Rumors pointed to this year's entry into the Call of duty franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, not having a single-player campaign. Those rumors were backed up today, when Black Ops 4 developer Treyarch confirmed that there's no single-player campaign for the title. Instead, the developer touted a narrative weaved through the game's multiplayer offerings.
If you're the lonely or curmudgeonly sort, there will be something for you in the form of Specialist-specific solo missions. These missions are intended to introduce players to the game's multiplayer Specialist characters and highlight some of their backstories. Players shouldn't think of these like tiny campaigns though.
"They're not traditional campaign or story missions in that way. They're set up in multiplayer maps where you get to actually learn how to use the Specialist," says Black Ops 4 producer Miles Leslie. "The key there is explaining about the Specialists. Who they are and what they're about. So you get to know them, but at the same time, [we] educate you on how to use them. Now that team composition and Specialist composition is really important, we want you to understand that if you pick Ruin, how do you become successful?"
The narrative of Black Ops 4 places the game chronologically between Black Ops 2 and Black Ops 3, with many of the Specialists not having certain facets of their Black Ops 3 incarnations yet. For example, Ruin in Black Ops 3 has completely cybernetic arms, which aren't a part of his Black Ops 4 design.
Leslie didn't specify if the lack of story campaign was always a part of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's design, but he did go into the idea behind the change.
"If you go back to every single Black Ops game, we don't tell a traditional story ever. From the onset of Black Ops 4, the best way of us to give back to the fans was through multiplayer, Zombies, and Blackout. The narrative is its own thing in each of the big pillars of the game," he tells USgamer.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 12, 2018.