Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Battle Royale Mode Will Be 'Blackout'

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On the upside, Black Ops 4 will be the first Call of Duty game to land on Blizzard's platform, and if the situation is well-received by the players, it likely won't be the last. Whether the ability to maintain tighter control over their product proves beneficial in the long run remains to be seen, but the ability to play Black Ops 4 with the backing of Activision and Blizzards own security measures, rather than relying on Steam, certainly gives a lot of hope for the process. "More than 200 million players have called Black Ops home, and they've played for more than 15 billion hours".

"Black Ops 4 doesn't have a traditional campaign, we're weaving narrative into each of the modes", said Mark Lamia, Treyarch chairman, during the staged announcement yesterday evening.

Blackout will seemingly allow players to access years of Call of Duty/Black Ops history. Finally, in a surprising move, the game won't be launching on Steam, another first for the Call of Duty franchise.

Each of the specialists will also be given single player solo missions, which will be fast paced and will play out like trials giving players a chance to get used to the way a particular specialist works. This map will feature classic Black Ops locations familiar to many who have played the previous games in the series. This is meant to encourage more tactical play and it's likely that it'll change the pace of multiplayer gameplay. "It brings a layer of tactical depth that rewards players for mastery, and just feels so good to play". These new adventures will feature a brand new cast of characters and an evil new enemy. It also includes the most customizable action to-date, new systems for creating and completing community challenges, and social systems designed to connect players.

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 will be released worldwide on 12 October for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. There won't be a single-player campaign, but Treyarch is talking up its Zombies and Battle Royale modes. It's a first for the franchise but it's probably not a bad move given online multiplayer has always been the main draw of the Call of Duty franchise.

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Here we've rounded up the five biggest changes you need to know about. "The same goes for our PC community".

"Going back to the very beginning of Black Ops 4 development, we never had set out to make a traditional campaign", co-studio head Dan Bunting told Eurogamer.

"Black Ops 4 on PC will have uncapped framerate, 4K resolution and HDR support for ultra-wide monitors and the ability for players to extensively customize the performance and visual quality for their specific hardware". Players will be able to select classes still, and characters from the Zombies mode will be playable.

The Pick 10 system from Black Ops III will be returning, but Treyarch has teased that it will be a little different this time around.