Black Ops beta COUNTDOWN: Blackout release date, start times, FREE codes, map
Call of Duty fans are counting down to the next Black Ops 4 multiplayer beta.
Ahead of the Black Ops 4 October 12 release date, Activision will put the brand new Battle Royale mode through its paces as part of the Blackout beta.
Described as a celebration of the Black Ops universe, Blackout is a Battle Royale mode for up to 80 players.
The last-person standing mode sees solo players, duos and squads battle it out to be the sole survivor(s) on the biggest map in Call of Duty history.
The Call of Duty Blackout beta starts on September 10 at 6pm UK time, but only for PS4 pre-order customers.
The Call of Duty Blackout beta continues on September 14 at 6pm, when it opens up to Xbox One and PC users.
The Blackout beta lasts until 6pm BST on September 17, which means PS4 pre-order customers get a whole week of action.
While the Blackout beta is for pre-order customers only on consoles, PC users can get a free code without pre-ordering the game.
If you’re on PC and want to check out Blackout Battle Royale but don’t have a pre-order, you can try the new game mode from 6pm UK time on September 15.
Anybody with a code for the previous Black Ops 4 closed beta will automatically be entered in the Blackout beta.
Digital pre-order customers will also automatically be entered into the beta, while everybody else should redeem their codes on the Blackout website.
Anybody with the previous Black Ops 4 multiplayer beta installed won’t need to pre-load the Blackout beta. However, a day-one patch is required to access the Battle Royale mode.
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Ahead of the beta start date, Activision has revealed the Blackout map, which is said to be 1,500 times bigger than the iconic Nuketown map.
Locations include Nuketown Island, Train Station, Asylum, Hydro Dam and the Firing Range.
Players will be able to explore the map as classic Black Ops characters on land, in the air and at sea.
Zombies will also make an appearance, giving players a chance to loot rare items and weapons.
If you enjoy the Blackout beta, Call of Duty Black Ops 4 will be released in full on October 12.