunting admitted that the studio has tested 100 players internally, though they’re putting the quality of the gameplay first rather than hitting that 100-player number just for the sake of it.
What’s really more important to us than a number is that the gameplay experience is as refined as it can be, that’s it the ideal perfect format for what players are going to play. So we’re starting with 80 players, but we’ve gone higher than that. Whenever we launch a game as a beta or whatever, that’s the beginning of something. We’re going to actively be participating in the community and taking feedback, making changes and adapting, evolving the game as feedback rolls in. So there’s a lot that can go on that can happen beyond that first impact of the game going out there. – Dan Bunting
Surprised at this revelation? Disappointed? Personally, I’d rather have a seamless, enjoyable experience than be concerned about the player count in matches, but that might just be me.
In related news, make sure to read up on the exact times the Black Ops 4 Blackout beta will roll out and start.