At a community event today, streamed live on Twitch, Activision developer Treyarch confirmed that the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Op’s 4 will for-go the traditional single-player campaign mode. Instead, the game set to launch on 12 October 2018 will solely focus on its multiplayer modes. The traditional arena combat modes, the popular Zombie Apocalypse mode, and a new battle royale mode called Blackout.
The action will take place on the biggest map that developer Treyarch has ever made, roughly 1,500 times larger than Nuketown, according to the company. From the video shown during today’s presentation, Blackout’s map appears to include features of other well-known maps such as characters, weapons and gadgets and locations from the larger Call of Duty universe.
One key difference between Blackout and other battle royale-style games is the number and types of vehicles present on the map. As described during today’s live reveal event, players will be able to use vehicles on land, sea and in the air.
“For us to even consider this experience,” Vonderhaar said, “it had to be unique and done in the way that only Black Ops can do it.”
This represents the Call of Duty franchise’s first attempt at an open-world, last man standing-style survival game mode with the same level of gameplay refinement that the franchise is known for. Blackout enters a crowded market, one currently dominated by Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
For those who might prefer playing alone, Lamia promised “unique ways to play solo in multiplayer and zombies [modes] regardless of your skill level,” without going into further detail. “Those of you who just want to ramp up on your own, we’ve got you covered, too,” he said.