Reason Behind Black Ops 4 Not Having A Campaign

Treyarch Studio Heads explain the purpose of ditching the traditional Call of Duty campaign for the latest upcoming installment, Black Ops 4.

The release of the latest Call of Duty title is less than a month away now and fans have a lot to look up to from Black Ops 4. Perhaps one thing they are not and must not look forward to anymore is the traditional campaign, which got discarded for the first time in the series. The main reason leading to such a decision has just been clearly explained by the Studio Heads of the developers.

David Vonderhaar and Dan Bunting disclosed to Game Informer while talking about “What Happened To Black Ops 4’s Campaign“. According to Dan Bunting, developers tried working on it but it didn’t exactly work out. Dan emphasized even after Black Ops 4 went through the prototyping stage in the development process to test the idea the campaign did not exactly work out which led to developers pursuing the ideas that did, in fact, work out.

Meanwhile, it was also pointed out to the interviewees that the timing of ditching campaign and bringing the battle royale mode to light did not seem much of a coincidence to people. According to previous reports, Blackout was favored instead of the traditional campaign for Black Ops 4.

On this issue, Dan Bunting expressed that Black Ops 4 has been through an evolution as the development of the game saw various aspects. Moreover, he even admitted that the studio was unable to make a good enough campaign so they decided to switch to whatever works right for them.

Vonderhaar, on the other hand, suggested that this shift is quite normal for Black Ops 4 as even the battle royale mode has changed along the way. David suggests it is what video games do all the time by varying their focus as the development process advances.

In the end, Bunting insisted on their intention about giving Black Ops 4 as a game with every mode possible but in his concluding comments, he acknowledged that it happened probably for the right reasons and the game perhaps evolved over time.


As it stands the fans might not have ended their love for the traditional campaign but the developers are certainly over it as they now believe it has no place in the game. It has even been backed as an advantage not to have the campaign in the upcoming game. Perhaps the fans would also decide to get on with it once the latest title rolls out on October 12.

Source: GameSpot

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