Activision and Treyarch have unveiled the new Zombies mode for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Featuring a whole new cast of characters — Charlotte, Bruno, Diego, and Shaw — and storyline, the mode will launch with three different Zombies scenarios.
The first scenario is called “IX” and will follow a gladiator theme. While Treyarch didn’t show any actual gameplay from the mode, the cinematic trailer seems to indicate that this scenario will be based around melee weapons.
Check out the trailer below:
Treyarch also showed off a scenario called “Voyage of the Damned,” which pays tribute to pulp adventure stories such as the Indiana Jones series. The story revolves around what looks like a heist on the Titanic. It’s insane. Here’s the trailer:
The third scenario is “Blood of the Dead,” a remaster of “Mob of the Dead” from Black Ops 2. Treyarch dropped a short teaser for this, as well:
Treyarch plans to make Zombies an “evergreen” mode that it hopes will have “daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly engagement.” One way the developer is through timed and seasonal events, which indicates that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be taking a note from the live services approach that has become a mainstay of the AAA gaming industry. These events will come in the form of special challenges called Callings, which will “regularly introduce new ways to play the game and set the stage for ongoing seasonal content and a few themed experience surprises along the way,” according to co-studio head Jason Blundell.
The studio is also adding variety to the mode through a plethora of customization options called Mutations that allow players to adjust several aspects of the mode, such as zombie speed, health, type, player damage, magic box functionality, and more. Treyarch promised over 100 different customization options.
Finally, Treyarch also announced that the new Zombies will feature bot support, tutorials for beginners, and a new mode called Zombie Rush, which will “simplify the experience to create a whole new tempo of gameplay.” The latter sounds like a more direct horde mode than the more objective-based design of recent Zombies offerings.
We’ll keep you updated as we learn more about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4!