Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Release Date And Everything We Know So Far
The most recent installment of the AAA franchise, Call of Duty, took us back to the game's roots and put players in the midst of World War II. But, it’s time to move on and Activision has announced the newest installment in the Call of Duty series, Black Ops IIII. We’re not entirely sure why it’s titled Black Ops IIII and not Black Ops IV, but I can assure you that it’s not a typo.
Here's everything we know so far:
Black Ops 4 is set between Black Ops 2 and Black Ops 3, so it’s a modern game that takes place in the near future. That means modern weapons and advanced, or at least current technology. Speaking of weapons, Black Ops 4 employs an all-new weapons attachment and a modding system that will benefit players that like to pick their favorite weapon and stick with it. Investing the time to master your weapon of choice will be a necessity.
There are other, seemingly small game changes that are likely to have a big impact on overall gameplay. Most notably, healing is no longer automatic. Players must use a dedicated button to instigate healing, leaving themselves vulnerable. There will also be a medic class that specializes in healing. The popular Pick 10 system is also returning to the game, to the delight of many players.
In addition, Black Ops 4 offers some major changes in the overall experience. First, and perhaps most notably, the single-player campaign has been nixed completely in this installment and the multi-player game has expanded with Battle Royale style competition, titled Blackout. Blackout features the largest map ever in a Call of Duty game, 1,500 times larger than Nuketown. Clearly, the game’s developers are looking to tap into the overwhelmingly popular Battle Royale market.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Call of Duty's Zombies, the game has expanded the on the concept. At launch, there will be three fully realized zombie experiences: IX, Voyage of Despair, and Blood of the Dead. Black Ops 4 Zombies features new systems for creating and completing community challenges, social systems designed to connect players, as well as the popular Easter eggs. Difficulty levels and in-game tutorials have been reintroduced to the zombie universe.
Finally, the PC version of Black Ops 4 is being fully optimized for Battle.net, thanks to co-developers Treyarch and Beenox’s collaboration with Blizzard. An uncapped frame rate, 4K resolution and HDR, and easy customization for each player’s hardware, as well as Battle.net’s social systems, security, and server stability are thanks to this partnership.
“Black Ops 4 is by far the most ambitious title our team has ever created,” said Dan Bunting, Co-Studio Head, Treyarch. “At its core, Black Ops has always been about challenging convention and boldly taking our gameplay in new directions. With Black Ops 4, we’ve designed an experience for all play styles and skill levels from casual to competitive. It brings a layer of tactical depth that rewards players for mastery, and just feels so good to play.”
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is coming October 12, 2018.
Watch the Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 multiplayer reveal trailer: