This year’s Call of Duty installment will reportedly continue the Black Ops subseries popularized by Treyarch Studios.
Eurogamer recently reported that multiple sources have confirmed Black Ops IV to be the next Call of Duty title, set to drop at the end of this year. The narrative of the Black Ops subseries has swiftly progressed through time, with the first game starting players out in the Vietnam War, and the most recent third game depicting conflicts 100 years later.
While the highly futuristic setting of Black Ops III allowed for fast-paced jetpack traversal, Eurogamer reports that the fourth game will meet fans’ desire for a “more grounded feeling”. This suggests that Black Ops IV will pull back the sequel to a time before the third game, perhaps to fill in some narrative blanks.
Activision has so far declined to comment on the report.
Eurogamer’s report follows earlier details that surfaced from self-proclaimed industry insider Marcus Sellars. Sellars recently relayed that Black Ops IV will be set in modern times, and will launch on the Nintendo Switch, in addition to the three conventional platforms. Sellars did not source his information, and Eurogamer has yet to be able to verify his specific claims.
An even earlier mention of Black Ops IV dropped back in October, when Black Ops voice actor James C. Burns confirmed an analyst report of Black Ops IV‘s impending launch to be true. While fans still don’t have confirmation from Treyarch or Activision, the evidence alluding to Black Ops IV is starting to mount.