\’Call of Duty: Black Ops 4\’ hops on battle royale bandwagon, loses story mode

\’Call of Duty: Black Ops 4\’ hops on battle royale bandwagon, loses story mode

The biggest shooter in the world is going through some big changes.

During a reveal event in Los Angeles, Activision (ATVI) and developer Treyarch took the wraps off “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.” Due out October 16 for consoles and PC, the sequel to 2015’s “Black Ops III” strays from tradition by ditching the franchise’s standard single-player story campaign.

In its place, Treyarch will follow in the footsteps of recent mega-hits like “Fortnite” and “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” with an online battle royale mode called “Blackout.” Players will drop onto a huge map — 1,500 times bigger than the popular Call of Duty “Nuketown” map — and use their wits, weapons and vehicles to try to outlast the competition.

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.

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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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