While Warzone has managed to cement itself as one of the most popular battle royale titles in the genre, it wasn't Call of Duty's first foray into BR games. As part of Black Ops 4 which was released in 2018, Blackout was the third game mode that featured alongside multiplayer and Zombies. The battle royale proved a huge hit amongst the community, with many putting all of their time into Blackout as opposed to the more traditional multiplayer.
Despite its immense popularity, Blackout never really lived up to its potential, with the developers opting not to launch the BR as a standalone, free-to-play title which ultimately saw the vast majority of Blackout players switch to Warzone to get their battle royale fix. While some say that Blackout was a better game than Warzone, streamer Michael 'Shroud' Grzesiek claims that Raven has learned many lessons from the mistakes of Blackout.
Raven Software Learned A Lot From Blackout
On July 17th, the popular streamer and former Counter-Strike pro returned to Warzone and upon dropping into Rebirth Island, he soon realised that the map was extremely familiar to the Alcatraz map that first appeared in Blackout. He went on to express his fondness of Blackout before revealing how a lack of accessibility led the game to slowly lose its traction in favour of Warzone.
That s**t was fun. Yeah, Blackout was sick," explained the streamer. "Unfortunately, it didn't have cross-play, if it had cross-play it would still be here, and if it was free I think, that would be the bigger one," he added.
"That's what they (Raven Software) learned with this game (Warzone)," Shroud stated. "They learned that free plus micro-transactions is a W."
With the days of Blackout seemingly over, the debate over which Call of Duty battle royale is considered to be the best is still ongoing as Raven Software continues to provide regular updates and brand-new content to keep the game feeling fresh. It won't be long before Warzone changes significantly once again, with leaks revealing that the battle royale will be supported through the release of COD 2021 reportedly titled Vanguard. As long as Raven keeps making these changes, Warzone will be around for a lot longer than Blackout ever was.