Thursday, May 3, 2018

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Release Date & Features: 8 Things to Know

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This is what you need to know about the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 release date that is coming on October 12th. Activision and Treyarch announced the earlier than normal release date along with plans for a global reveal on May 17th in LA.

Signs point to Black Ops 4 in a modern setting, potentially without a single player and with a Call of Duty Battle Royale mode. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is only confirmed for PS4, Xbox One and PC. There is no mention of the Nintendo Switch.

Despite increasing to four Treyarch is keeping the numeral logos to IIII instead of IV. For simplicity’s sake we’ll refer to the game as Black Ops 4.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Details

<figcaption class=" wp-caption-text/>The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 game is official.

Here’s a combination of what we know from the official announcement, leaks, what we know from following the mostly predictable Call of Duty development cycle and what we expect to see from Black Ops 4.

  • Call of Duty 2018 Release Date: October 12 (Confirmed)

  • 2018 COD Name: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Confirmed)

  • Call of Duty 2018 Setting: Modern War (Multiple Sources)

  • Call of Duty: WWII Systems: Xbox, PS4, PC (Confirmed)

Follow along as we share everything you need to know about the new COD 2018 release date, potential time periods and other details you will want to know about.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Release Date

The Call of Duty 2018 release date is confirmed for October 12th. That is way earlier than normal and it could be due to pressure from PUBG and Battlefield V.

This is a Friday, and it means that this is an early release compared to most games. It is not yet clear if you will need to buy a specific version to start playing on Friday, but in the past the Friday release has come to all editions. Count on a midnight release on digital platforms and at retailers like GameStop and Best Buy.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Setting

<figcaption class=" wp-caption-text/>What you need to know about the 2018 Call of Duty game.

There is a very good chance we will see Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 arrive this year. While Treyarch has developed other Call of Duty story lines for Activision, the most popular is the Black Ops series. The last three Treyarch Call of Duty games are Black Ops, and it is one of the most loved series so it makes sense to stick with it.

Call of Duty: Black Ops games cover a wide range of historical settings from the Cold War in the original Black Ops to a split story arc that put players in the 1980s and in 2025 in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 delivered the best futuristic version of Call of Duty with a finely tuned advanced movement system and a game that took place in 2065 to 2070.

Given the range of time periods and the current push towards boots on the ground it would make sense to see Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 arrive with a more modern look and feel or even in a semi-historical setting. Eurogamer backs up Sellar’s tweet with additional sources that point to a modern setting with boots on the ground combat.

Kotaku confirms with sources that the hat shown above is the Black Ops 4 logo and that the game will take place in a near future setting.

A job posting for Treyarch seeking someone with “deep knowledge base of firearms and modern military technology.”, points to a modern setting for the 2018 Call of Duty game. This is just one of many postings for Treyarch, as the studio ramps up for a 2018 Call of Duty release.

When to Expect More Black Ops 4 News?

Now that we know the game is Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, you can count on seeing more information on May 17th as they reveal the game to the world. Expect to see this focus on the story and the setting, with a multiplayer reveal later in the year at E3.

Next up after that is E3 2018 in June, where we should see Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Gameplay and learn much more about the game. This is also where we could learn about the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Features & Maps

Given the current trends, expect boots on the ground, rather than advanced movement. Personally I am hoping for shorter sprint out times and more sprint than is available in Call of Duty: WWII. A modern setting opens up the possibility of many other Call of Duty weapons and this could speed up gameplay from the slightly slower paced Call of Duty: WWII where reload times take a while and magazines are not very large.

A report from mid April pointed to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 gameplay that will be similar to Overwatch.

Treyarch is best known for three lane map designs. While other developers stick with this style on many maps, Treyarch is the best at delivering this style and it should lead to a nice mix of maps for the game. It is unknown if the War mode from Call of Duty: WWII will transfer over, but it would be fun to play that in a more modern setting.

We know that Perks are coming back after an absence in Call of Duty: WWII. Treyarch shared a look at some of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Perks and the return of a Pick 10 system that players know from Call of Duty.

Even without advanced movement and booster packs for jumps, I’m hoping that Treyarch brings back the slide, which is much more useful than the dive in Call of Duty: WWII. Expect to see Supply Drops and Call of Duty Points as well as Call of Duty DLC and a Season Pass.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Battle Royale

Rumors continue to suggest that Black Ops 4 will come with a Battle Royale style game mode that will help Activision take on PUBG and Fortnite better.

Eurogamer, CharlieIntel and Kotaku all paint a picture of this new mode that Raven software will be in charge of. Currently the Black Ops 4 Battle Royale mode can’t handle 100 players, but it is early.

This new Black Ops 4 BR mode would take the place of a single player story mode in the new Call of Duty, which Polygon reported is cut.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Beta?

For the past three Call of Duty releases we’ve seen a Call of Duty beta arrive ahead of the official release. This is partially a demo to show players what they can expect while also driving up pre-orders.

The developers also use this to fine tune weapons and maps for the official release. We don’t have any inside information, but expect that there will be a Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta this year in August or September that will allow you to test out the new maps and movement.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Deals

It’s still early, but there are already many Black Ops 4 deals that allow you to save up to $22 on the new Call of Duty when you pre-order. These deals aren’t going away until the release date, so you don’t need to commit just yet.

These are the best prices you will see until Black Friday 2018 when the game will likely drop to $38 without any memberships.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Systems

You can count on seeing Call of Duty 2018 on the PS4, Xbox One and PC. Expect enhanced versions on the Xbox One X and the PS4 Pro. It’s too early for a PS5 version of the game to be in the picture.

It’s looking like we will see Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for the Nintendo Switch. Treyarch has experience developing for Nintendo systems, but it sounds like the Switch version will be a port that uses HD rumble, supports motion controls and that will get DLC. This would be the first Call of Duty game on a Nintendo console since Ghosts in 2013.  We’re seeing more mature content on Nintendo consoles lately, and with blockbuster console sales this makes sense. At this stage only PS4, Xbox One and PC releases are confirmed.

For the past three Call of Duty releases Sony was the primary partner, which meant DLC and the beta arrived first on the PS4. There is a good chance that Sony will keep the early access. Microsoft had the same deal for five years before Sony took it away, so ultimately it will come down to cash, agreements in place and marketshare.

Call of Duty: WWII Season Pass: 4 Reasons to Buy & 3 to Wait

Buy if Call of Duty: WWII is Still Your Go to Game

Is Call of Duty: WWII your game? If you are sticking with Call of Duty while half the population jumps to Fortnite Battle Royale and PUBG, this is a good investment. 

This is still the go to boots on the ground version of Call of Duty, and even with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on the way it makes sense to buy the Season Pass if you will play Call of Duty: WWII for most of 2018. 

If you think you will buy all of the maps because you loved the first 6 months of Call of Duty: WWII or because you like the direction the game is going with each update, you should buy the Season Pass. 

For gamers who are planning to play Call of Duty: WWII for a year, it doesn’t make sense to wait and buy the DLC separately or even to skip one or two of them since that will limit the matchmaking as you get split into a smaller and smaller pool. 

We’re seeing a new Call of Duty, or rather a return to a more classic Call of Duty game and while things could change with updates, if you are hooked on this game, buy the Season Pass now. 

You save $10 over buying the DLC individually, you get a bonus and you may need to wait a long time for a deal. 

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