It seems battle royale has put a Blackout on Call of Duty's signature campaign mode, leaving those looking for a story with their shooties nothing more than an "expanded narrative universe" in the multiplayer game.
With Blackout, Treyarch confirmed long-held rumors that the newest "Call of Duty" would feature a battle royale mode along the lines of mega-popular games like "Fortnite". That's it. Battle Royale is a fad and the Black Ops 4 battle royale mode is a mistake.
It's the year of the Black Ops as Activision has just unveiled Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, the latest entry in their massive annualised shooter franchise. How do the Black Ops 4 multiplayer mechanics tie together? This is a huge deal for the series, considering that every single release has featured a single player campaign since the very beginning. Game Design Director David Vonderhaar stated they had to "be unique in a way only Black Ops could do", which explains the injection of Black Ops lore and mashup of different maps. The Black Ops 4 reveal was lackluster and many were already disillusioned with Call of Duty to begin with. But at least that means the game will be more focused on keeping the multiplayer content flowing. Each will feature wildly different themes and have distinct player characters as well as feature bot support for solo players.
Not a Black Ops fan? 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. You will also have the ability to fully customize your controls or choose between pre-set options.
This is truly the most freaky take yet on Zombies, as the player characters seem to be going on a spiritual journey to what appears to be ancient Rome where they must ditch their trusty guns to slice and bash zombies and other new enemies with swords, axes, and maces.
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII Revealed
Oh, and original Zombies cast is also coming back for their own adventure...
Voyage of Despair is set aboard the RMS Titanic, an iconic and monumental setting where our four protagonists discover the truth that befell the doomed passengers on that fateful night.
Where Black Ops 4 at least remains traditional is in the addition of the completely inexplicable zombies mode. Land, sea and air vehicles will all be available, along with the infamous "Zombies" mode's characters, weapons and power-ups.
The word "Fortnite" has seemingly become synonymous with "battle royale", but you need to separate the two in order to embrace Black Ops 4's battle royale mode - and the string of other large-scale battle royale games sure to come soon. But Black Ops 4 has made gameplay decisions to differentiate itself from the pack and give players reasons to make the jump.