Call of Duty Black Ops 4 battle royale mode, titled Blackout, revealed at Activision's worldwide launch event in LA. The game will also not include a traditional single-player campaign.
I won't be buying it this year then, campaign is the only reason I buy CoD games.
The sp is typically the least popular mode behind mp and Zombies. I personally love sp but i can understand replacing it with Battle Royale aka Blackout. They better have a great Zombies and Battle Royale mode if they are minimizing the sp. I'm actually excited to see BO4 at Sony's E3 this year because i'm curious to see how Blackout looks.
I feel sorry for some clueless gamer that pays for this game just to find out there is no SP on the game.
@tyler I've said this to all of your comments, but: I'm not going to pay $60 for half a game. Having more multiplayer content doesn't excuse Activision screwing over the players who like the Single-Player Story Mode. It's a shame, because CoD used to have a pretty decent story mode...
Least popular could just translate to only right behind multiplayer for all anyone can say. That report that leaked no campaign also mentioned it was axed because of Acti being resilient to the idea of a time travel themed campaign and time constraints. Had less to do with interest and I imagine they'll go back to a campaign mode next year and the year after that.
You can get a rough idea by looking at trophies, almost nobody plays campaign.
MP-only games and GaaS are okay for you now? When did this happen?
@BiggerBoss I despise the "half a game" argument. If you don’t like multiplayer only titles that is fine, but please come up with a better way of expressing that, because the “half a game” argument is blatantly incorrect. If you mean you won’t buy a multiplayer only title, then just say that. By that same "half a game" metric, you wouldn’t buy God of War, or Witcher 3, or any other game that is single player only. Sorry but that is just a pet peeve of mine. Say what you really mean instead of some silly little catchphrase that is factually incorrect.
Brad, I'm not.. you should always do at least a lillllllll bit of research on stuff before you buy.
They should add BOps or WAW remaster to the deluxe edition...
Or CoD2, since it was only a campaign.
I'll be getting it day 1. Liked the release trailer. Zombies is a bit different too. Idk if the beta sucks then I'll cancel
You must have been disappointed with literally every entry this generation, then... It makes no sense to buy them just for the campaign, when there are far better single player offerings elsewhere.
Oh well COD it was fun.
Exactly. Great way to lose a lot of your fan-base.
So i do not like battle royale games at all, but i do love battlefield and with the vehicles being added in this gives me more of a battlefield vibe then like pubg. Still have to see gameplay to determine if i want this though.
Wouldn't the new Battlefield game (which also is rumored to have a BR mode) be more up your alley then?
It will be as well yes, but i do like the blac ops cods. Black ops 3 imo was the best cod for a very long time and nothing has come close.
Battle Royale? you know that Battlfield is massive sized map with 60+ players each game right? This isn't any new thing for BF fans its more like an update.
I think blops 2 was really good as well
Buy this guys and you’ll just set a bad example other companies will follow. When COD multiplayer first came out everyone followed their crappy over the top gimmicky gameplay on what you unlocked not your skill. Other developers will follow if this does well.
Very well said and I couldn't have said it better myself. Games like this aren't good for the industry and only lead to less creative ideas for other games.
Its why i dont like investors taking over companies. I admit i dont know a lot about business but i hate when other people step in and say stuff like "well only a tiny percentage play this mode so if you dont get rid of it we wil stop funding you" even tho it still sells more than enough. They couldve called it COD blackout or something and it would still get fans annoyed but less annoyed than knowing its called blackops and has nothing to do with the storyline.
AAAANNNNNNDDDD - no one cares.
I'll swap a dull campaign for a good BR mode all day long. First cod Ive been excited about for years
That’s big no. SP mode is a part of COD DNA just as MP. Removed it and just give COD a bad reputation.
I enjoy the campaign actually so your not speaking for everyone
To be fair, he wasn’t claiming to speak for everyone! However, my opinion is that SP should be kept. I know it’s expensive to develop but it’s not like the game doesn’t take in millions in profits anyway. It’s just corporate greed that makes decision like this, and I will vote with my wallet by NOT buying it.
You’re ok with taking out a highly crafted single player experience and replacing it with a SINGLE game mode that takes 2 months at the most to produce? Sounds like you like to waste money.
2 months? I think you're just guessing. Or perhaps to that person this adds more value. Thus it's not wasting money. It's ok for people to have different priorities. Some have different taste then you. Value is in the eyes of the beholder.
Yup. Cod sp sucks balls. Gimme more mp options all day. Maybe you just suck online?
I only play campaign, so no buy here. Although to be honest, I haven’t bought the last 2 CoDs anyway. I really hope this one falls flat on its face just to teach Activision a lesson, but it probably won’t.
Adios COD, you were once so fine with a SP campaign but as the years went by and it became less important, you aged becoming another multiplayer game with SP tacked on. You kept on having nips and tucks until now, this year, there is no SP campaign at all and I am finally leaving, off to find a newer, younger game that will give me more SP and less MP. But I will remember you fondly, my love and we will always have Modern Warfare between us. Farewell!
They are going to milk this to death with paywalls after paywalls followed by loot crates. Avoid avoid.
No SP kindof sucks, but the BR mode with vehicles sounds sick. I wonder what the player count is going to be?
Cods gameplay does not work for BR. You die way too fast. If they include killstreaks or gimmicks this going to barren in a week.
It may not be like that. Even then, battle royale is about stealth and cunning. You do realize it's possible, though hard, to win battle royale games without firing a shot right?
To each their own. Year after year, CoD gets criticized for being more of the same. This is easily the most massive change in franchise history, and now people are criticizing it for changing. I’m willing to give it a chance, just to see what it’s all about.
But why did they not just call it blackout then. Blackops 4 implies its a continuation when there is none. Its a lot easier to accept the lack of sp if its named something else.
I hope it comes with a $39.99 price tag but who im i kidding.
And to think, they used to lead the industry.
Don't play zombies only single player and multi,
But if they got rid of zombies, tons of people would of freaked as well.
is the battle royale mode P2P hosting? I'm fully expecting it to be some laggy, bad hit detection standard COD.
Good, multiplayer games don’t need a tacked on campaign and single player games don’t need tacked on multiplayer.
The COD formulate; recycle maps, game play , add hot trend, focus test, add to game, claim innovation, release to people. CoD is the now the standard for cookie cut gaming making. Its kind of pathetic really. When Zombie garbage became the crazy, COD zombies showed up. When RPGs where hot leveling and kill streaks where added now its Battleroyle the cheapest and easiest game type to create that people are starting to realize is boring as hell. Wonder where COD goes from here? Thats easy whatever the next trend is suprise they didnt add a minecraft mode to it before.
Its still going to sell like crazy too.. Sad something that used to be an add in to compliment the campaign just took it over.. I have a pretty good idea why too.. Theres a new generation of core gamers that wont touch anything that isnt online.. Theres a company just waiting to pounce on that demographic & has most of them already..
Gross. Is everything going to have BR mode now?
lame only reason some people including myself still played cod for the story this is bs
All the more reason for me not to get another COD since MW2.
So now they will have 20-30 new maps to start with correct. Since they are removing SP they can add more MP maps easy. And not the normal 10 to start
Well they did say that the multiplayer will have a "narrative story" to follow so there's that. Besides don't blame Activision for this decision blame the countless players that made those battle Royal games so popular. Also, the major success of gta5 online may have had something to do with it since it is now the highest grossing entertainment product of all time, this 5 yrs later when people are STILL playing it.... Not to mention that a lot of people in the past mentioned that they usually jump right into multiplayer in the call of duty games and don't get around to the campaign until months later anyway...I don't like that they took it out, but I understand.
Blame players for playing what they might like? The mental gymnastics some people will go through. Battle Royale is a great sub-genre. It definitely plays different and it will be interesting to see how Call of Duty does it. I can't stand GTA V online, but hey, people love it... more power to them.
Not buying this year. STOP FOLLOWING TRENDS. This is easily going to be the worst BR. the cod mechanics just won’t work well. People will get more angry than having fun. You’ll be close to winning then you’ll be killed by a vehicle in the air you can’t do anything about. It’s going to fail.
Who says it will have the same mechanics? It seems like it's going to be a completely different mode. Like Zombies and single player are... not sandwiched in between hardpoint and deathmatch. Vehicles too. That's a new change. This is going to be different, and it could be great fun. Or it might suck. Who knows. We'll find out.
Seriously journalists now should show step up and heavy focus and critisized such this to drive mainstream for gamers benfit instead waiting for gamers rage or Activision cash.
Exactly what COD players like too.. Doesnt bother me none since i dont play them.. I like borderlands but this can crash and burn for all i care.. Whenever borderlands gets intrusive MT, Ill feel the same way about it as i do with this game
It might do the opposite. No one knows. They are taking a chance.
Very true. It might end up massively successful.. At the expense of its soul but im sure they dont care.. When publishers stop caring about their grass roots supporters, they end up abandoning it too..Who knows? The competition might end up doing everything right and a huge shift can occur..
No campaign, no buy for me. Zombies and multiplayer are just bonuses in my eyes in Call Of Duty franchise.
That's a hard pass from me
N4G is a community of gamers posting and discussing the latest game news. It’s part of NewsBoiler, a network of social news sites covering today’s pop culture.