It's time to forget what you know about Call of Duty, as Activision and developer Treyarch have officially pulled the curtain back on Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and it's bringing a lot of changes to the series.
In much the same way that Rainbow Six Siege focuses on individual characters with special skills and traits, Black Ops 4 will also focus on a smaller core group of characters.
They are also releasing vehicles, a first for Call of Duty games on this scale.
Of all the military shooter franchises, Call of Duty is arguably the gun-porniest of them all, and boy oh boy, does Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII [sic] look like it's gonna continue that trend. It will be filled with 10 years' worth of characters, weapons, and features along with set pieces from different maps in the Black Ops universe such as Nuketown and Firing Range. Additionally, Zombie Rush is a brand new mode that streamlines the gameplay experience, introducing enticing new challenges to grizzled veterans, while creating a whole new tempo of gameplay for newcomers.
Players can also enlist artificial intelligence bots to fight alongside them if humans aren't available, or if you just want to practice. Battle Royale game modes have been dominating the games industry this past year and it only makes sense for Activision to jump on the bandwagon.
The Titanic-themed "Voyage of Despair" Zombies experience will usher in a new set of characters and storyline for players to enjoy. Trying to tell stories that make sense within the Call of Duty universe seems to have become increasingly hard for developers, which is exactly why modes like Zombies exist.
Treyarch tried to emphasise that the mode would still be identifiably Black Ops in style, with a faster pace than other similar games and the series' signature gunplay. However, an enterprising Reddit user took the time to count the little dots on the simulated map from the Black Ops 4 trailer and counted 140 players.
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII is published by Activision, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) and developed by award-winning developer, Treyarch, with additional development support from Raven Software and Beenox. Including, as we predicted, Battle.net integration for PC. Get a first look at Black Ops 4 multiplayer, below. The game is scheduled to launch on October 12 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. Treyarch can use Battle.net's existing infrastructure and expertise instead of dealing with the networking in-house.
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