Fans of the Call of Duty video game series will soon be able to hit the battlefield once again.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is slated to be released soon. Notably, the game will feature a number of major gameplay changes compared to its predecessor, a point of both contention and praise from the gaming community.
Here’s all you need to know about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will feature several gameplay modes and a number of new maps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 release date
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is slated to be released on Friday, October 12.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 preorder time
As of Tuesday, October 9, PC gamers are now able to preload Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players looking to play Blackout, the game’s battle royale mode, can play it as soon as the Day One update is 30 percent complete.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 modes
Notably, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be the first Call of Duty game to lack a single-player campaign. Instead, it will feature a new mode called Solo Missions, which focuses on the backstories of the game’s main characters, known as Specialists.
The video game is primarily a multiplayer video game first and foremost and features three main gameplay modes: Multiplayer, Zombies and Blackout.
The game’s multiplayer mode will feature the ability to play as Specialists, unique characters with special abilities. The video game will offer a choice of ten specialists to play as, six of whom – Prophet, Ruin, Seraph, Battery, Firebreak and Nomad – are returning characters from Call of Duty: Black Ops III.
Four new Specialists – Ajax, Recon, Crash and Torque – will be added to the game.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s multiplayer mode has seen a number of notable changes compared to its predecessors, with automatic health regeneration now being replaced by manual healing, weapons being given more predictive recoil and the hitscan system being replaced by a mixed ballistics system.
In addition, Multiplayer will now allow for greater weapon customization abilities.
The Zombie game mode has also returned for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
This cooperative game mode will feature greater customization than its previous iterations, allowing for a more personalized gaming experience. Time-limited events called Callings will also be implemented into the upcoming video game.
Notably, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be the first Call of Duty game to feature two separate storylines for the Zombie gameplay mode and a number of unique maps, including ones set on the RMS Titanic, in Ancient Rome and on the infamous Alcatraz Island.
Perhaps the most anticipated mode for the game is Blackout, a new battle royale game mode.
Capitalizing on the battle royale video game phenomenon brought about recently by games like Fortnite, Blackout will take place on the largest map ever featured in a Call of Duty game and also offer ground, air and sea vehicles for players to utilize.
The game mode will also offer gamers the chance to play as characters from the entire Black Ops game series.
The Blackout game mode will feature matches of 100 players who can play as solo, duos or squads of four to drop onto the map via helicopter, scavenge for weapons and equipment and ultimately battle each other as the map’s playable area steadily decreases.
AI-controlled Zombies will also spawn on the map and drop loot upon being killed.
Much like Fortnite, a number of special modes will appear within Blackout mode itself, altering the characteristics of physical items in the game world. Close Quarters mode, for example, will exclude long-range weaponry, making matches faster and more aggressive overall.
In addition, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will feature classic gameplay modes like Kill Confirmed and Team Deathmatch, it will also feature new gameplay modes such as Control and Heist.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 maps
For the game’s Blackout mode, the map will likely be regularly updated with new content.
14 maps will also be available upon launch, with ten original maps being added and four maps from previous editions of the game – Jungle, Slums, Firing Range and Summit – being revamped for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
In addition, one new map, Nuketown, is slated to be added sometime in November 2018.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 tips
The multiplayer focus of the game and notable gameplay changes have altered how it will play compared to previous iterations of the franchise.
The Telegraph spoke to Dan Bunting of Treyarch, the game’s co-developer, to get his thoughts.
Regarding the video game’s gameplay, Bunting said: ‘I think it will be both familiar and new.
‘There is a new level of tactical gameplay to the mode where we want to slow the pace down a bit without slowing the player down.
‘We want the player to still feel powerful and that they can move through the world more fluidly. But the pace is a little slower.’
Bunting also noted that the game will emphasize teamwork and advised players to take their time in learning the mechanics of the new game in order to succeed.
‘Don’t be afraid to take it slow. Get to know the content as much as you can and stick with your team. Teams that play together are going to be able to win more often,’ he said.
With regards as to which Specialists players should choose, Bunting said that the decision ultimately lies in the gameplay style and skill of the individual player.
‘The core experience of gunplay and movement is the majority of what you are going to focus on but the specialists are going to give a new layer to the tactics and strategies you can use in gameplay.
‘Whether you are an aggressive player that wants to confront the enemy in a fast rapid way head-on, or whether you are a slower more tactical player that wants to hang out behind and support your team. We want to make sure there is something for everybody,’ he said.
He added: ‘Some players might prefer to play with someone like Battery because she is technically an ”easier” character to play.
‘She has the cluster grenade, which is her piece of equipment. She can throw it and it explodes and a cluster of smaller explosions in a larger radius.’
Speaking of the new Control game mode, which features two teams attacking and defending static objective points to gain points, Bunting said: ‘It’s our signature mode for this game because it’s the first mode that we built and we built a lot of the systems around Control.
‘It brings out the best of everything that we have designed in this game. It brings out the best in specialist roles. It brings out the best in teamwork.’
The new Heist game mode, which involves seizing bags of cash and escaping via helicopter, has proven to be exceptionally popular during the game’s beta test.
‘Heist completely flips the script on the rules, you don’t bring any class into the game or pick specialists other than for cosmetics.
‘You are getting more powerful over the course of each match. It’s a really fun mode and a completely different take that fits more into our party mode vein of games that we have done in the past,’ Bunting says of the new game mode.
How to play Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
The upcoming video game can be played on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows.
What is Call of Duty video game series?
The Call of Duty video game series is a first-person shooter video game franchise published by Activision and developed by Treyarch, Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games.
The first game of the series, Call of Duty, was released in October 2003 and proved to be a commercial and critical success.
Its success soon spawned a number of sequels which were initially set during World War II, but later branched out to include other periods and settings starting with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare in 2007.
As of February 2016, the video game franchise has sold more than 250 million copies worldwide.
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