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Blackout in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Uses the Old Assets, Is It Excitement Worthy

Recently, Activision announced Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and this time they are taking a completely new direction by completely ditching the singleplayer campaign and adding a Battle Royale Mode.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Battle Royale mode will be called Blackout and apparently, it will be the best of all the Battle Royale games out there. If for some reason, you have not watched the reveal trailer, you can check it out below:

This is a huge step for Activision as previous Call of Duty games have been famous for solid campaigns and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series had the best campaign in the entire franchise.

Call of Duty: Black Ops was always going for a futuristic approach but this time it looks like that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is going completely in a new direction.

Having no singleplayer campaign will be disappointing for many fans but even with the introduction of the new Battle Royale mode, it will be using all old assets. This mode will not have any new thing but it will be a mode inspired by previous game assets such as maps, weapons, and characters.

To understand this, we must first see that what Activision is planning with the Blackout:

  • Blackout is a Battle Royale mode similar to Fortnite and PUBG
  • Players land on a map
  • Scavenge for weapons and gear
  • Eliminate all opposition to become the last one standing on the island

Activision is planning to create a map based on different maps from the previous series. This means that the locations will not be new; rather they are just picking up the old maps and combining them together to form one giant map. This will create a map that will be 1,500 times bigger than fan favorite Nuketown map.

Treyarch and Activision are optimistic that the Battle Royale will be a huge hit but with them all using the previous assets for the game shows that they are not taking it seriously.

This just shows that the developers are too lazy to create a new map from scratch for the game.

Apart from the map, Activision is also using the same tactic with weapons and characters. Weapons and characters that will be featured are also from previous games combined into one mode. Players will be able to go in solo or with squads.

We have seen quite a lot of Battle Royale games in the past year and many are in production. This genre has seen a lot of growth and developers are earning quite a lot from this genre as well.

This is probably one of the reasons why Treyarch is choosing a Battle Royale mode over a single player campaign.

According to the developers, they have a good reason for ditching the singleplayer campaign and opting for the Battle Royale mode instead. According to them, players have been losing interest in the singleplayer campaigns of the previous titles and they have to focus more on the Multiplayer Mode and Zombies Modes.

The Treyarch co-studio head Dan Bunting had this to say about the new mode:

“We were watching how our fans are interacting with our games and with other games, and we know that our strong player base is really in the multiplayer and Zombies universe,”

This shows that the developers have been doing their homework and the inclusion of the Battle Royale mode was made possible after careful consideration. However, our question still remains the same that if Treyarch and Activision are using all old assets in the game mode, is it really all the hype?

Players will be getting a map that is a combination of different maps from the previous games that they have been already playing for a long time. They will be getting weapons and equipment that they have been already been using for a long time in the previous games.

The characters are also being implemented from the previous titles so where is the ‘new’ part of it.

It is too early to judge at this moment and we are not saying that Blackout is not going to be good, but if Activision and Treyarch really wanted to make it a dedicated mode in the game, they should have created a new map from scratch.

The same thing goes for the characters, weapons and the equipment that the player will be using in the game.

Most of the details are currently unknown about the Blackout mode such as how many players will be allowed on a single map, will there be character progression or not, will it have cosmetic items hiding behind a paywall and most importantly, how does Treyarch plan to support the mode in the future?

What we have seen so far is that Battle Royale modes require constant updates to keep the servers going but since Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will also feature other, regular Multiplayer Modes and the Zombies Mode, how will Treyarch handle all the server pressure.

Currently, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is slated for release in Oct. 12, 2018.

This means that the game has been in development for quite some time and on this E3, we are expecting more news on the Blackout Mode and overall game in general. We might as well see the Blackout mode in action so only time will tell how well Treyarch is going to perform in this genre.

Let us know your thoughts about Treyarch and Activision’s approach for the new Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 game. Are you happy about the developers ditching the singleplayer campaign for the Battle Royale mode and will you buy Black Ops 4 when it comes out? Do let us know in the comments section below!