This is what you need to know about the Call of Duty 2018 release that is coming later this year. There is a very good chance we will see Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 from Treyarch arrive with a return to a modern setting that maintains boots on the ground combat according to multiple industry sources.
Activision has not confirmed the return of Black Ops, but it’s looking very likely. Reports also indicate that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is coming to the Nintendo Switch with a Season Pass and motion controls.
While there is a new Call of Duty release every year, the developer switches between three studios and the COD 2018 release is coming from Treyarch who has been working on the game for well over a year after wrapping up Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 DLC and updates.
While you still have a lot of time playing Call of Duty: WWII before the 2018 Call of Duty release date arrives, this is what you need to know about the latest rumors and what we expect from the new release.
Call of Duty 2018 Details
Here’s a combination of what we know from leaks, what we know from following the mostly predictable Call of Duty development cycle and what we expect to see from the new Call of Duty game in 2018.
- Call of Duty 2018 Release Date: November 2nd (Estimated)
- 2018 COD Name: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Potential)
- Call of Duty 2018 Setting: Modern War (Multiple Sources)
- Call of Duty: WWII Systems: Xbox, PS4, PC, Switch
Follow along as we share everything you need to know about the new COD 2018 release date, potential time periods and other details you will want to know about.
Call of Duty 2018 Release Date
The Call of Duty 2018 release date is likely coming on November 2nd.
This is not confirmed and it is something that could change by up to a week, but for the last several years we’ve seen the new Call of Duty arrive in early November. The trend of a Friday release date is likely to continue. Unlike many games that require a special edition to play early on a Friday, Call of Duty: WWII supported all editions as arriving on a Friday.
We expect the 2018 Call of Duty release date will arrive on a Friday. There is a small chance that it will come on Tuesday November 6th or Friday November 9th, but that seams unlikely given past launches. Count on a midnight release on digital platforms and at retailers like GameStop and Best Buy.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 & 2018 COD Setting
There is a very good chance we will see Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 arrive this year. While Treyarch has developed other Call of Duty story lines for Activision, the most popular is the Black Ops series. The last three Treyarch Call of Duty games are Black Ops, and it is one of the most loved series so it makes sense to stick with it.
COD 2018 is Black Ops 4 and is coming to PS4/Xbox/PC/Switch. It is set in the modern times and is boots on the ground. The Switch version will support DLC, HD Rumble and motion controls. The Switch version is also being ported by a company which is familar with COD games.
— Marcus Sellars (@Marcus_Sellars) February 4, 2018
Call of Duty: Black Ops games cover a wide range of historical settings from the Cold War in the original Black Ops to a split story arc that put players in the 1980s and in 2025 in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 delivered the best futuristic version of Call of Duty with a finely tuned advanced movement system and a game that took place in 2065 to 2070.
Given the range of time periods and the current push towards boots on the ground it would make sense to see Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 arrive with a more modern look and feel or even in a semi-historical setting. Eurogamer backs up Sellar’s tweet with additional sources that point to a modern setting with boots on the ground combat.
A job posting for Treyarch seeking someone with “deep knowledge base of firearms and modern military technology.”, points to a modern setting for the 2018 Call of Duty game. This is just one of many postings for Treyarch, as the studio ramps up for a 2018 Call of Duty release.
When to Expect More 2018 Call of Duty News?
We sometimes see an early Call of Duty teaser in the current Call of Duty game around this time. We could still see something soon, but there was no midnight teaser on New Year’s Day. David Vonderhaar, the studio lead at Treyarch did Tweet about his team, but that’s it.
We should see some teasers and more leaks in the coming months. Expect a 2018 Call of Duty announcement in April. This is when we expect to get confirmation of the name as Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and when we should learn a little more about the setting.
Next up after that is E3 2018 in June, where we should see 2018 Call of Duty Gameplay and learn much more about the title. This is also where we could learn about the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Beta?
For the past three Call of Duty releases we’ve seen a Call of Duty beta arrive ahead of the official release. This is partially a demo to show players what they can expect while also driving up pre-orders.
The developers also use this to fine tune weapons and maps for the official release. We don’t have any inside information, but expect that there will be a 2018 Call of Duty beta this year in August or September that will allow you to test out the new maps and movement.
Potential Call of Duty 2018 Features & Maps
Given the current trends, expect boots on the ground, rather than advanced movement. Personally I am hoping for shorter sprint out times and more sprint than is available in Call of Duty: WWII. A modern setting opens up the possibility of many other Call of Duty weapons and this could speed up gameplay from the slightly slower paced Call of Duty: WWII where reload times take a while and magazines are not very large.
Treyarch is best known for three lane map designs. While other developers stick with this style on many maps, Treyarch is the best at delivering this style and it should lead to a nice mix of maps for the game. It is unknown if the War mode from Call of Duty: WWII will transfer over, but it would be fun to play that in a more modern setting.
Even without advanced movement and booster packs for jumps, I’m hoping that Treyarch brings back the slide, which is much more useful than the dive in Call of Duty: WWII.
Expect to see Supply Drops and Call of Duty Points as well as Call of Duty DLC and a Season Pass.
2018 Call of Duty Systems
You can count on seeing Call of Duty 2018 on the PS4, Xbox One and PC. Expect enhanced versions on the Xbox One X and the PS4 Pro. It’s too early for a PS5 version of the game to be in the picture.
It’s looking like we will see Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for the Nintendo Switch. Treyarch has experience developing for Nintendo systems, but it sounds like the Switch version will be a port that uses HD rumble, supports motion controls and that will get DLC. This would be the first Call of Duty game on a Nintendo console since Ghosts in 2013. We’re seeing more mature content on Nintendo consoles lately, and with blockbuster console sales this makes sense.
For the past three Call of Duty releases Sony was the primary partner, which meant DLC and the beta arrived first on the PS4. There is a good chance that Sony will keep the early access. Microsoft had the same deal for five years before Sony took it away, so ultimately it will come down to cash, agreements in place and marketshare.