It’s clear that the market likes battle royale games after popularity explosions of PUBG first and now the rise of Fortnite. Call of Duty has been around long enough to know how to engage their audience and create games that every player will love. Since 2003, the military shooter game has been a cornerstone of pop culture and video gaming.
The Black Ops arc of the games has explored an alternate, mysterious realm of stateless conflict and mercenaries in past and future settings since Treyarch started that line in 2010. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be the next game released in the franchise, out in October of this year. Black Ops 4 is in a “near-future” setting, which allows the multiplayer modes to bring back the unique “Specialist” characters to multiplayer, with different and dazzling weapons and abilities.
BO4 will focus on competitive multiplayer game mode because the series has seen more and more social interaction which means sticking to multiplayer mode. In terms of gameplay, Treyarch dumped automatic health regeneration. Players can still recover health, they just have to manually implement it. This makes seeking cover and recovering health a more meaningful part of gameplay. Another big change will be a “fog of war” aspect that conceals adversaries on the minimap unless they’re revealed by firing a weapon.
Their battle royale game mode will be called Blackout which will include Black Ops characters from the series history — Raul Menendez, Jason Hudson, Viktor Reznov and Alex Mason. Vehicles will figure prominently, allowing users to traverse land, sea and air. There will be three maps at the outset: an ancient Rome-style gladiator arena, an ocean-going liner out in the middle of the Atlantic, and a grisly prison.
It will be interesting to see the reaction of the players when the battle royale game mode comes out after the popularity of PUBG and Fortnite. We’ll have to wait until the release in October to find out.