Call of Duty Black Ops 4 – A Different Take on an Established Formula

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Well then, that’s a thing.

Activision just revealed new information on Call of Duty Black Ops 4 and it was honestly…a bit strange.  So, there will be no “real” campaign, instead it will be mission-specific and will help players get acclimated to the various specialists in the game.  Acting in a similar fashion like EA’s Battlefield 1, in which every mission felt like a tutorial on the different gameplay variations found during the game.  A new zombie campaign was announced, which looks to be build upon the already excellent zombie survival mode that has been heavily featured in almost every recent Call of Duty release.   There was a heavy multiplayer emphasis in all the reveals and this was to be expected as that has been the franchises biggest selling point.

Oh, and there is a new Battle Royale mode.  It was rumored for months as the genre has exploded recently with everyone trying to get a piece of the pie.  It was only a matter of time before a major franchise dipped its toes in the water and with Call of Duty’s inclusion, it should give every other Battle Royale title a run for their money.  Titled “Blackout Mode”, it is being described as the largest multiplayer map ever conceived in a Call of Duty game and it will combine the gameplay aspects found during the Black Ops series but in a Battle Royale setting.  Developer Treyarch looks to be all in and the inclusion of special abilities and armored vehicles, including attack helicopters, show that they want to be more than just a participant, thy want to be a market leader.

Black Ops 4 releases on October 12 for PC, PS4, and the Xbox One.  While the lack of a true campaign is an area of concern, the various multiplayer modes may make up for it.  For now, I’ll remain cautiously optimistic.

 

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