Numerous reports are alleging that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will feature a battle royale mode, potentially standing in for the shooter’s reported lack of a single-player campaign.
The tidal wave of reports began with Polygon recently relaying information from an inside source that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 would not feature a single-player campaign at launch. Call of Duty news site Charlie Intel substantiated Polygon’s information shortly after with details from its own “tipster,” and additionally learned that a battle royale mode would be replacing the single-player campaign. According to the site, Call of Duty developer Raven Software will be handling the battle royale mode, rather than Black Ops 4‘s lead developer, Treyarch Studios.
Not long after Charlie Intel’s report surfaced, both Eurogamer and Kotaku reported that a battle royale mode is indeed coming with Black Ops 4, while also corroborating Polygon’s claim that Black Ops 4 will lack a single-player campaign. According to Eurogamer, Raven intends Black Ops 4 to hit the conventional battle royale player mark of 100 players, but it may not reach this threshold before launch day arrives.
Black Ops 4 would not be the first Call of Duty experience to feature a battle royale mode, with the Chinese-exclusive Call of Duty: Online experience testing out an 18-player version of the mode. Shortly following the mode’s release, publisher Activision expressed to the Oppenheimer investment firm that it is “keenly aware” of the popularity of battle royale modes. This lead many to expect such a mode in this year’s Call of Duty installment, even before these new reports dropped.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is slated to launch October 12th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, with its first gameplay reveal coming May 17th.
Source: Charlie Intel