The Call of Duty: Blackout private beta started yesterday for PlayStation 4 players who pre-ordered Black Ops 4. Though I’ve not been able to try it yet (I’ll have to wait for it to go open on PC), reports suggest it’s very good indeed; the super-polished military Battle Royale that people have been clamouring for since PUBG first appeared. The map is enormous, and incorporates elements from all of the previous Black Ops games, and power-ups that litter the battlefield make the minut-to-minute gameplay exciting.
If Activision offered just Blackout for half the price, I’d be all over that, because the base multiplayer just isn’t for me. Anyway, the beta gives Treyarch an opportunity to fine-tune the mode before the game’s launch next month. One of the most common complaints thus far is the speed at which items are picked up, and that’s first on the list for Treyarch’s impending Blackout fixes.
- Item Pickups: We’ve seen several comments suggesting that the item pickup time is slower than expected. 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. PC players will also be able to map keys to instantly pick up items when the Blackout Beta goes live on PC later this week.
- Quick Equip Menu: Some players have had trouble performing certain actions while the Quick Equip menu is open. We have two fixes set to go live around 10AM PT tomorrow (Tuesday) that will help with this: Quick Equip will auto-close if you don’t do anything in it for 5 seconds, and auto-close and prevent from opening when using the Recon Car. For future reference, the Quick Equip menu can be closed by pressing down on the d-pad.
- Armor: Much like the early days of the MP Beta, we’ve seen some online discussion about the utility of Armor in Blackout. We’re keeping a close eye on Armor’s performance during the Beta.
- Friendly Fire: We’re aware that friendly fire allows your teammates to take you out – by mistake, or in some unfortunate circumstances, on purpose. While we always recommend choosing your Duo and Quad partners wisely, we’ll keep an eye on teamkilling throughout the Beta and consider other options. We’re also collecting stats on players who damage their teammates with friendly fire and have a security team monitoring those players for offenses that are outside the bounds of the occasional accident. Play nice out there.
On top of that, Treyarch has a list of tips for those who’ll be jumping in to Blackout during its beta period:
Infiltration: To achieve maximum distance when dropping onto the map in your wingsuit, try pointing straight down until you hit 60 meters/second, then level out. Pulling up past the horizontal position will cause your descent to slow.
- Heal on the Move: You don’t need to stop moving to heal! This can be a real game-changer when you’re under fire and low on health.
- Weapon Breakdown: Need to drop your weapon’s attachments quickly? Try hovering the cursor over your weapon in your inventory, then drop all attachments to break your weapon down.
- Base-Jumping Off Structures / Re-deploying Wingsuits: There’s been some confusion out there about how to re-deploy your wingsuit to base jump during a match. Make sure that you’re high enough above the ground and simply sprint towards your desired location, then press and HOLD the jump button.
The Blackout beta is live on PlayStation 4 right now for those who pre-ordered. Here’s when it’ll be coming to other platforms:
- Xbox One Blackout beta start date: Friday, September 14th
- PC early access Blackout beta start date: Friday, September 14th
- PC open beta Blackout beta start date: Saturday, September 15th
The beta ends on September 17, at 7pm CAT. Black Ops 4 is coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One on 12 October 2018.
Last Updated: September 11, 2018