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How Call of Duty's Blackout battle royale is faring amid greater competition

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Apr 12, 2019 10:15 AM 1+ week ago

How Call of Dutys Blackout battle royale is faring amid greater competition

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 made a big splash when it debuted last fall. It had the first Call of Duty battle royale map with Blackout, and it had a much larger Zombies experience as well. But battle royale is more competitive than ever, and Call of Duty must contend with competitors like Apex Legends, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Fortnite, and Battlefield V.

That's why Activision's Treyarch studio is focusing a lot more attention on updates and live operations, such as the addition of the Alcatraz battle royale map, which concentrates a lot of players in a single map. It includes innovations like the ability to respawn five times and dispenses with a plane drop.

I talked with Treyarch's game design experts, Tony Flame and Matt Scronce, about their roles in designing the new battleground for Call of Duty.

Tony Flame: I'm ...

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