Call of Duty’s popularity as a multiplayer game has often left the series’ single player campaigns feeling a little bit throwaway, and now it seems that Activision and Treyarch are throwing single player away in Black Ops 4, according to Polygon’s sources.
This might not have always been the plan, as they state that a single player campaign has been in development, just that it eventually became clear that it wouldn’t be finished in time for its planned release on 12th October. It would be a first for the series, which has always had action-packed campaigns that were, at one point, considered to be groundbreaking experiences. This is also despite the respective development teams now having three years in which to complete a Call of Duty game.
Instead, Black Ops 4 will focus on making the the multiplayer much bigger and expanding the Zombies mode. Polygon’s sources also note that there could be more cooperative modes to compensate, and it’s interesting to note that Black Ops 4’s predecessor allowed you to play through its entire campaign in four player co-op.
We’ll find out for sure when the game has its full reveal on 17th May, but it looks like if you want a Call of Duty story, you’ll have to settle for the rumoured Modern Warfare 2. Ironically, reports say this won’t be coming with its multiplayer.
UPDATE: Kotaku’s News editor Jason Schreier has tweeted that he confirms the story that the game will not include a single player campaign but will include a Battle Royale mode which is being developed by Raven software. Eurogamer are also reporting they have heard the same.