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Call of Duty’s Blackout battle royale mode is free to play through April 30

Play one of the best battle royale modes around for nothing

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode, called Blackout, will be free to play all month long. The promotion starts April 2 and runs through April 30, giving players everywhere access to the mode on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Blackout launched shortly after the release of Black Ops 4, coming out in October of last year. One hundred players leap into a massive, custom-built area and scavenge for weapons, armor, and perks before going after each other in a last-man-standing war of attrition. Blackout eschews the survival game roots of the battle royale genre, replacing them instead with a fast-paced and approachable take on the formula.

In a press release, developers say that all player progress in Blackout will be saved and transferred over if players elect to purchase the full game.

The promotion coincides with the introduction of an all-new map for Blackout, based on the famous island prison Alcatraz. We’ve embedded the trailer above. Alcatraz arrives first on PS4, and is expected on other platforms at a later date.

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