Multiple sources have surfaced this week claiming the latest COD game won't include the traditional single-player campaign found in past installments, instead featuring a battle royale mode of its own. That being said, the Call of Duty franchise has had some pretty phenomenal single-player campaigns in the past (Ghost!).
According to the Polygon website, this year's Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be the first Call of Duty game not to have a single-player campaign. To make up for the lack of campaign, there will be a bigger focus on Zombies and possibly some additional co-op modes.
Previous main Call of Duty titles have always included a story. The reason for this might seem surprising too; rather than choosing to focus exclusively on multiplayer, it seems Treyarch, the developers for this year's entry, didn't have enough time for a single player campaign. The game is set to launch October 12 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Black Ops 4 is being developed by Treyarch, who are no stranger to the Call of Duty Franchise. "Paying the same price for what many will perceive as a smaller game may turn into a tough sell for the Call of Duty team". Black Ops 3 shipped for the PS3 and Xbox 360 without a campaign and no significant dent in Activision's sales was reported.
If this news is accurate, it may account for a few puzzling Call Of Duty headlines that have emerged over the past few weeks. The genre is now captivating a large portion of the gaming audience and it would only seem natural that Activision wants to hop on this trend before it's exhausted. Activision declined to comment on any current reports, but it's hosting a reveal event on May 17 to share more info about the upcoming game.
Call of Duty usually releases in November, but it seems likely Activision is hoping to get a head start on Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2, which comes out on October 26.