Thursday, November 22

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Announcement

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Activision has confirmed that the next Call of Duty game will be Black Ops 4. The pieces of information about the upcoming Black Ops sequel are scarce, but what we do know is that veteran CoD studio Treyarch is developing the game.It seems logical that the next Call of Duty title would be Black Ops 4, considering the previous release schedule of recent Call of Duty games. To this day, Black Ops games have been arriving on a three-year release schedule, and the last Black Ops title launched three years ago, in 2015. Plus, the Black Ops games have historically sold considerably well, even in comparison to the “main” games in the Call of Duty franchise.

The unexpected factor in this story is the rumored implication that Black Ops 4’s setting may be influenced by the negative reaction to recent Call of Duty titles. Historically, the Black Ops games have kind of had their own distinguished style and tone. Therefore, it’s unusual to consider that the next installment in the franchise may employ a setting and tone that’s more crowd-pleasing. Nonetheless, it’s for certain that some of the recognizable wonkiness of Black Ops will find a way into this game too.

It won’t take you long to see how Black Ops 4 holds its ground as a multiplayer-only game. Activision and Treyarch published the schedule for beta tests, and it’s apparent that some gamers will be more privileged than others. The first tests will kick off August 3rd at 1 PM Eastern. Gamers with PS4 pre-orders will have exclusive access until this test ends on August 6t. For gamers with PC and Xbox One, the first test begins on August 10th at 1 PM Eastern, although PC gamers won’t need a pre-order if they can wait, since there’s an open PC beta one day later. This second round of testing ends August 13th, at 1 PM Eastern.

Regardless of the platform, the experience should be the same. There will be six maps on the list, two of which haven’t been shown before. There will be multiple modes, including Domination, Hardpoint, Search & Destroy, and vanilla Team Deathmatch. You’ll pick your favorite character from a mix of new and returning ones. If you’re waiting for the Blackout battle royale mode, though, you’ll have to be patient. The beta for that mode won’t start until sometime in September, and when it comes it will initially be available for PS4 pre-order buyers only. There might be some time before you find out whether Black Ops 4 is a decent competition to popular Battle Royale games.

Specialists will come back to Black Ops 4, alongside their unique finishing moves. The weapon systems have been designed, like the characters themselves, with an abundance of detail within their gun systems, customization, and perk options. Animations have also been redone, so the feeling of playing will be smoother than before, too. Each gun now has its own set of, attachments, instead of remaining the same across all types.

We’ve known for a while that Black Ops 4 won’t have a traditional single-player campaign. Instead, it will have an expanded Zombies game mode, one that developer Treyarch is clearly putting a lot of energy into. Recently, there was a demo published for the zombie mode, and it was very impressive, to say the least. The action starts on the Titanic (yes, THE Titanic) and includes some spectacular shootouts all over the decks, including the famous Grand Staircase, known from the 1997 movie. Four main characters: Scarlett, Bruno, Diego, and Shaw, fight their way through the seemingly endless hordes of zombies, using guns, explosives, and magic. At one point the characters used an elaborate staff-shaped artifact to push back the zombie hordes and created a forcefield that teleported them across time and space. They appeared in a version of ancient Rome, with semi-automatic shotguns and assault rifles in hand. The trailer finishes with an all-out Colosseum battle against all kinds of abominations, including a zombie tiger.

Except for the narrative foundation, the demo provided some very interesting close combat weapons. There’s a retractable sword, a massive hammer, and a weapon what looks like a smaller version of the Indian chakram, a thrown weapon popularized by the Xena: Warrior Princess television show.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is expected to release Oct. 12th for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. The PC version is being developed from the ground-up by developer BEENOX, and will be coming to the Battle Net platform which hosts the likes of Overwatch, World of Warcraft, and Hearthstone. Players all over the world eagerly await to see if Call of Duty franchise finally begins to recover after a few recent blunders. The lack of a single-player campaign was frowned upon, but there’s hope that the rest of the content will make up for it. All in all, the arrival of this game is followed by cautious optimism instead of roaring enthusiasm typical for the Call of Duty series.

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