Activision has confirmed that the next Call of Duty game will be Black Ops 4. The publisher has promised to reveal more information about the game on May 17 during a live stream event. What we do know is that veteran CoD studio Treyarch is developing the game.
Some reports suggest that Treyarch is even working on a Switch version of Black Ops 4. Whether or not that version of the game will launch alongside the other versions of Black Ops 4 has not been confirmed at this time. There are also reports that Black Ops 4 might be available via Battle.net.
It makes sense that the next Call of Duty title would be Black Ops 4 considering the previous release schedule of recent Call of Duty games. Recently, Black Ops games have arrived on a three-year release schedule and it has been three years since the last Black Ops title. Furthermore, the Black Ops games have historically sold quite well in comparison to even the “main” games in the Call of Duty franchise.
What is somewhat surprising is the rumored notion that Black Ops 4‘s setting may be impacted by the negative reception to recent Call of Duty titles. Historically, the Black Ops games have kind of marched to their own beat. As such, it’s admittedly odd to consider that the next installment in the franchise may adopt a more crowd-pleasing setting and tone. Of course, we have no doubt that some of the trademark weirdness of Black Ops series will live on regardless of the era this game happens to take place in.
Here’s what else we know about the game:
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Beta
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is on the way, but before the full game arrives in October, Treyarch is going to host a few beta sessions to test out the PvP multiplayer as well as the new battle royale mode, Blackout. Here are the dates:
If you pre-order the PS4 version of the game, you’ll be able to jump into the PvP multiplayer beta on Aug. 3 at 1 pm ET. This is a timed PS4 exclusive beta. Xbox One and PC owners can play the beta on Aug. 10 at 1 pm ET. Six maps will be playable in Team Deathmatch, Domination, Hardpoint, Search & Destroy, and Control modes.
The Blackout beta will take place sometime in September. This beta will be available to those who pre-ordered the PS4 version of the game first.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Trailer
The first multiplayer trailer has arrived and it showcases all the explosive online combat action you should expect in this new installment. Check it out below:
You can watch the very first teaser trailer below:
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Release Date
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will arrive on Oct. 12, 2018. It’s coming to PS4, XBO, and PC.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Campaign
During the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 reveal stream, the developers confirmed that Black Ops 4 will not feature a traditional campaign. However, it will feature extensive zombie mode options – including the ability to play zombie mode with bots – and there were hints that the multiplayer mode’s various operatives will be playable in short single-player modes that will allow you to learn their abilities.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Battle Royale
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will feature a battle royale mode called Blackout. You can read much more about this new mode here.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Zombie Mode
Black Ops 4‘s zombie mode is shaping up to be the series’ largest and most impressive take on the concept yet. From time travel to custom match options, you can read about all of the mode’s features here.