Treyarch has announced that a Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Blackout free trial period is coming to all of its platforms, likely to help drum up more interest in the already-popular battle royale newcomer. The period will run from January 17 to January 24, a full week that will allow you to get a lot of play time in.
The Blackout free trial period will apparently include everything that’s already available in the paid Blackout mode, including all of the characters, weapons, vehicles, and gear. Each different version of the trial will probably be available from the platforms they’re on, such as the Xbox Store, Playstation Store, and Steam.
Various other multiplayer-focused games like Overwatch have briefly held free weekends or week periods that allow players the opportunity to not only experience the game to see if they like it, but also pick up the game at half price. Whether the Blackout free trial period will be something similar, or is instead the beginnings of a free-to-play version of Blackout separate from Black Ops 4 itself.
With Blackout being so popular, and with the possibility of the game being sustained by free-to-play microtransactions such as emotes and skins a la Fortnite, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest a free to play version may be coming. However, this could simply be a way to get people interested in the mode, and Black Ops 4 will be getting a discount.
Either way, if you’ve been hearing a lot about Blackout but aren’t necessarily sold on buying an entire game for it, the Blackout free trial that’s coming on Thursday might be just the thing to settle the debate for you. And, if Black Ops 4 gets a discount to make it easier to buy, and you end up liking Blackout, you’ve got the perfect opportunity to buy it.