To all those gamers that only care about Call of Duty games’ multiplayer and cooperative modes, Treyarch Studios may be right there with you, as a report claims that the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will launch without a single-player campaign.
According to a report from Polygon, sources with “knowledge of the project’s status” have relayed that Black Ops 4 will ship without a story campaign. This is apparently due to time constraints during development, forcing the developer to focus on the game’s multiplayer and Zombies survival mode, with the reported intent that cooperative modes would serve as a “potential stand-in” for the single-player campaign.
Based on Polygon’s phrasing, it sounds as though the game’s lack of a single-player campaign may not be permanent. If so, nothing in the report hints at what the developer’s single-player plans would be after launch. In addition to the report’s phrasing, the sequel’s relation to the Black Ops subseries could also lead fans to expect some sort of story mode down the road. It seems unlikely the developer would tie the new game to an established saga if there was no narrative thread connecting it.
Either way, this would make Black Ops 4 the first mainline Call of Duty to launch without a story campaign. When asked for comment, a spokesperson for publisher Activision predictably responded, “We don’t comment on rumor and speculation. We look forward to revealing Black Ops 4 on May 17th.”
After much speculation, Black Ops 4 was finally announced earlier this year. Fans have yet to see anything from the actual game, however, as we are forced to wait for the aforementioned May 17th reveal. If the sequel does launch without a single-player, it will serve as an interesting counterpoint to the rumored Modern Warfare 2 Remastered, which is reportedly launching without multiplayer.
While we haven’t seen anything of the actual game, we do know when Black Ops 4 will release, single-player or not. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is slated to launch October 12th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.