Yes, the Campaign is Missing in Action
In a bold departure from tradition, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 does away with a single-player campaign. Instead, the game introduces the universe through short solo missions that also serve as an opportunity to familiarize players with the specialists they’ll use in competitive multiplayer. According to Treyarch’s design director, David Vonderhaar, and co-studio head, Dan Bunting, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was always intended to be a multiplayer-focused game, emphasizing replayability over a linear, narrative-heavy campaign.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s competitive multiplayer mode features 10 unique specialists at launch, each with their own set of abilities and tactics. These specialists include Ajax, Battery, Crash, Firebreak, Nomad, Prophet, Recon, Ruin, Seraph, and Torque. Additionally, Prophet from Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will also make an appearance in Black Ops 4.
The competitive multiplayer mode remains the highlight of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, mixing classic series elements with some notable changes. One significant alteration is the removal of automatic healing. Players now have to manually initiate healing using a dedicated button. This change promotes a more strategic and cautious playstyle compared to the all-out assault approach of previous Call of Duty games.
Another notable addition is the “Guns Still Up” system. Players can now defend themselves at any time, even while using score-streaks, without putting their weapons down. Additionally, a new feature called “Fog of War” limits the visibility on the mini-map, making enemies at a distance practically invisible until players get closer.
Signature Weapons and Classic Maps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 introduces Signature Weapons, which are cosmetic variants of standard guns. Players can unlock these stunningly designed weapons by completing specific challenges. The game also includes classic multiplayer maps from previous Black Ops titles like Jungle, Summit, Firing Range, Slums, and Nuketown.
Blackout: Call of Duty Meets Battle Royale
Blackout is Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s take on the popular battle royale genre. With a map larger than any seen before in Call of Duty, Blackout combines classic weapons, characters, and equipment from the Black Ops series. The mode supports up to 100 players and introduces vehicles as well. Additionally, zombies make an appearance and are scattered across the map in special locations.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 greatly emphasizes its Zombies mode, offering three separate campaigns at launch: Blood of the Dead, Voyage of Despair, and IX. These campaigns take players to Alcatraz prison, the Titanic, and Ancient Rome, respectively. Along with cooperative online play and local split-screen, the game introduces new weapons and customizable options for perks and Mystery Box prizes.
PC Requirements and Platform Exclusivity
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be available exclusively through Battle.net on PC. The minimum requirements include an Intel Core i5 2500k CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB GPU, 8GB RAM, and 40GB of disk space. PlayStation 4 players will receive all post-launch content a week earlier than other platforms. The game is set for release on October 12th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
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