After weeks, of rumors and speculation, on March 8th, Activision unveiled Black Ops 4 as 2018’s Call of Duty title. Black Ops 4 will arrive for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 12th this year. Everyone was surprised by the release timing because usually it’s a November release for a Call of Duty title. It was livestreamed on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, and other Social Media sites. Facebook, Instagram, the works.
So, there you have it, a teaser followed by a silhouette of footage from the Black Ops series. It completes the logo, then draws attention to “Global Launch – October 12” and then “Community Event – May 17.”
It was met with speculation, questions, rumors. Everything you could come up with. Including “No Traditional Campaign.” After that, rumors erupted amid reports that Activision made that call to not do traditional Campaign, because it was a little “out there.” I thought, “So what? Doesn’t the developers love Metal Gear Solid V?” I remember a tweet where one of the developers that Activision owns, said he was playing MGSV, and loves it. I thought to myself at that point: “Inspired yet? Go on. Make something like that.” However, on May 17th, the game was revealed, and that question still remained until Polygon conducted an interview with Treyarch about the very subject. They said the following about whether campaign was intended or omitted from the game…
“When we set out to make this game, we never started with the idea that we would make a traditional campaign. That was just not part of our plan. We started from a place that we were gonna make a game that across the board can be playable with friends. That’s been our mission from day one.” Dan Bunting, Co-Head at Treyarch
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was revealed on May 17th, with a lot of information. If you missed the reveal or the livestream; No worries, it’s below…
What is Black Ops 4? It’s still a Call of Duty title. It’s still that arcade First Person Shooter. However, Treyarch is changing the formula up in many ways. In fact, the tagline for the game is “Forget what you know.” During the Livestream, there was no mention of a Single Player, or even opened with a Single Player trailer. That has changed. The only thing that was shown, that remotely resembles a story, is this trailer…
Rumors and Speculation are pointing to Single Player being regulated and peeled back to missions where you have to learn a particular move, perk, equipment, or whatever in order to “progress” in the game. Other speculation is that the story may be told through player profiles as seen in Black Ops 3. Though, nothing is confirmed at the moment with regards to this. Treyarch is being cryptic with the story of Black Ops 4.
What about Multiplayer? Multiplayer is where most of the changes are taking place. Activision and Treyarch unveiled Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 with a multiplayer reveal right out of the gate. A lot of new features were revealed in the reveal trailer, and then the livestream. Treyarch said they made a lot of changes to the overall multiplayer experience…
Now, I don’t have to tell you that the bulk of Call of Duty players – they play Multiplayer. Treyarch says this is the most ambitious multiplayer they’ve (Treyarch) ever built. The game has tighter gunplay, more rounded combat, more fluid gameplay, and an authentic military experience. The game takes place between the events of Black Ops 2 and 3. Therefore, there is NO Thrust Jumps, NO Wall Running, and the game is entirely, completely “boots on the ground,” completely tactical, completely “guns up.”
Specialists return, but they too, are completely tactical. Each specialist still have their own “special” ability in the game, but they also come with “Special Issue” Equipment. These equipments replace the old Tactical Equipment slot for things like Grendades, Smoke grenades, Gas grenades, etc. Pick 10 return, but in a big way that helps you customize your loadouts.
The biggest change in gameplay is the weapons. Each Weapon is customizable. Completely customizable. Bumper Stocks? You can customize your weapons to include bumper stocks. You want extended mags? Pop it right in. There’s a new slot in attachments, too – called “Operator Mods.” However, there are also gameplay enhancements that come from re-imagined weapon design at Treyarch. Not only did the weapon animation improve, the hit detection from the weapon to the target has improved. The designers are calling the new weapon shots “Predictive Recoil.” In the past, recoil was one dimension. It was too linear. In the demostration, the predictive recoil spreads the weapon shots “all over the place” so that not every shot is going to shoot the same way. Every weapon will shoot differently, and every shot will act differently, every gun fight will feel different each time. Taking fire behind walls or objects will show from your side, too. Meaning, each shot will tell you where YOUR enemy is. That means, each ricochet will bring with it dust or sparks to tell you where your enemy is.
And the thing is – you can change your recoil on the fly without being bogged down in a enemy fight.
The health system also received a change. So, no longer will you regenerate automatically, you have a specific Stim shot to regenerate your health.
Anything else? You thought that was it? No. Meet Black Out.
Not much information has been released about Black Out other that it’s “Battle Royale the Black Ops way!” Activision says the Battle Royale experience they’re making is massive, and about 1,500 times bigger than Nuketown. Rumor is BlackOut can hold 140 players concurrently. By comparison, this is about 3 times the size of the maximum amount of players Call of Duty typically can hold in a match – the maximum amount of players in a Call of Duty match was either 32 or 48 players in a single match. Treyarch confirms that the regular multiplayer matches are 5 vs 5 (10 players), and only one specialist can be chosen during a match, but this may change in the future based on beta feedback and whatnot.
Wait a minute, did I just say beta? Yup. In August, you will be able to get your hands on Black Ops 4 Beta!
You can either pre-order here, or go to your favorite retailer nationwide or worldwide. However, if you pre-order Black Ops 4 digitally on PlayStation 4, and you own Black Ops 3, you can get remastered maps now…
In any case, BlackOut has 10 Years of Black Ops features, favorite weapons, characters, maps, all in one place with VEHICLES! It’ll also have Zombies cast, weapons and gear since Battle Royale games are all about survival. I also think Treyarch will do more special events other than Zombies in Battle Royale. It’s been hinted in the other stand-alone Zombies videos…
Codename “IX” (Nine/9)
That is the first of 3 zombies stories, and maps that will ship alongside Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Treyarch also unveiled features for the Zombies side of the game, and they are…
Custom Mutation: You can customize how you play Zombies through custom mutations. This means, you can have Zombies run fast, eat faster, become more powerful, throw projectiles, and so on. And with these options, you can share them with the world. Basically your Map Editor, only with zombies.
Callings: You can participate in missions with your crew, or with the world. These challenges give you many ways to compete with others. There will be updates, and surprises along the way..
Zombie Rush: Play Co-Op, or play solo in this horde-like mode where zombies come at you in waves, much like the previous Zombies modes.
Difficulty levels: Another option in the zombies mode is that you can select difficulty levels to take on easy challenges, or tough, or hard-as-nails challenges.
Voyage of Despair
Blood of the Dead
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is slated to be released worldwide on October 12, 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The PC version is being handled by Beenox. However, Treyarch is working with both Beenox, and Blizzard Entertainment to create the most robust, the most featured packed, and the most enjoyable Call of Duty experience on PC. Black Ops 4 is the first Call of Duty title to take advantage of Blizzard’s Battle.net features. The game is available only on the Battle.net platform, in fact.