According to the Polygon website, this year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be the first Call of Duty game not to have a single-player campaign.
Polygon cited: “Sources who asked for anonymity” at Black Ops 4 developer Treyarch as saying that: “As Black Ops 4’s release date approached, it became evident that development on the single-player campaign wouldn’t be completed.” Which sounds a tad negligent since nowadays, development of Activision’s annual Call of Duty instalment is shared between three developers – Treyarch, Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games – so each has three years of development time.
Publisher Activision declined to comment, pointing out that it will hold an event on May 17 to reveal all about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. But persistent rumours suggest that Black Ops 4 may have a PUBG/Fortnite-style Battle Royale mode: in its recent financial statement, Activision acknowledged the rise of Battle Royale games and hinted that it is seeking to jump on that bandwagon with one of its intellectual properties.
According to Polygon, “One source said Treyarch has since focused Black Ops 4’s development on expanding multiplayer and the series’ popular Zombies mode. The source described an emphasis on cooperative modes as a potential stand-in for the typical single-player campaign experience.” And Call of Duty fans may get some consolation this year, in the form of a remastered version of 2014’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 which, according to Eurogamer, will consist of just the single-player campaign, with all the multiplayer components removed.
All will be revealed on 17 May, however, and naturally we’ll keep you fully informed.