While Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's Season 1 has been pushed back until December 16 (coincidentally avoiding the release of Cyberpunk 2077), players were still treated to a whopping update earlier this week.
This pre-Season 1 update was intended to resolve a number of issues and bugs that have cropped up in Black Ops Cold War since its release, although it appears a new error may now have appeared, and it only affects Xbox players.
If you're seeing a 'Blackout Trial has ended' message while trying to start up the latest in the Call of Duty franchise, here's what you need to know.
What is 'Blackout Trial has ended' error?
The 'Blackout Trial has ended' error is a particular issue in the fact that Blackout was the Battle Royale mode available in Treyarch's previous Call of Duty game, Black Ops 4. It is not available in Black Ops Cold War, an understandable omission given the rise of Warzone over the past nine months.
This error will prompt those who see it it to either 'Buy the Full Game', taking them to a blank shop page, or to Exit. Essentially, this error is blocking those unfortunate enough to receive it from being able to play Call of Duty.
It's unknown what prompted this error to start occurring, but given the Blackout is not available in Cold War, it's likely this is a result of leftover code transferred from Black Ops 4 not being properly optimised.
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How to fix 'Blackout Trial Has Ended' error
Following complaints across various social media channels, Xbox officially responded to the Blackout Trial error on Twitter.
According to the Xbox Support team, installing any missing content should resolve the Blackout Trial error. To do this, you should:
- Select 'Manage Games & Add-Ons' from your Xbox Dashboard
- Click on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- Check that all content packs are installed
- Restart the game
Hopefully, by following these steps you should be able to resolve the Blackout Trial issue. If it still keeps occurring which, given the replies to Xbox Support's tweet, seems like it could be, we'd recommend waiting for a more permanent fix, or reinstalling Black Ops Cold War.