Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is officially getting its own Battle Royale mode. Titled Blackout, the mode won't deviate from the genre norms. A massive amount of players will still battle to the death on a map that's 1,500 times bigger than Nuketown - and it'll be a survival game at its core. There are a few interesting nuances, such as including air vehicles, but for the most part, they seem to be sticking to a tried and true formula. This makes a lot of sense as the Battle Royale genre is relatively new, especially on a popular scale.
There is one big area that separates Blackout from games like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, though. That comes in the form of nostalgia, as Treyarch announced that they will be using the new mode as a celebration of Black Ops' history. Everything from past characters to iconic weapons will be fair game to appear, and they're even willing to use objects from the Zombies mode from past games. That means things can get pretty crazy if Treyarch really wants to go for it.
With that in mind, take a look at 10 key things that must return in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's battle royale mode. These aren't just nostalgia plays but rather pieces of the past that can have a real, positive impact on the new game mode. All of these inclusions would make Blackout even more interesting than it already is.
10. MQ-27 Dragonfire
This unmanned drone was a staple of Call of Duty: Black Ops II in both its campaign and multiplayer. It'd make for a sweet weapon drop (as long as it's rare) in the Battle Royale. Imagine being cornered by an enemy and then using an exploding drone to get the last laugh. There are a ton of great multiplayer possibilities here, and it will definitely add a layer of nuance to the strategy.
You might be wondering why a World War II-era action rifle is on the list considering Black Ops' more modern timeline, but the weapon appears in the flashback mission "Project Nova" in the original game. Not only would it serve as an awesome throwback to Viktor Reznov, but it'd also be an interesting gun drop. It certainly isn't as versatile as a more futuristic weapon, but battle royale games are all about getting by with what works even if it's not the most optimal load-out.
8. Guard of Fafnir
Gamers don't typically think of defensive options when thinking about Call of Duty. However, those can be an important aspect of a Battle Royale game as a good defense can be key to surviving the onslaughts of other players. The Guard of Fafnir is a build-able shield in Black Ops III and is incredibly helpful in terms of helping the player survive the zombie dragon. Some defensive abilities would definitely help balance out the game, and pave the way for some crazy comebacks.
Considering the map is going to be 1,500-times larger than Nuketown, then it doesn't seem like it's asking too much to actually include the iconic Black Ops map. It would only have to take up a small chunk of land, and there's no doubt that the nuclear weapon test site would add a ton of character to Blackout with all of its mannequins and 1950s suburban objects. With how popular the small map has been over the years, its inclusion almost seems like a given.
6. Frozen Forest
The Frozen Forest winds up being the crux of Black Ops III's story mode. It's a digital landscape that simulates life after death. Considering how Blackout will be a weird mash-up of Call of Duty history, I believe it'll take place within the Frozen Forest. Hopefully, they'll get just as weird with it as they did in the last game.
5. M2 Flamethrower
It's rarely discussed now, but the original Call of Duty: Black Ops featured a top-down shooter called Dead Ops Arcade. It was in this hidden mode that players could use a M2 Flamethrower, a weapon traditionally only seen in World War II-era titles, to burn down hordes of zombies. It returning in Blackout would be a fantastic way to reference one of the more obscure pieces of Black Ops history (while also adding a flamethrower).
4. 2025 Frank Woods
Frank Woods is awesome, even when he's getting up there on age. An old man character skin would make for a great unlock even if it doesn't exactly fit the action hero mold like his younger self. After all, who wouldn't be ashamed about getting shot by an old dude that should probably be on life support rather than running around a map filled with dozens of murderers.
3. Ray Gun
The Zombies mode certainly brings out the weirder side of Call of Duty. One of the coolest (and unrealistic) weapons are the various ray guns found within the game. As long as they aren't very common, they would be a fantastic drop to occasionally throw in a match. It could serve as the ultimate advantage, and if it's rare enough, then it'll be cool to see rather than an annoyance.
2. Matryoshka Doll
Serving as a special grenade unique to the Zombies mode, the Matryoshka Doll would certainly add some variety to the in-game action. It's essentially a cluster bomb, as one doll explodes into three additional ones. It could be the ultimate tactical grenade, and a risk to use due to its random nature.
Seen in Black Ops II, the Colossus is an awesome floating island resort. It's the ultimate vacation spot for the rich, and it'd be an awesome inclusion for Blackout. It could either be part of the map or even act as the player lobby as a match populates participants. There are a ton of different ways for Treyarch to reference it.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (2018 Video Game) release date: Oct 12, 2018