I’ve been critical of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 ever since it was reported that the game would not feature single-player. I always thought that the studio planned on releasing a single-player campaign post-launch but last week, it was officially revealed that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will not have a single-player campaign at all. Instead, Treyarch is opting to include missions similar to the ones in Rainbow Six Siege which allows players to learn how to play as specific operators. In a break from tradition, the Call of Duty franchise is focusing on multiplayer modes, and while I should feel angry (as someone who primarily enjoys single-player experiences), I’m surprisingly optimistic about the upcoming installment of the popular franchise. In fact, after watching the trailer for some of the modes, I think this could be the most ambitious and exciting Call of Duty game yet.
In addition to single-player campaigns, I look forward to the zombies mode every single year. Each installment adopts a specific theme. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare featured a zany 80’s inspired zombies campaign while last year’s Call Of Duty WW2 had a mode that fully embraced the horror genre, set in an alternate Wolrd War 2 timeline. They’re unpredictable and a lot of fun with a trustworthy group of friends. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is changing things up once again by including three unique zombies campaigns.
The first one titled IX takes place in ancient Rome, and has players use ancient weaponry to fight the undead. Blood of the Dead brings back the protagonists from the Zombies mode featured in the original Call of Duty: Black Ops. Finally, Voyage of Despair, the coolest looking zombies campaign, takes place on the Titanic before the famous boat sinks. Each of these Zombies campaigns will feature full storylines, and they look vastly different from each other. As someone who loves the Zombies modes, I can’t wait to spend countless hours experiencing all that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has to offer. I admire the fact that Treyarch is trying something completely different this time around.
While single-player is important to me, trying new things is also welcome. I like that Treyarch didn’t use the same formula. While they borrowed gameplay aspects and maps from previous installments, the reveal event showed that there are so many new mechanics this time around. Specialists add a unique variety to the gameplay. Similar to the operators found in Rainbow Six Siege, specialists each bring an ability that can help your team and severely hinder the enemy. The Call of Duty franchise started to become stale so switching up how Black Ops 4 will be played is a win for all gamers.
The most interesting reveal in the event was the Blackout mode. It had been rumored for months that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 would feature a Battle Royale mode. At first, I was concerned. The Battle Royale genre has become so popular, and I feel like we’ve already reached an oversaturation point, but once again, Treyarch somehow made me care about its take on the game type. The fact that the map is the largest the studio has ever built, and that it’s 1,500 times bigger than Nuketown piques my interest. Not only that, there will be influences from a decade of the Call Of Duty: Black Ops franchise. Another fascinating tidbit from the Blackout reveal is that there will be air, land, and sea vehicles. Currently, of the most popular games in the genre, only PlayerUnknown’s Batllegrounds features vehicles, and in that game’s case, they’re confined to land. We don’t know how many players will be included in this mode (the norm is 100) but the studio’s take on the genre is ambitious, and I can’t wait to try it out.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a game that I dismissed almost immediately when I heard that a single-player campaign was unlikely. In an industry where single-player games are slowly becoming less popular, seeing one of the biggest franchises focus solely on multiplayer saddened me. It’s understandable from a business standpoint, but I wondered if the decision was smart. After today’s reveal, I’m taking back everything negative I said about the game. Treyarch is a talented studio, and it’s clear that they thought long and hard about how to make Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 a memorable installment. While we won’t be able to play the game until October 12th, with a traditional multiplayer mode, three full Zombies campaigns, and a Battle Royale mode, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 looks like a fantastic bundle. I could very well be wrong when the game launches, but for now, Activision and Treyarch have convinced me to give the game a shot.