Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Release Date, Features, Modes & Details

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 release date is October 12th with a redesigned boots on the ground multiplayer game mode designed to keep things fast paced, a new battle royale mode called Blackout and a massive new installment of Zombies.

Updated after E3 2018 with new details, new maps, the Black Ops Pass and other information.

There is no Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 single player campaign mode. Instead these three modes will weave in narrative and offer up what Treyarch hopes is the most replayable Call of Duty experience yet. We got some of the features we want in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and are learning about more right now.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Details

This is what we know about the new Call of Duty game that is coming from Treyarch.

  • Call of Duty 2018 Release Date: October 12 (Confirmed)
  • 2018 COD Name: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Confirmed)
  • Call of Duty 2018 Setting: Modern, between Black Ops 2 and Black Ops 3
  • Black Ops 4 Systems: Xbox, PS4, PC (Confirmed)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Beta: Private beta access with pre-order

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Release Date

The Call of Duty 2018 release date is October 12th. That is way earlier than normal and it could be due to pressure from PUBG and Battlefield V.

This is a Friday, and it means that this is an early release compared to most games. It is not yet clear if you will need to buy a specific version to start playing on Friday, but in the past the Friday release has come to all editions. Count on a midnight release on digital platforms and at retailers like GameStop and Best Buy.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Setting

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 takes place between two previous games.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 takes place between two previous games.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 takes place between Black Ops 2 and Black Ops 3. This is a modern setting that is fast paced. There are specialists that carry over from Black Ops 3 and the game is a fast paced shooter. This is not a slow boots on the ground experience like we see with Call of Duty: WW2.

There are no jet packs or boost jumps. You can still slide and there are some gadgets like the grapple that your specialist can use to quickly move and attack. This is a guns up Call of Duty, so you can fire while you vault, run slide and use abilities. Treyarch designed the weapons around the time period with a wide range of in hand guns and special abilities.

When to Expect More Black Ops 4 News?

We learned more about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 at E3 and during an earlier multiplayer stream.

Expect to see more information come out as Activision and Treyarch deliver additional streams this summer.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Features & Maps

We saw several Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 maps in the multiplayer reveal. We don’t know exactly how many maps there will be, but since there is no single player mode, we could see more maps at launch.

The Pick 10 system is back with one slot for a special ability. There are also perks in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. One big change is that the Black Ops 4 multiplayer is now 5 vs 5 for standard game modes. The new maps are small to medium sized to better handle this player count.

If you want larger maps you will want to play the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout mode which is a sprawling map with settings from throughout Black Ops and vehicles on land, sea and air.

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.

We now know that you will get Nuketown in Black Ops 4 as a free map in November.

Black Ops Pass

There is a Black Ops Pass, which is the new Season Pass. This includes a new Zombies map at launch, 12 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 maps, 4 Blackout characters and 4 additional Zombies experiences.

This is included with the Digital Deluxe Edition, the Digital Deluxe Enhanced Edition and the Pro Editions of the game and will be available separately.

Instead of delivering the content in four specific releases, the Black Ops Pass will deliver content more often in smaller bites throughout the season.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Battle Royale

Treyarch confirmed a Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Battle Royale mode known as Blackout. This takes place on a map that is 1,500 times bigger than Nuketown and it will force you to battle to be the last man standing.

Described as unique and something only Black Ops could do, this new mode will bring the fast paced, polished, combat from Call of Duty to a Battle Royale mode. During the introduction Treyarch studio director David Vonderhaar describes Blackout as something that combines the signature controls from Black Ops with fast paced action and the best mechanics.

In this mode you will be able to drive vehicles on land, in the air and in the water. We expect to see more about this in the near future.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Beta

There is a Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta later this year.
There is a Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta later this year.

There is a Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta coming later this year. You need to pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 to get access to the beta. There is no specific timing on the beta dates.

The developers  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 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta release date in August, starting with PS4.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Deals

It’s still early, but there are already many Black Ops 4 deals that allow you to save up to $22 on the new Call of Duty when you pre-order. These deals aren’t going away until the release date, so you don’t need to commit just yet.

These are the best prices you will see until Black Friday 2018 when the game will likely drop to $38 without any memberships.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Systems

PlayStation was a major part of the event.
PlayStation was a major part of the event.

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.

Treyarch is partnering with Beenox to make Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for PC better than previous installments. This version will be built ground up for PC players and will be exclusively on Blizzard Battle.net.

For the past three Call of Duty releases Sony was the primary partner, which meant DLC and the beta arrived first on the PS4. While not officially announced Treyarch thanked Sony on stage and the hands on gaming at the event took place on PlayStation systems. 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.

There is no information about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for the Nintendo Switch.

5 Reasons to Pre-Order Black Ops 4 & 4 Reasons To Wait

Pre-Order If You Love The Look of Mutliplayer

We know a lot about the the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 multiplayer experience from the reveal and E3. There was no tip-toeing around the big questions. We know there is no jet pack or boost jumping. Treyarch made it very clear that this is a grounded multiplayer game, but you can still slide. 

In the introduction we learned about changes to weapons, specialists are back with loads of new abilities and you now have to heal your character in the game instead of it automatically happening. The Pick 10 system is back and so are perks, so you can expect a classic Black Ops gaming feel. Everything looked fast and fluid. 

With no story mode, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 multiplayer is a bigger component and if that is what you love about the game it's a good reason to pre-order. 

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