It appears that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, the upcoming first-person shooter from Activision, may be shipping without a single-player campaign. It is rumoured that the game will instead focus on the muliplayer and zombie modes instead, making it the first Call of Duty not to feature a single-player campaign in the series history.
Sources spoke to Polygon, stating, “as Black Ops 4’s release date approached, it became evident that development on the single-player campaign wouldn’t be completed. One source said Treyarch has since focused Black Ops 4’s development on expanding multiplayer and the series’ popular Zombies mode. The source described an emphasis on cooperative modes as a potential stand-in for the typical single-player campaign experience.”
It seems the tagline “forget what you know” may mean more that initially thought, with this news. The Black Ops sub-series of Call of Duty has been praised for it’s innovation in story, and with Black Ops 4 will become the longest running branch of the franchise. It is surprising, then, that this would be the entry to pioneer Call of Duty without a campaign.
With Activision previously stating that it is aware of the popularity and impact that the Battle Royale genre has had on gamers, it wouldn’t surprise me to see a 1 vs 100 mode implemented in lieu of a campaign.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is set for release on October 12th, 2018, on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. More information is scheduled to come via a reveal on May 17, as well as an expected appearance at E3 2018.