After the controversial announcement that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 would not feature the standard single-player campaign seen in every other game of the franchise, Blizzard has just announced what will be replacing it: A battle royale mode.
In what many see as a rather shameless attempt to capitalize on the popularity of games like Fortnite: Battle Royale, the latest Black Ops has just been confirmed to feature its own battle royale mode during the live reveal event. Called Blackout, this game mode will likely work the same as its predecessors, pitting a large number of players against each other in a last-man-standing firefight.
While the addition of Blackout is arguably the biggest news to come out of the event, several other features of the new game were also confirmed at the same time. A franchise staple by this point, Black Ops 4 will feature the requisite zombie fighting mode, but with a twist – there will now be three different zombie modes to choose from.
As one would expect, there is also the traditional multiplayer versus mode that will be making up the bread and butter of this year’s release now that the campaign has been axed, pitting players against each other in teams using different weapons and strategy to kill each other. Finally, the game will also feature exclusively single player missions that, rather than compose a campaign, are simply small tasks to be completed using the characters from the multiplayer mode. More explicit details as to what the missions will entail has not yet been revealed.
Black Ops 4 will release on October 12 this year, available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. Additionally, the PC release of the game will not be on a distribution platform like Steam, but available on Blizzard’s own Battle.net exclusively as a first for the series.