Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 to have battle royale, drops single-player campaign

Last week Activision held the Community Reveal event for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. It was held at the Jet Center in Los Angeles and brought in 900 fans, influencers and media along with sports athletes.

The biggest news to come out of that was the addition of a battle royale mode called Blackout. Not much was shown, but we do know that it will include land, sea, and air vehicles and will feature characters and maps from the different Black Ops games. And the core gameplay will have players scavenging, strategizing, competing and surviving to win. The map looked pretty dense, and it’s described as the biggest map in Call of Duty’s history (1,500 times bigger than Nuketown). We’ll see if this new mode will help push the battle royale genre forward.

Other modes weren’t as surprising with the return of the zombie mode and the multiplayer modes fans are accustomed to including Team Deathmatch, Hardpoint, Domination and etc. And because developer Treyarch is focusing on all the different modes, that means the single-player campaign mode is getting the ax.

For those who were turned off by wall-running and boosted jumps in the previous game, the new title will be boots on the ground. So imagine Blacks Ops 3 without jetpacks. I had the chance to play the multiplayer mode including Hardpoint, Domination and Team Deathmatch, and the game is as smooth as ever. The biggest change for me was the removal of the automatic health regeneration when away from enemy fire. Instead, you’ll need to heal yourself manually. The good news is that these aren’t limited, so you just need to wait for the health cooldown to use it again.

The removal of wall-running and boosted jumps don’t slow down the game’s action, and you’ll still be able to maneuver around and engage in fast-paced combat. Other than that, don’t expect anything revolutionary about the multiplayer mode if you have played Black Ops 3. That means the specialists return, each having their own special abilities. If you weren’t a fan of Black Ops 3 futuristic setting, then I don’t think this will change your mind much. (Black Ops 4 takes place between 2 and 3.) Check out the multiplayer trailer below.

If you’re looking to be surprised, then the zombie mode might do that. There will be three Zombies experiences: IX, Voyage of Despair and Blood of the Dead. New characters will be introduced along with a new enemy. The trailer shown has an Indiana Jones vibe mixed with Roman-style gladiatorial battles with zombies.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be available worldwide on October 12th for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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