Call of Duty Black Ops 4 is Activision's answer to the battle royale hype created by games like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Treyarch will be continuing as the developer of the 4th game in the Black Ops Story Arc but a lot has still changed. Black Ops 4 will not be including a single player campaign for one. It is the first instalment in the Call of Duty franchise main storylines to do so. There will still be story and lore but it will be spread around the multiplayer content. The global release is set for October 12th and will be available at least on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The PC release will be through Blizzard’s Battle.Net launcher. If the rumour is correct you will also be able to get the battle royale mode on Nintendo Switch.
The Setting of Black Ops 4 will be between Black Ops 2 and Black Ops 3. There will be some futuristic technology in play but it is said that players will not be facing any robots. Aside from the traditional Call Of Duty multiplayer, that will feature “boots on the ground” action, according to Treyarch, there will be a Co-Op Zombies Mode and the battle royale-style mode: Blackout. The multiplayer component will have ‘Solo Missions’ for players and the Zombies mode will feature three different areas to fight the undead on launch. There have been hints that the mode would expand with time with some updates as well as events. The Zombies mode can be run with ai-teammates. Major gameplay changes include a ‘fog of war’-element on the minimap that will keep the enemies hidden and the removal of health regeneration in favour of manual injections. The health pool of players has been increased to compensate.
In Black Ops 4 you can play as Specialists again, a feature introduced by Black Ops 3. Each Specialist will have their own set of abilities such as Crash, a medic class soldier that can heal his allies, or Torque who can lay down razor wire or provide improvised cover to disrupt the combat flow. Many of the Black Ops 3 specialists will also be returning, but Treyarch confirmed that they have been “totally reimagined” with new abilities. The weapons have been announced to have predictive recoil patterns to allow players to adjust and improve their aim. Whether all of these changes will be appreciated by the longtime fans of the series and how much new players will they be able to draw in remains to be seen, but Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is looking like an interesting experiment none the less.
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