Rumour has it that Black Ops 4 - Treyarch’s next instalment in the Call of Duty franchise - will not include a single player campaign.
It will apparently also move back to a more modern period, away from the series’ increasingly sci-fi setting (which will be well-received in the COD community, but I’ve always been a sucker for a flashy laser gun and a pair of anti-gravity boots).
The game will apparently feature a greater emphasis on new cooperative and online modes. Zombies will almost certainly be making a comeback, along with an alleged battle royale mode.
The lack of a single player campaign might not be terrible for the franchise. Let’s be honest, apart from Modern Warfare they are rarely all that good, and COD WWII’s attempt to revert to a grittier story was met with mixed reviews. Multiplayer has always been the highlight of the COD games and WWII introduced the larger scale ‘War’ mode. Hopefully Treyarch will acknowledge the popularity this new game type and expand on it in Black Ops 4.
Let’s also hope the developers continue with the best thing about WWII. The last instalment was one of the few recent games which let split-screen players battle online. Fingers crossed Black Ops 4 doesn’t ruin the series (like 343 Industries did with Halo 5) by removing split-screen. Treyarch could even take us back to those long-forgotten days when four friends could happily murder each other from the same sofa.
Let’s be honest, apart from Modern Warfare, CoD single player campaigns are rarely all that good
The truth of these speculations will officially be revealed on May 17th. Black Ops 4 will be released on October 12th for PC, Xbox One, PS4 and the Nintendo Switch.