Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Battle Royale game mode will be called Blackout Image: Activision
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's (CoD: BO4) much-anticipated Battle Royale mode may have a cap of 60 players per game, lower than the 100 generally seen in popular Battle Royale titles such as Fortnite, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), H1Z1 etc.
The reports are based on an image leaked on Reddit, which shows that the game mode, dubbed Blackout, will support a maximum of 60 players. It also shows that players can join the game in parties consisting of 12 players.
If the screenshot proves to be genuine, we may see five teams of 12 players each, similar to the 20-member-parties in Fortnite's 20vs20 or PUBG's War game mode.
Do note, the leaks are unconfirmed at best and even if they turn out to be true, the configuration may very well change when the game launches officially on October 12, this year.
The screenshot leaked on Reddit Image: reddit
CoD: BO4 will forgo the traditional single-player campaign, with developers Treyarch deciding to focus heavily on multiplayer aspects. Unsurprisingly, the Battle Royale mode was included on the back of its unprecedented success in multiplayer game modes.
During the reveal party, Treyarch and publishers Activision revealed CoD:BO4 will be bigger than anything seen in the series before but looks like they might have been referring to map sizes. Popular Battle Royale games such as PUBG, Fortnite and H1Z1 can support up to 100 players per game. UK-based developers Automation Games's upcoming Battle Royale title Mavericks: Proving Grounds can reportedly support up to 1000 players per game.
But a lower player cap, if it happens, may not be a deal breaker for CoD. The smaller numbers and bigger maps may help the gameplay incorporate strategic elements and an aspect of realism which can help it stand out from the helter-skelter rushed combat common in virtually all Battle Royale games out there right now.
CoD: BO4 will be available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.