For the past 16 years, I’ve always played Call of Duty for it’s single-player as well for it’s Multiplayer but recently going as far back as 2009, you could say that Call of Duty started to be known for it’s multiplayer with the release of Modern Warfare 2. This year, however, will change as a report from Polygon stated that this year’s game which will be developed by Treyarch won’t have a traditional campaign which breaks the franchise’s long standing history with it’s campaign in favor for the multiplayer aspect like Zombies and traditional Call of Duty mainstays like TDM and Domination.
The report suggests that the campaign will not be ready for it’s October release and instead, the game will have a heavy focus not only just Multiplayer but also Zombies with Zombies taking the campaign’s place and on top of that, reports are also stating that it will launch with a Battle Royale mode which makes the third game this Fall to have Battle Royale and with the others being Battlefield 2018 and Red Dead Redemption 2 ( Rumor but it would make sense.) ,which would make alot of sense as publishers will try to hop onto the train before the trend dies out.
There was also a leak this week suggesting that the game would be an Overwatch clone or something very similar to Overwatch, with it being a hero shooter and having an advanced movement. The leak and Polygon’s report suggests that the campaign was very ambitious and Activision told Treyarch to cut it as they didn’t like it and that it wasn’t going to be finished in time for Black Ops IV’s release in October. Instead, Treyarch will focus on the multiplayer and zombies and that Raven Software is working on a Battle Royale mode for Black Ops IV and will be a separate experience, away from the main game itself.
Removing the campaign to me is something weird to do, when the franchise has always done it since 2003 but it would make alot of sense as seeing as the franchise has been primarily multiplayer-focused since the days of Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops II, it has gotten to the point where people don’t touch the campaign anymore and dive head first into the Multiplayer ( I did that with WW2.) and despite having a campaign for the past couple of years, the campaign has never really reached the heights it once did back in the days of the Modern Warfare trilogy and the first two Black Ops titles.
Like I said, removing the campaign would be something weird to do even something controversial. It would make sense though, considering the franchise has been moving away from the singleplayer since Advanced Warfare and the franchise stopped being known for it’s singleplayer since Black Ops II, the campaign stories started to falter around the time when Call of Duty: Ghosts released in 2013 and slowly been getting to the point where it’s very mediocre or very unoriginal, as that part of the game started to falter, the developers started to focus more on Zombies and Multiplayer where the Multiplayer started to expand with new modes like War! in 2017’s entry, Call of Duty: WWII.
Ultimately, I find this recent news to be disturbing and one that could backfire on Activision and could become their Star Wars: Battlefront II moment and will be up to Treyarch to offer alot of content at launch and after which I see them doing. It might be a difficult task at first because Call of Duty has always relied on the three pillars: Campaign, Multiplayer, and a Co-Op mode which began in earnest in 2008 when Call of Duty: World at War released. Ever since 2008, Call of Duty has relied on those three pillars and ultimately, it is the reason why it’s the best selling franchise each and every year because it has everything in one package. Without one of the pillars, it’s kind of tricky because you have those who play Call of Duty only for the campaign and sell it the next day but we’ll see how it turns out for this year’s installment.
My personal opinion is that it’s going to backfire, especially if it’s a game set in the future after delivering on what players asked of them back in 2017 with a return to the historical setting and BOTG gameplay. If it does backfire then I see Battlefield once again having the upper hand this year, we’ll see on May 17th.