There’s a lot going on in Call of Duty games nowadays. Between the Specialist abilities, scorestreaks, and other distractions, it can be easy to lose sight of our roots, which is why Black Ops 4 is hearkening back to the early days of pure shooting with the upcoming introduction of a Barebones playlist.
A recent Black Ops 4 developer diary was posted to Treyarch’s official Twitter account, in which the developer announced that the Barebones playlist is coming back with “no Specialists, and classic gameplay rules”, arriving “later in the Operation.” This will presumably include the axing of scorestreaks, but whatever other content is getting cut remains to be seen. The remainder of the update is spent discussing the balancing and content changes that hit the game in its recent Operation Grand Heist update.
With Operation Grand Heist now live on all platforms, learn about the design philosophy behind #BlackOps4’s newest content from the dev team in our Treyarch Developer Update video. pic.twitter.com/1bTeM7czvp
— Treyarch Studios (@Treyarch) February 27, 2019
According to studio design director David Vonderhaar, these developer updates will be a regular thing. This attempt at increased transparency is possibly a response to the recent backlash Treyarch received for its implementation of loot boxes, and the content the studio locked behind them. Thankfully, some of the system’s worst features were reverted.
Black Ops 4‘s Operation Grand Heist update is now live for all platforms.