The biggest shooter in the world is going through some big changes.
During a reveal event in Los Angeles, Activision
In its place, Treyarch will follow in the footsteps of recent mega-hits like
The decision to strip out the campaign will doubtlessly raise the ire of the fickle gamer community, though it’s clear that Activision sees the popularity of the burgeoning battle royale genre — and the ability to monetize a game far beyond its initial launch — as a rabbit well worth chasing.
Black Ops 4’s multiplayer focus was driven home by Treyarch chairman Mark Lamia.
“Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 gives you more ways to have fun with friends than anything we have ever created,” he said. “It’s the deepest, most replayable game in our history.”
It’s also a return to the boots-on-the-ground action that once defined “Call of Duty.” In recent years, the franchise moved into near-future settings, letting players jump thrust and wall run around levels. That kind of sci-fi mobility has been toned down in favor of more traditional running and gunning.
The new game introduces a slew of changes to that formula, however. Players will be able to heal themselves in the middle of a firefight, though they’ll need to be smart about when to do so.
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