For fans of Call of Duty, today was a good day!
Activision and Treyarch unveiled the latest in the Black Ops series, called, wait for it, Black Ops 4!
After a rousing demonstration, we're here to bring you all the information that you need to satiate your CoD needs.
The game is multiplayer only with no distinct solo campaign to speak of, in a big shake up for the series. However, this is not really unexpected given the huge focus on multiplayer, not just from Call of Duty over the years, but also the way the first person landscape has changed through Fortnight, and Player Unknown's Battlegrounds.
The presentation for the game opened with a rip roaring multiplayer trailer for Black Ops 4, showcasing the traditional Call of Duty, down the barrel sights game play, and mixing that up with defensive shields, sticky multiple detonation cluster bombs, and melee throwing weapons. The series has certainly come along way in the past decade.
Mark Lamia of Treyarch stated that "Black Ops 4 is a game that gives you more ways to have fun with your friends than anything that we've ever created. It's the deepest, most re-playable game in our history."
For the first time in the Black Ops series weapons will have specific attachments for each gun where as in previous games, attachments have been the same across classes. Animations for weapons have been re-worked, as you would expect, but in another first for the series, tracer effects from gun fire is now in 3D making is easier to fully grasp where the shots are coming from.
Weapons now come with a predictive recoil system which allows you to make constant micro-adjustments whilst shooting.
This means that each weapon will have distinctive nuances, therefore, if you put enough time in to each weapon, you can truly learn, and master the game.
In a huge departure for the Call of Duty franchise, auto-regenerative health has gone, replaced with a system of healing that must be triggered by the player with a specific button. This adds a huge tactical element to the game as you decide when the best time for you is to health, potentially putting yourself at risk in the heat of battle.
Although the game is obviously multiplayer focused, it does come with a story of sorts and Treyarch revealed the narrative trailer at the announcement.
Zombies Mode has always been a huge part of the Black Ops experience and the presentation was geared very much to showing how much Treyarch understand this. A huge 20 minutes of the show was dedicated to showing the level of focus that has gone into this mode.
The game will launch day one with three distinctively different Zombie experiences in three unique locales. Not only this but the game dispenses with all past story lines in this universe to create all new characters, weapons, and enemies.
The first experience is simply titled "IX" or 9, for those not up with Roman numerals. Showcasing an ancient Egyptian-esque landscape with gladiatorial combat, the first experience certainly showcases some impressive visuals as the fighters are turned gruesomely into the undead, and those that aren't, are devoured.
Zombies will feature full customisation tools to tailor the experience as you wish, including custom mutations to allow you alter the games Zombies in over one hundred different ways. Excitingly this will include altering the speed of Zombies, health, damage, and so on to play the game the way that you want.
The two other experiences announced were "Voyage of Despair", and "Blood of the Dead."
Voyage of Despair
Blood of the Dead
Finally, and what a large part of the Call of Duty was hoping for, is a battle royale mode, but this being Black Ops, there is a huge history to draw on.
Announced at the event was Blackout.
Blackout is a combination, and culmination of 10 years worth of Black Ops systems, including all weapons, vehicles, and sections of maps all combined into one huge battle for success.
Little was shown regarding this mode, with the likelihood that this is being saved for E3, but the game will certainly provide huge competition for the current status quo of battle royale games out there when it releases.
There is no doubt that Black Ops 4 will be a massive game upon release, and it certainly has alot going for it.
The volume of content being discussed is something that hasn't been seen in a Call of Duty game before. Whilst the mainly multiplayer focus, may deter some, the large majority will likely be happy with this new centre of attention.
The game is due to release on the 12th October on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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