Today at 1:00 PM ET, Treyarch’s next installment in the ever-popular Black Ops subseries was revealed to the world.
The Twitch livestream began with a recap of story moments and gameplay from the first three Black Ops games before the reveal of the fourth installment. Mark Lamia then introduced the new game, and did not mince words when he called BO4 the “Deepest, most replayable game in our history.”
The multiplayer gameplay reveal came provided answers to several questions about Black Ops 4. For the game’s time period, multiplayer events take place between Black Ops 2 and Black Ops 3. This means that some of the technological advancements essential to Black Ops 3 gameplay – mainly, thrust jumps and wall runs – will not return in this installment. Instead, Black Ops 4 will be “100% boots on the ground,” with a focus on what developers called “guns up” gameplay, which ensures that your gun is ready to shoot in most situations in-game. There will still be some cool gadgets – a grappling hook was shown off, for example – but this is definitely an in-world technological step back from Black Ops 3. Other minor changes, such as a predictive recoil system, will further tune gameplay.
Among the major gameplay changes is that healing is now no longer an automatic process, adding an additional layer of strategy to multiplayer matches.
While there is no single player campaign in Black Ops 4, those craving a story will want to look into Zombies, which features a fresh story and characters that definitely are separate from previous installments. Zombies may feature the most robust change in this iteration, as Treyarch has introduced hundreds of custom mutations that will modify zombie behavior.
Of course, there was also the reveal that everyone saw coming. Black Ops 4 will be one of the first major developers to cash in on the Battle Royale craze. Black Ops 4 features a BR mode called Blackout, which will feature massive battles and will notably include land, sea, and air vehicles.
What did you think? Did the new Zombies mode win you over? Are you excited to try out Blackout? Will you be able to return to Black Ops without wallrunning? Love it or hate it, Black Ops 4 is definitely changing some things up. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII will release October 12, 2018.