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Black Ops 4 will reportedly not have a single-player campaign but a battle royale mode

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Since yesterday afternoon, a few sources confirmed that the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII will not have a single-player campaign, but rather a battle royale mode.

If it turns out to be correct, then Black Ops IIII will be the first Call of Duty game in the series that ships without a single-player campaign. In its early years, Call of Duty games was known and played by fans for its single-player campaigns. However, over the years as eSports became more prominent in gaming, the focus moved to the multiplayer side. The last few Call of Duty games all had fairly good single-player stories, but there can be no doubt that the main reason fans purchase the games is to play multiplayer.

But that isn't the reason Black Ops IIII developer, Treyarch, decided to drop the mode. According to Polygon, insiders told them that as the release date of October 12 neared, the company realized that they wouldn't be able to finish development of the story in time. Treyarch then decided to focus all their efforts on polishing multiplayer and the popular Zombie mode.

Polygon reached out to Treyarch about the rumours and was told to wait for next month's big reveal. “We don’t comment on rumour and speculation. We look forward to revealing Black Ops 4 on May 17th.”

Kotaku reported the exact same story - that two sources told them there would be no single-player campaign in Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII. Kotaku, however, added, that the rumour initially started by Call of Duty news broker, charlieINTEL about the battle royale mode was true. charlieINTEL also confirmed the no single-player report.

The battle royale mode rumour surfaced in March when a Wall Street Journal reporter told charlieINTEL that because of the modes' popularity, Activision also wants to cash in; “In addition, the investment firm says Activision is keenly aware of how other publishers have benefited from releasing titles in the popular Battle Royale genre.”

I for one will miss playing the Call of Duty single-player campaigns, but I do understand that developers and publishers have to move in the direction the market is pointing - and that is definitely battle royale. I just wonder if it isn't too late, seeing that Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds are both already established in the market. On the other hand, Activision has the budget to raise the bar for the genre and deliver something spectacular.

Lastly, that Black Ops IIII tagline at the end of the video suddenly makes a lot more sense, right? "Forget what you know."

Hopefully, we'll hear more details with the May 17th reveal. For now, we would love to hear from the Call of Duty fans about the possible battle royale mode, and their thoughts on dropping the single-player campaign.

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