Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will not include a traditional single-player story mode, according to a report from Polygon citing “sources with knowledge of the project’s status” Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be the first Call of Duty game to ship without a single-player campaign.
When they reached our to Activision for a comment, an Activision spokesperson said, “We don’t comment on rumor and speculation. We look forward to revealing Black Ops 4 on May 17th.”
“One source said Treyarch has since focused Black Ops 4’s development on expanding multiplayer and the series’ popular Zombies mode. The source described an emphasis on cooperative modes as a potential stand-in for the typical single-player campaign experience,” writes Polygon’s Chris Plante.
One of those sources also echoed a report from top Call of Duty information-broker Charlie Intel saying that the new game will have a battle royale mode. That’s the kind of last-player-standing mode that’s been taking over gaming for the past year, what with the success of Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, Fortnite: Battle Royale and myriad competitors. So far, no big-budget game studio has added a Battle Royale mode to a big franchise series, but it has seemed like only a matter of time before it hits a Call of Duty or a Battlefield, a Division or a Destiny.
According to Polygon, as the multi-year development cycle of Black Ops 4 moved toward the game’s October release date, “it became evident that development on the single-player campaign wouldn’t be completed.”
Activision has shown some recent interest in tinkering what Call of Duty games have to offer. Two years ago, they launched a remastered version of the classic Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare to PlayStation owners alongside the release of that year’s big Call of duty release, before going on to offer it as a standalone purchase many months later. Call of Duty: WWII, The most recent game in the series, saw decline in the number of multiplayer maps offered at the game’s launch. Given the fat Call of Duty games get high appraise for their multiplayer, we can see why some are beginning to speculate about if or when Activision would drop the campaigns from the games.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is scheduled for release on Oct. 12, 2018, on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and xbox one. Activision will reveal more information on Black Ops 4 during a reveal on May 17, and is expected to share additional info this June at E3.