Black Ops 4: Release Date, News, Trailers, and Rumors

Everything you need to know about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (officially known as Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII) is an upcoming first-person shooter for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It’s developed by Treyarch and published by Activision.

In the lead-up to launch, we’ve compiled all the news, trailers, and rumors about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, from initial leaks to its official announcement.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – The Basics

  • Release date: October 12, 2018
  • Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Developer: Treyarch
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Genre: First-person shooter

Here’s everything you need to know about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Zombies, Campaign, and Battle Royale

We haven’t seen Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 gameplay yet, but there are several rumors floating around about what it will look like. Initial reports notably claim it will be “more grounded” with toned down sci-fi elements as a direct response to criticism against Infinite Warfare.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Zombies Mode

One of the things Call of Duty fans want the most out of Black Ops 4 is zombies mode, which has not been officially confirmed yet. In April, sources told Polygon that developer Treyarch would focus on Black Ops 4 zombies and multiplayer, and in early May, the official E3 Twitter account directly referenced the “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Zombies experience,” but beyond minor leaks and teases, that’s all we’ve heard about it so far.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Campaign

The same unnamed sources who reported on Black Ops 4’s more grounded sci-fi and focus on zombies and multiplayer also claimed that Black Ops 4 would not have a traditional single-player campaign at launch, but that’s the most we’ve heard about it so far.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Battle Royale Mode

While a battle royale mode hasn’t officially been announced for Black Ops 4, Activision has expressed its awareness of battle royale’s success and a source even told Kotaku that Black Ops 4 would have a battle royale mode.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 News, Rumors, Trailers, and Announcements

If you’re interested in following the story of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 from initial rumors to its upcoming launch in October 2018, we’ve compiled all the news, rumors, trailers, and announcements below, in mostly chronological order.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Initial Rumors and Leaks

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Word of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was heard as early as February 6, 2018, when “multiple sources” reported to Eurogamer that Black Ops 4 would be the latest entry in the Call of Duty series. These initial reports described Black Ops 4 as “more grounded” with sci-fi elements “dial[ed] back,” allegedly a response to what sources cite as the “negative feedback” regarding Infinite Warfare’s space-centric story.

In March, a potential leak from a GameStop employee regarding Black Ops 4 merchandise only bolstered the rumor, as well as a video of NBA star James Harden wearing a hat reminiscent of the Black Ops logo, but with four marks instead of three.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Reveal and Release Date

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Activision officially announced Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on March 8, 2018 with a release date of October 12, 2018. There were no further details revealed at the time, but the official Call of Duty Twitter account did post a brief teaser along with a date for an upcoming community reveal event, which will take place on May 17.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Battle Royale Rumors

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A few days following the official Black Ops 4 reveal, Activision expressed how it is “keenly aware” of the success of battle royale during an investor’s meeting, according to the Dow Jones Newswire. This set into motion fan speculation regarding a potential battle royale mode in Black Ops 4.

In April, sources told Polygon that Black Ops 4 would focus on its multiplayer and Zombies modes rather than a single-player campaign since Treyarch realized a campaign would not be completed by Black Ops 4’s release date. Those rumors were corroborated by an additional report from Kotaku, whose sources claimed Black Ops 4 would have a battle royale mode.

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Several other studios began creating their own battle royale games or adding battle royale modes to existing IPs in 2017 and 2018, mostly a direct response to the massive success of Fortnite and PUBG. If you’re a battle royale fan, check out our list of some of the biggest battle royale games of 2018.

Details Leading Up to Black Ops 4 Community Event

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Through late April and early May, Treyarch continued to tease details about Black Ops 4 in the lead-up to its May 17 community event.

One Twitter post hinted at the return of the Pick 10 multiplayer system, and another provided a look at potential new perks. Even the official E3 Twitter account had a hand in the initial buzz and rumor mill, directly referring to a “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Zombies experience” on Twitter.

During an earnings call, Activision Blizzard president and COO Coddy Johnson announced the company’s increased focus on PC as a platform for Black Ops 4. According to Johnson, the company has “invested significant dedicated resources to ensure we can deliver a great PC game.”

Stay tuned to IGN for more news, rumors, trailers, and gameplay details for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

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