The popularity of the battle royale genre has not slipped past Call of Duty publisher Activision, and now we’re left wondering if this year’s Call of Duty will feature some form of the survival mode.
Activision recently had a meeting with the Oppenheimer investment firm, during which the publisher expressed that it is “keenly aware” of the direction the battle royale genre is taking the industry. Nothing was mentioned in terms of projects featuring the survival mode, but it seems unlikely the company would let this phenomenon pass without taking its own crack at it.
“The investment firm says Activision is keenly aware of how other game publishers have recently benefited from releasing titles in the popular ‘battle royale’ genre,” the Dow Jones Newswire reported. “Management reminded investors that the company is a faster follower.”
Were Activision to introduce a battle royale mode to a future Call of Duty installment, it would technically not be a first for the series. The franchise’s Chinese-exclusive Call of Duty: Online has already tested its own battle royale mode, one which operates on small maps with 18 players instead of the genre’s typical 100. Should a mainline title in the franchise adopt the mode, Call of Duty: Online could provide a template for how it might work.
The next Call of Duty title slated for release is Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, coming to us from developer Treyarch Studios. Treyarch-developed Call of Duty installments are generally packed to the brim with content, including single-player campaigns, some bonus single-player mode, a full multiplayer suite, and an extensive Zombies survival mode. It’s very possible that Black Ops 4 will feature a battle royale option, but the level of its complexity will depend on the amount of resources Treyarch decides to devote to it. There is also the possibility that a completely different Activision property will try out the mode, but Call of Duty seems like the most obvious choice.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is slated to launch October 12th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Fans know virtually nothing about the game just yet, but more will be unveiled during its full reveal on May 17th.
Source: VG 24/7