If you’re curious about Activision’s take on battle royale, the Blackout mode found in Black Ops 4, but haven’t yet taken the financial plunge, you’re in luck. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, or a significant portion of it, is free-to-play for the rest of April. And not just on a platform or two, on all of them. Whether you’re a glorious PC gamer, a PlayStation acolyte or a filthy Xbox One spawn-camper, you can drop into Blackout for free for the rest of the month. Terms and Conditions apply… Obviously.
Those conditions aren’t too onerous, though. All you need is a PSN or Xbox Live subscription — the thing that gets you access to multiplayer on Sony and Microsoft’s consoles. That’s it. You don’t have to sign your life away to Acti, although they’re obviously hoping the ‘first one’s free’ approach will hook a few more paying players. Hey, it worked for that guy who used to hang around outside the pool bar when… actually, never mind that.
Players who decide to purchase the full game at a later stage will have the progress they make during this free month ported over to a full version of the game, according to Activision. The move coincides with the launch of a new map for the online shooter. Alcatraz is the place, a close-quarters take on battle royale, and it’ll be playable during the free period. It’s currently available for PlayStation 4 gamers, with the Xbox One and PC getting it a little later.