The new battle royale mode for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be free to play from now until April 30th. The promotion is available to players on PC, Xbox One, and PS4, although PS4 players will be getting the game a little earlier.
The battle royale mode is also introducing a new map, Alcatraz, during the same time period.
Activision has released a trailer for the promotion that highlights gameplay on both the new and classic Blackout maps. The Alcatraz map is designed to be smaller and faster paced than the classic Blackout experience, allowing players to compete in four teams of ten rather than the typical 100 player PvE.
Alcatraz also differs from classic Blackout by allowing players to respawn back into the map, having teams spawn in from random locations rather than drop in from the helicopter, and allowing players to find new weapons guaranteed at certain locations. Alcatraz is also more focused on close-range combat due to its relative lack of open space.
Players who already have Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be able to play Blackout for free from the copy of the game they already have, but players who don't already own the full game can download Blackout Free Access from the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 website. Players who download Blackout Free Access, and then opt to buy the full game, will have all of their progress transfer over to the full copy after the end of the month.
Having free access to Blackout is no doubt good news to those who want to try the battle royale without having to purchase the full game, however, some season pass holders are angry about Blackout Free Access because they feel like they've wasted their money.
It's true that Blackout Free Access doesn't give any further incentives to season pass holders, however, we're only one day into the promotion. There's still almost a full month for developers to add new content and perks, and since season passes are so lucrative there's really no reason not to add incentives for those that hold them.
For more information, check out the Call of Duty website.