New Zombies, New Modes, But No New Campaign in Black Ops 4

Black Ops 4

Today we learned about a massive focus on the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 multiplayer segment including revamped specialists with 5 vs 5 games, a new Battle Royale mode called Blackout and an epic Black Ops 4 zombies experience that comes with three stories on day one.

During the presentation, Activision revealed that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will release October 12 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC (via Battle.net).

Battle royale games have revolutionised the first-person shooter genre over the last few years, and feature a large amount of players - normally 100 - entering into combat that is won when just one victor, or winning team, is left alive. The battle royale mode was announced in a trailer and the mode itself is called "Blackout", featuring a map that is 1,500 times the size of the average Call of Duty map. Sea, land and air vehicles will be available in some form or another, and the map will be pieced together by meshing various maps from the entire Black Ops multiplayer oeuvre. It will be filled with 10 years' worth of characters, weapons, and features along with set pieces from different maps in the Black Ops universe such as Nuketown and Firing Range.

The most played series in Call of Duty is back with Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, a game-changing experience built for the Black Ops community with more ways to have fun with your friends than ever before.

"Blackout is an experience unlike any other game or mode in Call of Duty history, where players will have to scavenge, strategize, compete and survive to win".

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"Black Ops 4 doesn't have a traditional campaign, we're weaving narrative into each of the modes", said Mark Lamia, Treyarch chairman, during the staged announcement yesterday evening.

This will add a similarity between Call of Duty and another popular first-person shooter CounterStrike: Global Offensive, which also uses a similar predictive recoil pattern system in its weapon mechanics.

One of the maps, IX for instance is set in a gladiator-style arena while Voyage of Despair looks like it's set on the Titanic.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 ditches single-player campaign in favor of Blackout Battle Royale mode.

Our hands-on time with the game exposed us to three different multiplayer modes: Domination, a new one called Control (defend and capture rooms and areas, holding them for as long as you can), and Hardpoint to wrap things up.

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With the biggest dedicated PC development team ever in the series, Black Ops delivers a fully-optimized PC experience.

If you want to play Black Ops 4 digitally on PC you'll have to buy it right from Activision. Take the basic concept of battle royale and put a unique spin on it that makes it unique to Call of Duty. Given publishers have to pay Valve a cut for every game sold on Steam, major games-makers are pushing towards their own storefronts a la Ubisoft with uPlay or EA with Origin (and of course Activision-Blizzard with Battle.net).

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Black Ops 4 launches on October 12, 2018 on PC.

The authors describe this regime as a "battle Royal in the spirit of Black Ops", writes CNBC.

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