Today was the official reveal for Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, the next game in the series which is set to launch on October 12, 2018, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. There was a ton of information revealed to the public and we’re still processing everything we heard from Treyarch, who is heading development on this iteration of the series.
Let’s start with the lack of a traditional campaign for Black Ops IIII, in lieu of what we’re used to seeing, Treyarch is looking to expand the “multiplayer universe,” and will see the inclusion of solo missions with new and returning specialist. These missions would help bridge both backstories for each specialist but would help learn the many of the gameplay mechanics via tutorials. These will take place between the second and third Black Ops titles.
Treyarch is saying Black Ops IIII will be the deepest, team-tactical multiplayer experience ever delivered, and is said to push the boundaries of the Black Ops series. This game is set between Black Ops II and Black Ops III with “fast and fluid grounded combat, and elevated player customization for individuals. The studio went back and revamped the Pick 10 system, as well as a diverse specialist roster and new elements including Gear.
Specialist are tailored to many playstyles and these can be applied strategically across the various game modes, and, players can choose certain specialist ideal for team modes – rushers for close quarters combat, long-range sharpshooters for coverage, and agile objective players to clear and contain.
Zombies in Call of Duty are celebrating 10 years, so Treyarch is going big for this iteration for launch day with three full Zombie experiences: IX, Voyage of Despair, and Blood of the Dead. Expect a new cast of characters and new adventures with deeper gameplay and tons of Easter Eggs laid out for you to discover.
The rumours of a Battle Royale mode are now confirmed as Call of Duty takes on the genre with an entirely new mode called Blackout, which combines the “signature Black Ops combat, characters, weapons, gadgets, equipment, and locations, with the largest map by an order of magnitude in Call of Duty history.” Players can insert themselves into action and scavenge, strategize and compete against others in solo, or team play, and there’s even air, ground and water vehicles to use.
Lastly, for those who play on PC, the game will be made exclusively available via Battle.net as Treyarch works with Beenox to get this up and running with 4K, dedicated servers and an uncapped framerate.