Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is official! The upcoming shooter has been confirmed by Activision and will see a full reveal at a community event on May 17. Very little details were mentioned beyond that, but now we can start guessing about where Treyarch’s latest blockbuster will take us.
Trusted Reviews has compiled everything you need to know about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 including all of the latest news, release date info, gameplay and more.
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Call of Duty Black Ops 4 developer – who is making it?
This year’s instalment is being helmed by Treyarch who is previously responsible for all entries in the Black Ops franchise and the beloved Call of Duty: World at War.Call of Duty Black Ops 4 setting – where is it taking place?
No solid information regarding Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has been confirmed thus far. Considering the huge popularity of Call of Duty: WW2 another archaic setting is certainly on the cards, although Treyarch is far more renown for its depictions of futuristic warfare than anything else.
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A cast of compelling characters
Despite possessing a short yet entertaining solo campaign, Call of Duty: WW2 at times failed to capture the drama and heartbreak of war in a way that felt truly convincing. This was, in part, thanks to its occasionally generic cast.
Treyarch’s next effort would benefit from introducing a compelling lead alongside a likeable ensemble of characters we want to fight alongside. Maybe we’ll see another handful of famous actors step up to the virtual plate.
Ditch the Season Pass!
The modern shooter has begun abandoning the Season Pass model. Titanfall 2 and Star Wars Battlefront 2 now provide players with free weapons, maps and modes without any additional cost. Instead, they opt to include optional in-game cosmetic micro-transactions which are completely optional. Albeit Battlefront 2 is not the best advertisement for this model, but others have adopted it much better, like Overwatch, and it’d be great to have Activision adopt a similar system in the next Call of Duty.
Call of Duty: WW2 incorporated loot-boxes but still distributes content through regular map packs that some find overpriced. Regular updates would provide us with a big incentive to return to an already excellent multiplayer formula.
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Vehicles in multiplayer
Call of Duty: WW2‘s multiplayer options were stronger than ever. Prioritising basic gunplay over futuristic technology helped Sledgehammer Games craft something that felt much more reliant on skill as opposed to luck.
Matches also felt larger and more dynamic. Bombers flew overhead while thunderous explosions rocked players as they strive to dispatch one another. This adrenaline-pumping action could be heightened even further with controllable vehicles on specific maps.
It wouldn’t be a first for the series, either. Treyarch’s own World at War saw arenas in WW2 Berlin littered with tanks players could jump into at anytime. It’s something we think would add an extra layer of enjoyment to combat if executed with the right balance.
Do something more with Zombies
Zombies has reached the point where it’s now a common component in all Call of Duty titles. Regardless of the developer, there’s always a mode where you and a group of friends can team up to obliterate the undead. Sadly, we feel it’s grown a little stagnant in recent years.
Even though most were left disappointed by Call of Duty: Ghosts, its horde mode at least introduced a new type of enemy with its alien adversaries, lending things an extra sense of supernatural tension. It was something different, thinking outside of the box in a series that seldom does.
We want Call of Duty Black Ops 4 to do the same, innovating upon a formula that’s grown used to the same old set of tricks.
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