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  • Black Ops 4 - No Single Player Campaign; Battle Royale Mode and BattleNet Exclusive Confirmed

    There are times where you don't actually want to believe some rumors. That's the case with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which just had its big reveal event much to the delight of Zombies, multiplayer, and battle royale fans. Sorry single player campaign fans, you aren't included in this celebration.

    That's right, Treyarch and Activision have officially killed off the single player campaign for Call of Duty. What's more is that they killed it off from the Black Ops series, which is arguably the best recent story arch the Call of Duty games have had going for it in quite some time. Instead, we have three different Zombies campaigns, the usual competitive multiplayer stuff, and a battle royale mode that we saw a total of 0 seconds of gameplay for today.

    Also, the PC release looks like it's exclusive to Battle.net with the port being handled by Beenox.

    Anyway, here's what the PlayStation Blog has to say about all of this.

    Multiplayer
    Black Ops 4 represents the deepest, team-tactical multiplayer experience we have ever delivered. It pushes the boundaries of what it means to be a Black Ops soldier. Set in the Black Ops universe between Black Ops 2 & Black Ops 3, with fast and fluid grounded combat, and player customization that elevates individual playstyles. Black Ops 4 revamps the Pick 10 system, offers a diverse Specialists roster, and introduces new elements like Gear, so players can build the best soldier for themselves. There’s also a renewed focus on rewarding team play making Black Ops 4 multiplayer a fun and intensely engaging and competitive experience to watch and play.

    Specialists return with tailored abilities that fit player types and can be applied strategically across game modes. Players can choose Specialists that create the ideal team composition – rushers for close quarters combat, long-range sharpshooters for coverage, and agile objective players to clear and contain.

    Not only are Specialists unique in themselves, their abilities can be creatively combined for explosive gameplay that is unlike anything Call of Duty has ever seen. Be a badass on your own or join a team and achieve more together than you ever could alone – all to suit your playstyle.

    Additionally, Black Ops 4 delivers more character depth than ever before in the multiplayer universe, allowing new and returning players the ability to learn and master each of the Specialists in solo missions. These missions feature a series of fast-paced trials that give a hands-on introduction to the new and returning Specialists, while sharing information about their identities and backgrounds, inside of a Black Ops narrative.



    Zombies
    Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Call of Duty Zombies, we’re going all out and delivering the biggest launch day offering ever with three full Zombies experiences: IX, Voyage of Despair, and Blood of the Dead. With an exciting new adventure and a brand-new cast of characters, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Zombies will feature the deep gameplay and Easter eggs that its rabid community of fans have come to expect. And the fun and replayability with the undead are taken to a new level with our Zombies version of customized gameplay, called Custom Mutations.







    Blackout
    Blackout combines the signature Black Ops combat, characters, weapons, gadgets, equipment, and locations, with the largest map by an order of magnitude in Call of Duty history. With its smooth, fluid combat, players will insert themselves into the action, scavenge, strategize, and compete against others with the ultimate goal of being the final survivor. Played solo, or with teams, players will engage in combat complete with air, ground, and water vehicles in a mode that’s all about Black Ops, and unlike anything else.


    An important addition to Blackout is the fact that it will feature the "largest map ever built in Call of Duty." They say it's "1,500 times bigger than Nuketown," which actually isn't really saying much at all. 1,500 times the area? 1,500 times the polygon count? Nuketown is literally the size of the very tip of a cul-de-sac, so that's not saying much at all.

    I've embedded some new trailers for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 multiplayer, the "IX" campaign for Zombies, the "Voyage of Despair" Zombies campaign, the "Blood of the Dead" Zombies campaign, and the introduction to the Blackout battle royale mode that shows off zero gameplay. There is also a trailer with some Blizzard employees talking up Battle.net, which you can find below.

    Black Ops 4 for the PC delivers a fully-optimized experience, which for the first time in Call of Duty’s history will be available exclusively on Battle.net, Blizzard Entertainment’s online gaming service. For the PC, Treyarch is co-developing with Beenox. Black Ops 4 represents the largest development team assembled for a PC title in the series. Black Ops 4 on PC will have uncapped framerate, 4K resolution and HDR, support for ultra-wide monitors and the ability for players to extensively customize the performance and visual quality for their specific hardware.

    PC players will be able to select from pre-set control options, including options for left-handed players, or fully customize the keyboard and mouse controls to their preference. Additionally, Treyarch and Beenox worked closely with the team at Blizzard to incorporate Battle.net’s social systems, security, and server stability into Black Ops 4, to prepare for the release on Battle.net.


    Black Ops 4 will be released on October 12.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Black Ops 4 - No Single Player Campaign; Battle Royale Mode and BattleNet Exclusive Confirmed started by Shawn Zipay View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. cikame's Avatar
      cikame -
      Ugh.
      I've been a COD defender this entire time, it doesn't deserve most of the shit it gets, but as soon as i saw hero abilities making a return from Black Ops 3 i gave up.
      BLOPS3 was good, it had a good campaign, a weird zombie version of the campaign, good maps in the multiplayer, and they reigned in the jump jet stuff from AW to a level i could get behind, CODWW2 plays well enough but i hesitate to compare it to other titles, its map design and balance are so terrible it just doesn't play like COD's i've enjoyed in the past, i'm enjoying completing contracts for loot boxes and the occasional killing sprees with overpowered weapons, but i'm looking for a better designed game now, and the overpowered hero abilities from BLOPS3 are not the answer.

      Given the multiplayer only scope of this game the PC version better be something remarkable, you can feel the console roots of every title after COD2, and if we're going to be dealing with powerful abilities it better be balanced separate from the console version.
    1. jimykx's Avatar
      jimykx -
      I have been giving call of duty shit since COD MW3, and while I thought it was an unoriginal joke that they would replace the SP with a battleroyale game mode, it actually is the first time that I have felt interested in a COD game since WaW
    1. AzaleaBC's Avatar
      AzaleaBC -
      Apparently the setting is earlier than Blops3, so the hero stuff should be more combat appropriate eg. R6 Siege as opposed to Overwatch, with no double jump / wall run etc BS. Remains to be seen as it will still be more Michael Bay than Tom Clancy of course.
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