Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Battle Royale mode may only support 60 players. The upcoming installment will forgo a campaign but will include the series’ first Battle Royale mode. But at a rumored 60 player cap, it could be lower than other Battle Royale games currently on the market.
The decision to include a Battle Royale mode, titled Blackout, in the next Call of Duty came as no surprise. The genre has taken the gaming world by storm. Adding their own take on the mode to the COD franchise is a smart move in terms of keeping the series interesting as it prepares to release its fifteenth game. While no amount has been confirmed for the maximum number of players, 100 seemed likely, considering the total number supported in other Battle Royale modes like those of Fortnite, PUBG, and H1Z1. But an alleged leaked photo has fans wondering if Blackout’s servers fall short of the magic number.
The rumor started when a screenshot was released (via WCCF Tech), suggesting that Black Ops 4 will support up to 60 players online. The same screenshot also puts parties at a max of 12 players. Should both these numbers prove correct, this implies a game mode of 5 teams of 12, similar to 20vs20 in PUBG and Fortnite. The unconfirmed leak could, in fact, be a convincing fake. Until an official player count is made, fans should approach the photo with a bit of skepticism.
Game developer Treyarch stated at a Black Ops reveal party their plan to make the game mode bigger than anything previously seen in the series. They could have been referencing to the size of the Blackout map, which will be 1500 times larger than Nuketown. Treyarch said that the final number would fit COD’s playstyle, which has always favored a lower player count. Even if they surpass any amount previously seen in the series, they could still end up nowhere near the 100 players mark.
The lower player count may have come as a surprise to fans expecting Black Ops 4’s Battle Royale to follow in the footsteps of other games in the same genre. But the 60-player count, if true, might not be a bad thing. The lower player counts in COD have worked in favor of the franchise’s style. Increasing the number to imitate other game modes could sacrifice some of the signature COD experience. By not following the formula, Blackout may stand apart from other Battle Royale modes. With so much competition, being different could work in the game’s favor.
Source: WCCF Tech