Rather than build on the foundation of a solo campaign mode, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is to launch with new variations on its traditional multiplayer, the series' Zombies mode, and the battle royale genre.
Having jettisoned the franchise's dedicated solo campaign mode, story elements will be integrated into the multiplayer modes of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 instead.
In its traditional online multiplayer mode, players will be able to take part in solo missions in order to become better acquainted with the skills and histories of the game's individual military specialists.
“Black Ops 4 goes deeper than ever before into the fiction of multiplayer, where players will explore the world of Specialists,” publisher Activision explains in a prepared statement.
That means finding out “who they are, why they exist, and what battles they fight together – while mastering their gameplay through solo and multiplayer combat experiences”.
On a more technical level, the Black Ops 4 multiplayer reveal trailer shows that regenerating health is being switched out for visible health bars. Players will also find that regenerating health has been swapped for the need to apply emergency first aid, much in the same way that players might reload weaponry.
An Oct 12 release date has been set for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.
The PC version of Black Ops 4 will be managed through Activision's Battle.net rather than popular gaming platform Steam, as was the case with Destiny 2 and Overwatch, giving Activision full control over game updates, networking, data collection and revenue share. — AFP Relaxnews