The year has been cram-packed with new game releases and even massive buzz already building for next year’s slew of releases. But one game that has remained oddly quiet is the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise. Particularly the fourth installment in the Black Ops spin-off series. However, like a lot of games lately, it’s attempting to forgo a single player storyline and create a massive multiplayer experience.
While the newest installment will still offer the zombie modes (Offering three full experiences at launch), the biggest selling point this time is the battle royale experience dubbed the “Blackout” mode. Featuring iconic characters and locations from all four Black Ops games, this mode is meant to serve as a stand-in for the usual single player campaign mode, allowing up to 100 players to either team-up or go at each other solo. Not only will this mode include the largest map ever featured in a Call of Duty title, not only can players compete against each other through locations appeared in previous Black Ops games, but there will also be land, sea, and air vehicles for players to use.
Still, it’s risky. Whether it was the first Titanfall (Which essentially was the first to do only multiplayer) or 2015’s Star Wars Battlefront, the downside to only offering multiplayer modes is they tend to become endless and repetative. Oh yes you can play with your friends endlessly, but for an individual game to standout it needs to offer something beyond massive scope. An intimacy usually offered by an enriching and immersive single player experience. We’ll find out when Black Ops 4 hits shelves on October 12th (Available for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC). To begin kicking off the final weeks of promotion for the game, a launch gameplay trailer was released today. Check it out below: