CoD is one of the most popular gaming franchises in the world, and this year could get even bigger with the rumoured arrival of Call of Duty Black Ops 4. Treyarch is in charge of the 2018 instalment and clues have already begun emerging about what it might be.
Trusted Reviews has rounded up all the latest news for this year’s entry, as well as a wishlist of what we’d love to see from a potential Black Ops 4.
Call of Duty Black Ops 4 news – what’s the latest?
Eurogamer has published a report stating that Call of Duty 2018 will be Black Ops 4. Its article was backed up by multiple sources although no further information was given.
Call of Duty Black Ops 4 release date – when is it coming out?
You can expect Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 to launch in November if the last decade or so acts as any indication. We’ll likely hear more about it at E3 2018.
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Call of Duty Black Ops 4 developer – who is making it?
This year’s installment is set to be helmed by Treyarch. Previously responsible for Call of Duty: Black Ops, World at War and popularising the iconic Zombies mode, the developer’s next outing is yet to be unveiled although rumours point to Black Ops 4 being the main contender.
Call of Duty Black Ops 4 setting – where is it taking place?
As mentioned earlier, no information regarding Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has been confirmed thus far. Considering the huge popularity of Call of Duty: WW2 another archaic setting is certainly on the cards, although Treyarch is far more renown for its depictions of futuristic warfare than anything else.
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Call of Duty Black Ops 4 wishlist – Things we’d love to see
A cast of compelling characters
Despite possessing a short yet entertaining solo campaign, Call of Duty: WW2 at times failed to capture the drama and heartbreak of war in a way that felt truly convincing. This was, in part, thanks to its occasionally generic cast.
Treyarch’s next effort would benefit from introducing a compelling lead alongside a likeable ensemble of characters we want to fight alongside. Maybe we’ll see another handful of famous actors step up to the virtual plate.
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Ditch the Season Pass!
The modern shooter has begun abandoning the Season Pass model. Titanfall 2 and Star Wars Battlefront 2 now provide players with free weapons, maps and modes without any additional cost. Instead, they opt to include optional in-game cosmetic micro-transactions which are completely optional. Albeit Battlefront 2 is not the best advertisement for this model, but others have adopted it much better, like Overwatch, and it’d be great to have Activision adopt a similar system in the next Call of Duty.
Call of Duty: WW2 incorporated loot-boxes but still distributes content through regular map packs that some find overpriced. Regular updates would provide us with a big incentive to return to an already excellent multiplayer formula.
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Vehicles in multiplayer
Call of Duty: WW2‘s multiplayer options were stronger than ever. Prioritising basic gunplay over futuristic technology helped Sledgehammer Games craft something that felt much more reliant on skill as opposed to luck.
Matches also felt larger and more dynamic. Bombers flew overhead while thunderous explosions rocked players as they strive to dispatch one another. This adrenaline-pumping action could be heightened even further with controllable vehicles on specific maps.
It wouldn’t be a first for the series, either. Treyarch’s own World at War saw arenas in WW2 Berlin littered with tanks players could jump into at anytime. It’s something we think would add an extra layer of enjoyment to combat if executed with the right balance.
Do something more with Zombies
Zombies has reached the point where it’s now a common component in all Call of Duty titles. Regardless of the developer, there’s always a mode where you and a group of friends can team up to obliterate the undead. Sadly, we feel it’s grown a little stagnant in recent years.
Even though most were left disappointed by Call of Duty: Ghosts, its horde mode at least introduced a new type of enemy with its alien adversaries, lending things an extra sense of supernatural tension. It was something different, thinking outside of the box in a series that seldom does.
We want Call of Duty Black Ops 4 to do the same, innovating upon a formula that’s grown used to the same old set of tricks.
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