Rumors of this year’s CoD first surfaced earlier this year when gaming journalist Marcus Sellars claimed that the game will debut on the Switch as well. At the time, Sellars also noted that the game will be based in modern times without futuristic technology. However, reports now claim that similar to previous versions, Black Ops 4 will be set in a near-future setting.
Call of Duty Black Ops 4 will be developed by Activision’s Treyarch Studios, which is credited with the first three Black Ops games as well. Despite the hints, it is pretty difficult to predict what exactly the game will have. Treyarch’s job listings suggest that the game will be set in the on modern day. However, considering how easily Black Ops titles can shift between several eras in a single campaign, there are always chances that other time periods will be included as well, notes NewsWeek.
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Further, the existence of Black Ops 4 has also been confirmed by NBA star James Harden, who was recently seen wearing a cap with a Black Ops 4 logo. One source told Kotaku that the logo on the hat is indeed the official logo forthe upcoming game. If this is true, the game won’t use “IV” as the Roman numeral for four; instead, it will use “IIII.” Black Ops 4 merchandise also recently surfaced on GameStop’s internal database, again confirming the existence of the game.
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With hints about the upcoming game dropping every now and then, it is only a matter of time before Activision officially confirms the title. Activision usually teases a new Call of Duty game in April or May. Similar to other Call of Duty installments, the upcoming game will likely debut in November on the PS4, Xbox One and PC and possibly the Switch as well. The first leak of 2017’s Call Of Duty: WWII came in late March, and it was officially announced a month later.
There has been a CoD game every year since 2005. There is also a set pattern for the development process for the games between three developers in the CoD camp: Infinity Ward, Treyarch and Sledgehammer. Since Modern Warfare 3, each developer has been taking a turn to make a game for the CoD franchise. This year, as is already known, it’s Treyarch’s turn.
Black Ops is a popular sub-franchise under Call Of Duty, so it is logical for Activision to come up with another title. However, the game, when it is released, will possibly face competition from Battlefield V (based on War II) and also Call Of Duty: WWII.
Meanwhile, developer Treyarch has released an update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, which was first released in 2015. The update adds a new game mode and a new map. The new mode, called Infected, first appeared in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, followed by Ghosts, Advanced Warfare and Infinite Warfare.
Describing the new game mode, Treyarch says: “At the start of a match, one player is randomly chosen as the first infected whose goal is to infect the other players. Once downed, players respawn as infected, slowly increasing the size of the horde. Infect all players, or survive until time runs out to win.”
Additionally, the newly-released map is called Redwood Snow, which is just a snow-covered version of the existing map Redwood. In describing the new map in the patch notes, the developer says, “Enter the snowcapped landscape of Redwood Snow to experience something colder from the map you know and love.”
Apart from the new mode and map, the update also includes new themes for Black Ops 3’s specialists. The update is not only content-rich, but will also keep players busy in finding hints about the upcoming fourth installment of the series. Treyarch is known for dropping hints about upcoming Call of Duty games in current titles. For instance, in 2016, the developer teased Infinite Warfare in Black Ops 3’s version of the Nuketown map, notes Polygon. For now, players have yet to discover any hints about the upcoming title.