CALL of Duty is officially set to return with Black Ops 4 in October this year — and semi-public testing is already underway.
It won’t feature a single-player campaign, but it will feature the series’ traditional multiplayer modes, multiple Zombie modes and a Battle Royal mode called Blackout.
Call of Duty 2018 release date – when is Black Ops 4 out?
The global launch will be on October 12, 2018 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC via Battle.net.
Will there be a beta test I can take part in?
There have been TWO different beta weekends for Black Ops IV already.
They were open to anyone who has pre-ordered the game, as well as others who had obtained beta keys.
The first ran from August 3 to August 6 and be exclusively run on PS4, while the second will run from August 10 to August 13.
Still to come is the beta for Blackout, the battle royale mode, which is starting on September 10, 6 p.m. UK time, for PS4 players.
PC and Xbox 360 players will have to wait until September 14 at 6 p.m. UK time.
The beta will run until September 17 at 6 p.m. UK time.
This will include Solo, Duo and four-player team options, according to the teaser trailer.
More information will be published at callofduty.com/beta.
Call of Duty Black Ops IV Multiplayer Live Stream – what was revealed?
Fan-favourite maps will be making a return. Jungle, Summit and Firing Range from Black Ops I have been rebuilt for Black Ops 4, as has Slums from Black Ops 2.
They will all be available at launch.
As expected, Nuketown will return. It is closest to the Cold War iteration from Black Ops I — but it will come out as free post-launch DLC, rather than being packaged with the game at launch.
A new mode called Control is objective-based, and will featured a shared pool of lives for players on the same team
Healing changes were the first focus of the live stream reveal. The focus on healing — via stim shots — is meant to extend combat for tactical players.
Healing it no longer automatic, and the manual healing process will take the player out of action for a short time.
This is meant to make a deeper and more complex combat experience.
Call of Duty 2018 Community Event – what was revealed?
The game will be set « between Black Ops II and Black Ops III » – so some time in the near future.
The debut multiplayer trailer showed off a mix of familiar-looking modern weapons and advanced technology, such as auto-building barricades, assault-rifle size flamethrowers and some brutal-looking melee weapons.
These weapons will feature a new modding system, and a whole new class of mod that will change the way weapons operate and reward players who invest time learning a particular weapon.
Black Ops 4 will also feature a couple of changes that will have a major impact on gameplay — fog of war and healing.
Healing will no longer be automatic – Black Ops 4 will require players to use a dedicated button to start the healing process, and render themselves vulnerable. There is also a medic class who will be able to heal other players and even boost their maximum health.
Will Call of Duty Black Ops 4 have a Fortnite-like Battle Royale Mode?
Yes. It will feature « the most iconic parts » of previous Black Ops maps, mashed up into one enormous map. The resulting frankenmap will be 100 times larger than a classic Black Ops multiplayer map.
80 players will go head-to-head in Blackout, initially, though is subject to change after the beta or launch.
The mode, called Blackout, will also feature playable characters and weapons from the series’ zombie modes, and draw from the series entire history to create a battle royale experience that is « uniquely Black Ops ».
There will be AI-controlled zombies, as well vehicles.
The vehicles revealed so far include a five-man truck and helicopter alongside and two-man ATV and Zodiac boat.
Call of Duty 2018 zombies – will there be a zombie mode in Black Ops 4?
Oh yes. They are an « essential part » of the Black Ops experience, according to Treyarch.
The developer says it’s gone back to the drawing board for Black Ops 4’s zombie mode, ten years after it first appeared in Call of Duty: World at War.
All-new player characters will be facing off against a new enemy.
The Community Reveal trailer showed off the player characters as Roman gladiators facing off in a giant arena against a horde of zombies, and then watching a slave be transformed into a giant zombie. This forms the basis for the first map, called IX.
A second zombie map set on the Titanic called A Voyage of Despair is also promised.
Fan-favourite Mob Of the Dead is also set to return as Blood of the Dead, bringing the total to three zombie « experiences »promised for launch.
Call of Duty 2018 trailer – is there any Black Ops 4 gameplay footage yet?
There is, courtesy of the sizzling multiplayer trailer. More will undoubtedly be coming soon.
Will Black Ops 4 PC be on Battle.net and will it still have dedicated servers?
The PC version of Black Ops 4 is being developed in conjunction with Beenox and Blizzard, and will be available on Battle.net.
It will also have all the Battle.net social features integrated, allowing communication with Overwatch players, among others.
Despite being integrated into the Battle.net system, Activision has promised the system will still have its own dedicated servers.
What would you like to see from Black Ops 4? Let us know in the comments!