It looks like Call of Duty could be set to make some major changes this year, with reports claiming that Black Ops 4 will be the first game in the series to not feature a single-player campaign. Instead, Black Ops 4 is said to be multiplayer only, with a larger focus on the PvE Zombies mode, and a new Battle Royale mode.
According to multiple sources speaking with Polygon, the single player campaign was cut in order to meet the 12th of October release date, which is earlier than most other Call of Duty games. To make up for the lack of campaign, there will be a bigger focus on Zombies and possibly some additional co-op modes.
This report was backed up by Call of Duty fan site, Charlie Intel, which claimed to have heard the same information about the campaign. However, the site had some other details to add, claiming that Activision's Raven Software has been tapped to ‘fill the content gap' by developing a Battle Royale mode.
There are a few additional details floating around about COD's jump into Battle Royale. It is supposed to be Activision's way of shifting the series to a service model. Battle Royale will apparently have its own separate launcher, and will continue to be updated each year with new content based on the next annual Call of Duty game. To access this newer content, players will need to buy the latest game in the series, essentially turning mainline COD games into a season pass.
Obviously, Activision hasn't confirmed any of this yet, but the publisher plans to fully unveil Black Ops 4 on the 17th of May.
KitGuru Says: This sounds like a pretty major change for Call of Duty as a whole. Do you guys think cutting the campaign mode is a good move? Is shifting focus over to more multiplayer modes going to keep you coming back?