Black Ops 4 is the next game in the blockbuster Call of Duty franchise. Black Ops 4 will launch later this year and is in development at Treyarch, the studio behind the Black Ops series of games. In this Black Ops 4 everything we know guide, we’ll be going over everything we know about the game for certain so far, including the Black Ops 4 release date, as well as adding our own speculation on story details surrounding the upcoming game and if Black Ops 4 on Switch is happening or not. If you need anything on Call of Duty: WW2, last year’s release in the long running franchise, head over to our CoD WW2 guides walkthrough hub.
Black Ops 4 Release Date
The Black Ops 4 release date is October 12, 2018. Black Ops 4 is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The mid-October release date is somewhat out of the ordinary for Call of Duty, with the latest game in the series usually arriving in early November. The official reason behind the move to an earlier release isn't known, but Black Ops 4 will now release before the hotly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2 and most likely also before Battlefield 5. Black Ops 4 is being officially revealed in an event on May 17, 2018.
We currently don't know anything about Black Ops 4 other than its release platforms and release date. Details on Black Ops 4's story and multiplayer are nonexistent at the moment. Some of the missing details will be revealed at the event on May 17, but Activision tends to space out its reveals, with more info likely at E3 in June, and perhaps Gamescom in August.
Even though details on Black Ops 4 are rather thin, you can already pre-order Black Ops 4 on PS4, Xbox One and PC. We've got pre-order links to buy Black Ops 4 from Amazon, just below. We'll update these links once the inevitable special and limited editions of CoD Black Ops 4 are revealed.
In one of the most bizarre pre-announcement teases of all time, Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was seemingly promoted on the hat of Houston Rockets' James Harden. The point guard's hat features a logo that resembles the Black Ops style, but with four "I" symbols.
The Beard has arrived, and he's ready for battle with the Thunder. pic.twitter.com/ky3E8TK9Hy— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 7, 2018
Black Ops 4 Story Details
The Black Ops series from developer Treyarch began back in 2010, with Call of Duty: Black Ops depicting the story of CIA operative Alex Mason, as he attempts to recall the location of a numbers station, which is due to transmit orders to sleeper agents, who would then unleash chemical weapons across the United States.
Two years later in 2012, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was released, and featured two parallel storylines: one set in the Cold War following returning protagonist Alex Mason, and another set in 2025, chronicling a second Cold War with Alex’s son, David. Finally, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 released in 2015, and depicted a world ravished by a third Cold War in 2065, forty years after the events of Black Ops 2.
As of right now, we have no clues as to what the story of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 could be. It’s entirely possible that Black Ops 4 could venture even further into the future, into futuristic territory established in 2016’s Infinite Warfare. On the other hand, it could be set in the past. Call of Duty: WW2 and Battlefield 1 both bucked the trend of futuristic war settings.
Black Ops 4 Nintendo Switch Rumors - Are They Legit?
While rumors have pointed to Black Ops 4 releasing on Nintendo Switch, this has yet to be verified by any trustworthy source. It is perhaps telling that Activision announced CoD Black Ops 4 without mention of the Switch, and a short time later Nintendo hosted a Nintendo Direct that didn't include any mention of Black Ops 4. A port of Black Ops 4 for Switch is possible, but it's looking increasingly unlikely.
It should be noted that if Black Ops 4 was to come to the Nintendo Switch, it would mark the first time that the Black Ops series has been available on a Nintendo device since the original Black Ops back in 2010, which was released on the Nintendo DS. No other game in the Black Ops series was released on Nintendo platforms after this, with Black Ops 2 in 2012 and Black Ops 3 in 2015 both sticking to traditional console and PC launches. The last Call of Duty game to launch on a Nintendo platform was Call of Duty: Ghosts, coming to the Wii U in November 2013.
This might be everything that we know for certain about Black Ops 4 so far, but make sure to keep an eye on this guide, as we’ll be updating it with any additional information that comes to light about the game between now and its eventual release.
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