5 big changes that are coming in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4


Like your birthday and Tax Day, every year you can count on the release of a brand new Call of Duty game. 

Just before the annual rush that is E3, Activision and Treyarch games hosted a community livestream event in Los Angeles which confirmed that this year’s release will be called Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (or IIII if you’re using the official style and hate shorthand Roman numerals).

The game will be released on October 12 on PS4, Xbox One and PC, all of which isn’t entirely surprising. What is surprising, though, is that this game will be making some changes to the Call of Duty formula that’s become so familiar over the past few years. 

Here we’ve rounded up the five biggest changes you need to know about. 

Single player is out

One of the most notable changes being made in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is the removal of the single-player campaign. It’s a first for the franchise but it’s probably not a bad move given online multiplayer has long been the main draw of the Call of Duty franchise. While the cinematic single-player campaigns have offered players some unforgettable missions and experiences in previous games, we don’t think the series will suffer for losing them. 

It was only last year when playing Call of Duty: WW2 that we at TechRadar felt the game’s main campaign, while stunning and cinematic, somewhat missed its emotional mark. It doesn’t feel like such a bad thing that the developers want to focus on telling stories in different ways. 

Players who enjoy playing solo won’t be forced into endless multiplayer matches, though. Treyarch have said that solo missions will be integrated into the game’s multiplayer. These missions will apparently give players some deeper insight into the specialists that they’ll be able to choose from in the main multiplayer modes, offering a connection to the game world as well as a means of practising before tackling the faster pace and higher pressure of online multiplayer. 

Battle Royale is in