Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is the next title in Activision’s illustrious FPS series. It’s promised to be a return to a near-future where drone warfare and wallrunning exoskeletons are commonplace - not quite boots on the ground, but no space warfare either.
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Working on the 15th instalment in the main series, and the first with a story arc to make it past three games (four if you count World at War), developers Treyarch will have a tough job shrugging off any series weariness while still appealing to hardcore Call of Duty players.
So, what can we expect from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 when it deploys on PC? Here is everything we know about Black Ops 4, from its release date and upcoming reveals, to the gameplay and modes we want to see.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 release date
Activision are opting for an October launch for this year’s call of Duty, which is the first time they’ve done that since the release of COD 2, way back in 2005. The exact Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 release date is October 12, 2018.
That release date puts it two weeks ahead of Red Dead Redemption’s launch, which could be the reasoning behind Activision abandoning their traditional November COD release window. After so many years of annual releases landing without hindrance, it is also safe to assume the Black Ops 4 release date will not be delayed or pushed back.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 zombies
As much as we would love to see a return of Modern Warfare’s Spec Ops third mode, Treyarch have already confirmed that the PvE mode in Black Ops 4 will be zombies. A community reveal event is taking place on May 17, 2018, so hopefully we will learn more then.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 trailer
So far we only have one Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 trailer, and it does not reveal any information about the upcoming release. You can watch it above.
So what does the trailer show us, if anything? Well, there are the two aforementioned dates, which you should go ahead and mark in your calendar. There is also a quick run through of the three preceding entries, with glimpses of multiplayer, zombies, and campaign. Finally, there is a line that reads “forget what you know” - whether this is just marketing flavour or a suggestion that the story arc is heading in a totally new direction is impossible to say at such an early stage in the lead-up to release.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta
Beta testing has been a relatively new addition to the Call of Duty pre-release cycle, but we can expect a number of betas for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 commencing from roughly July onwards. The first beta for last year’s COD started two months before release, with the PC beta launching a month later, however, so expect a similar timeline for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 gameplay
As ever with COD, we do not expect Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 gameplay to differ drastically from the norm. Fast-paced gunplay, lots of explosions, killstreaks, and class creation should all make a return in some form. However, Treyarch have made a name for themselves as one of the more inventive COD studios, so we can expect a few solid innovations in terms of gameplay.
After all, they invented the massively popular zombies mode, took the series to the near-future, and implemented movement systems like wallrunning and knee slides. We should learn more by May 17, which is when the community reveal event takes place, so be sure to return then for more details.
And that is your lot. We will continually update this guide whenever we learn more about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, so keep checking back for all the latest news and information. Excited for Black Ops 4? Sound off in the comments below.