Black Ops 4 won't have campaign, battle royale confirmed
- Noel Watkins
Treyarch Director David Vonderhaar didn't bother to hide the fact that Black Ops 4's new blackout mode is a direct response to the success of last-man-standing multiplayer shooters like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite.
Black Ops 4 lead writer Craig Houston says the new Zombies story will "introduce us to ancient order, hellbent on transforming the world to fit their nefarious agenda". New types of enemies will present unique challenges, as well.
There's another big part of what makes Fortnite so popular that Black Ops 4 isn't going to be able to match: Fortnite is free. They are shoving a multiplayer experience down our throats that many don't care for, despite the success of other battle royale games.
But that's not the only way to play in Black Ops 4's Zombies. It's a little out there for Call of Duty, but for those anxious things are getting too wacky, Treyarch is also promising Black Ops 4 will be a "boots on the ground" experience with thrust jumps and wall running being scrapped. This means that you'll nearly always still be able to shoot even if you're calling in a scorestreak, mantling, or throwing a grenade. Specialists are back. There will be both new and old specialists for tactical advantages.
More Customization - In Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, Zombies will be the most customizable experience to-date, giving players access to customizable options that allow players to change the fundamental rules and systems of the Zombies gameplay experience.
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Though the game doesn't have a traditional campaign, story elements are woven into each of the multiplayer modes. "More fun than you've ever had". Yet, now we know that they exist and, more or less, how they'll function-to a certain point. It's one of several sub-modes expanding Zombies gameplay. Chairman of Treyarch, Mark Lamia, stated they are injecting narrative into each of the modes instead. How this will be monetized has yet to be revealed but expect skins/lootboxes/unlockables and DLC to be purchasable. Of course, we still have yet to see the rest of the package and how it comes together (looking at you, Blackout) but our time will eventually come over the next few months. Activision hitching its auto to the battle royale train could end up being the best Call of Duty decision in years or end up as just another flash in the pan.
There will be land, sea and air vehicles in the game along with other traps, zombies and RC XDs.
Overall, it looks like it has plenty of the same near-future gadgetry as "Black Ops III", just without any of the wall-running antics.
As for the game's bread and butter, the core player vs. player multiplayer experience has seen some revamps, as well.
If you want to rewatch the event, you can go ahead and check out the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Twitch channel.
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