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4 Things We Learned from the Black Ops 4 Reveal Event

/ May 17th, 2018 No Comments

Black Ops 4 Reveal

With about a month to go before E3 2018, Activision and developer Treyarch held an event to officially reveal Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The presentation was packed with high-octane trailers and lots of details. Here are the most important ones:

Battle Royale is coming to Black Ops 4

The word “Fortnite” has seemingly become synonymous with “battle royale,” but you need to separate the two in order to embrace Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode — and the string of other large-scale battle royale games sure to come soon. Black Ops 4’s mode will be called Blackout, and it will feature characters, weapons and vehicles from throughout the franchise’s history on a map that is 1,500 times bigger than Nuketown.

Black Ops 4 Battle Royale Mode

Black Ops 4 Battle Royale Mode

While it will inevitably be compared to Fortnite, Black Ops 4 has the ability to make a completely different battle royale experience, and that appears to be the goal for Treyarch. Whether you are excited for it or not, it will be interesting to see how Call of Duty’s first attempt at a battle royale mode works.

There is no solo campaign

While battle royale is in, a single-player campaign is out. Treyarch confirmed that there will be “no traditional campaign” in this game, although there will be some solo missions available through the game’s multiplayer.

There have been some legitimately good campaigns throughout Call of Duty’s history, but there have also been some messy ones. However, there is no doubt that players have put less emphasis on these game modes to focus on the multiplayer. Trying to tell stories that make sense within the Call of Duty universe seems to have become increasingly difficult for developers, which is exactly why modes like Zombies exist.

Zombies pushes the franchise further from the Call of Duty

The Call of Duty franchise was built on the darkness of real warfare and risking lives to protect more lives. Due to the source material, the series has never strayed too far from the grey and gloom of the original Call of Duty games. With no campaign, Treyarch is using Zombies to tell a story, and it is one that very much seems like it’s ready to take Call of Duty in new directions unbound by the chains of real-life war.

Black Ops 4 Zombies

Black Ops 4 Zombies goes way beyond Spaceland.

At the reveal event, Treyarch showed off three separate Zombies experiences, including one aboard the Titanic and one taking place in a medieval Roman coliseum. The developer is set to take players to places far beyond the realm of any other Call of Duty game (will ancient Rome even include guns?). This is a balance between the Black Ops that fans love and a bold new direction for Call of Duty, and it could be just the start of a changing tide for a 15-year old series.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 release date announced

During the presentation, Activision revealed that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will release Oct. 12 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC (via

This release date is somewhat early for a Call of Duty game, with annual releases typically coming in November. However, Black Ops 4 will have the opportunity to be on shelves for a couple weeks without competing with Rockstar Games’ highly-anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2, which is set to launch on Oct. 26.


Ryan Bloom

Ryan Bloom

Chief Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ryan Bloom is a writer and avid gamer from Orange County. He received a B.A. in Communications with a minor in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton in 2010. Follow him on Twitter @BloomsTweets.
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