CoD: Black Ops 4 'Blackout' Mode Will Feature "Deployment Zone" Practice Area as Pre-Game Lobby - Dexerto
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CoD: Black Ops 4 ‘Blackout’ Mode Will Feature “Deployment Zone” Practice Area as Pre-Game Lobby

Published: 7/Sep/2018 22:50

by Albert Petrosyan


As with nearly every other battle royale, the ‘Blackout’ mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will feature a practice area before each match.

This deployment area will be where players who have queued up for a match will wait for the lobby to fill up before the main match starts.


The area will be full of weapons, equipment, and other in-game items that players will have the chance to test out and practice with while they wait. 

Treyarch Co-Studio Head Dan Bunting and Studio Design Director David Vonderhaar previewed this deployment area in a special Blackout Private Beta stream on September 7.


“You actually wingsuit into the staging area at the beginning [just the last bits of it] so you get the experience of wingsuiting in, but it’s just for fun. That area is waiting, trying to fill up the game. 

“Transport copter […]  You’re flying over, and you decide where to drop. And then wingsuiting, it’s a pretty simple experience. In general, we have it set up and tuned right now where you can mostly point towards where you want to go. You can’t make it exactly across the whole map, but you can get pretty far.”

As mentioned in the clip above, players will be dropped into the staging area from the sky, giving them a chance to try out and test gliding with their new wingsuits that they will be equipped with at the start of matches. 

Once the lobby does reach full capacity, which is currently set at 80 players, the players will be escorted via choppers to the map and will get to land at the spot of their choosing.

Players can try out the Blackout mode early as the Private Beta goes live on the Playstation 4 on September 10, and on the Xbox One and PC on September 14, with it ending for all platforms on September 17. 


For everything you should know about Blackout, visit our information hub here

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How to get free Texas Chainsaw Massacre emblem & calling card in Warzone

Published: 19/Oct/2020 21:18 Updated: 19/Oct/2020 21:22

by Tanner Pierce


Activision has officially unveiled all the details about the Haunting of Verdansk event coming to Call of Duty: Warzone, and it’s going to be packed with spooky content. To celebrate, Lionsgate is offering special Texas Chainsaw Massacre-themed content for the game, and we’ve got the details on how to unlock them.

After being leaked around a week ago, Activision has finally unveiled its Saw and Texas Chainsaw Massacre crossovers in Warzone. Players will soon be able to purchase bundles based on the two horror franchises in the in-game store for around $20, and they both come with the usual suspects: ew Operators skins, weapon blueprints, emotes, etc.


Players will also be able to get their hands on a couple of items themed around the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise without having to put down any cash or COD points at all if they follow some simple steps.

How to unlock the Texas Chainsaw Massacre emblem & calling card?

Unlocking these items is simple – you don’t have to do anything within the actual Modern Warfare or Warzone application to earn them. Instead, just get on their computer or mobile device, go to the film franchise’s main website and follow some easy steps in order to get a free emblem and calling card:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the “Proceed” button that pops up near the bottom of the screen.
  3. After the images and text, enter your email where provided.
  4. Click submit.
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If players want to get their hands on Texas Chainsaw Massacre-themed items, they’ll have to follow the steps below.

After that point, Activision will send you a code for the emblem and calling card within two weeks. It is interesting to note, however, that the fine print on the website says it’ll be available in-game after November 9, 2020, which would technically be three weeks from the announcement, so it’s unknown what the case actually is.

We also don’t technically have a peek at either the calling card or emblem, so it’s anyone’s best guess as to what it actually looks like in-game. More than likely, it’ll be similar to the image seen on the site – but that’s pure speculation at this point.

We’ll update this article with more details and images when they become available.