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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout free trial announced

Activision have announced, via the official Call of Duty Twitter account, that the battle royale game mode for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be free to play for a week beginning January 17, 2019.

Blackout is one of the best battle royale experiences on the market to date. The combination of Call of Duty shooter gameplay with the battle royale genre has created a mode that’s become incredibly popular. However, Blackout is currently only available as part of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on all platforms except PC. On PC customers can buy the Battle Edition which excludes Zombies mode.

With so many games releasing during the holiday period it’s easy to understand why some people haven’t played Blackout yet, particularly with a release such as Red Dead Redemption 2. But from the 17th of January until the 24th of January anyone will be able to download and experience Blackout for free.

With Fortnite still proving to be popular among gamers it’s easy to see why Activision want to push their battle royale title. The game mode offers a far more compact experience with new twists on the genre, including zombie-filled areas with chests that contain the best loot.

The barrier to playing Blackout has always been the price consumers must pay for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The game contains three distinct modes, two of which don’t relate to battle royale at all. Some consumers may see the purchase as a little pointless given that they’d only play about a third of the title, having paying full price for it.

This free trial will give those who didn’t buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 a chance to experience the game mode, but may not persuade them entirely to invest in the game. Blackout has been reviewed as one of the best battle royale games on the market, so it could be an opportunity for many to try it out before buying it.

Even if consumers buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 after playing this free trial they still won’t have access to the full game mode experience. The season pass for Black Ops 4 adds new content to Blackout, and would require consumers spending even more money on the game that they may only play a third of.

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