Activision announced the upcoming “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” today during a livestream. While a “Battle Royale” mode akin to “Fortnite: Battle Royale” and “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” had been teased one month ago, what fans were not expecting was the omission of a single-player campaign in next year’s “Call of Duty” installment.
“Call of Duty” games have contained a single-player campaign since their inception in 2003. Though it seems like they’ve taken a cue from EA, who praised the emergence of “Fortnite: Battle Royale” as being good for the video-game industry. EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said last year, in reference to “Star Wars Battlefront II,” that linear games are fading in popularity:
“As we kept reviewing the game, it continued to look like a much more linear game [which] people don’t like as much today as they did five years ago or 10 years ago,” Jorgensen said.
On the contrary, single-player games have done well in the past quarter with developer Santa Monica Studio’s “God of War” receiving a 94/100 based on 113 critics.
In regard to “Call of Duty” games, however, the majority of players finish less than half of a “Call of Duty” single-player campaign according to a report from TrueAchievements.
By shifting resources from the development of a single-player campaign to the game’s “Battle Royale” mode titled “Blackout,” Activision is looking to monopolize on the current “Fortnite” craze that has swept the gaming world. You can check out the full trailer for the new “Blackout” mode below.
The “Battle Royale” mode’s map is said to be “1500 times bigger than Nuketown,” according to Design Director David Vonderhaar. That translates to roughly 4.5 km2, which is less than the size of “Fortnite’s” 5.6 km2 map, according to “Call of Duty” Youtuber Drift0r.
“Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” is set to launch on October 12 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. On Windows PC it will be exclusive to Blizzard’s Battle.net launcher similar to “Destiny 2.”