Blockbuster action franchise Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has been confirmed by publisher Activision in a March 8 announcement.
The fourth entry to the Call of Duty Black Ops sub-series will arrive Oct 12 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.
Developed by Activision subsidiary Treyarch, which was responsible for the four previous Black Ops games, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 bears the four-stripe orange logo design seen on a baseball cap worn by NBA player James Harden before a March 6 game.
A fuller community reveal has been scheduled for May 17, ahead of which Activision described Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 as ”a game-changing experience” and something that would ”revolutionise the top-selling series in Call of Duty history when it launches.”
In addition, though not yet confirmed by Activision itself, it would appear that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 could have its PC edition centralised around the publisher’s online network, Battle.net.
Once primarily used by Blizzard Entertainment for co-ordinating the online sales and services of WarCraft, Diablo, StarCraft, Overwatch and other titles, the PC version of 2017’s sci-fi action game Destiny 2 was delivered through Battle.net rather than Valve Corp’s Steam network, as has been the case for Call of Duty.
The Oct 12 release date arrives three weeks ahead of the usual Call of Duty early November schedule and, in doing so, gets a two-week headstart on wild west action adventure Red Dead Redemption 2 from Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar Games.
Electronic Arts’ competing military shooter franchise Battlefield is yet to detail plans for a late 2018 release.
A meeting with the incumbent US President Trump to explore links (or the lack thereof) between violence in society and as portrayed within videogames did not dissuade Activision from announcing Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 the same day.
An ESRB rating for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is pending. Franchise entries have typically been rated M for Mature by the videogame industry’s self-regulatory body, indicating general unsuitability for those aged 16 and below. — AFP Relaxnews