Activision shared a ton of news about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, so let’s get right to it!
Let’s start with the most important news. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will release October 12th on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The PC version will be available exclusively on Battle.net, which is Blizzard Entertainment’s online gaming service. Fans can pre-order now, and those who do will gain access to the Private Beta (those dates will be announced at a later time).
Let’s jump to the announcement trailer and take a look at the multiplayer –
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will feature new levels of customization and tactical gameplay, and a variety of new weaponry, maps and modes. The game features the return of the Pick 10 system, along with a series of innovations in weapon controls, combat flow, health regeneration, and player movement. Black Ops 4 goes deeper than ever before in multiplayer, and explore the world of Specialists – who they are, why they exist, and what battles they fight together – while mastering their gameplay through solo and multiplayer combat experiences. Black Ops 4 features a combination of new and returning Specialists, each with their own unique weapons, equipment and playstyles. Players will be powerful alone, but devastating as a team working together.
Of course, we will have a new zombie mode –
Black Ops 4 will feature three full Zombies experiences at launch – IX, Voyage of Despair and Blood of the Dead. Black Ops 4 Zombies will feature the deep gameplay and easter eggs that fans know and love. It also includes customization, new systems for creating and completing community challenges, and social systems designed to connect players. Black Ops 4 also reintroduces difficulty levels and an in-game tutorial to onboard new players to the Zombies universe, while giving hardcore players the option of ratcheting up the challenge. 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.
And the rumors are true – Black Ops 4 will feature a new mode called Blackout – the new battle royale-style experience. Players will need to scavenge, strategize, compete and survive to win. The map is largest ever built in Call of Duty – 1,500 times bigger than Nuketown. Players will be able to play as classic characters spanning the history of the Black Ops series including the original Call of Duty Zombies Origins cast. Battling solo or in teams, players will engage in combat on the ground, air and sea vehicles. Players will encounter fan-favorite Black Ops map locations and call upon a massive arsenal of Black Ops weaponry and equipment.
For the PC, Treyarch is co-developing with Beenox, who together are working closely with Blizzard to optimize Black Ops 4 for Battle.net. 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. In addition, 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. In addition, 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 on October 12.
Ok, I know that was a ton of info, so here is what stuck out to me:
- No mention of single player campaign, which is a travesty
- Blackout mode will be absolutely huge, especially if you can play as characters from Call of Duty past
- PC gamers win as usual, especially with the uncapped framerate
What do you think of the announcement? Let us know in the comments!