This is what you need to know about the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 release date that is coming on October 12th. Activision and Treyarch announced the earlier than normal release date along with plans for a global reveal on May 17th.
There is a very good chance we will see from Treyarch return to a modern setting that maintains boots on the ground combat according to multiple industry sources. In March we saw the our first look at the Black Ops 4 logo on a hat worn by James Harden and there are more details about the setting.
So far Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is only confirmed for PS4, Xbox One and PC. There is no mention of the Nintendo Switch, though it has been rumored. Despite increasing to four Treyarch is keeping the numeral logos to IIII instead of IV. For simplicity’s sake we’ll refer to the game as Black Ops 4.
While there is a new Call of Duty release every year, the developer switches between three studios and the COD 2018 release is back to 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: Black Ops 4 Details
Here’s a combination of what we know from the official announcement, leaks, what we know from following the mostly predictable Call of Duty development cycle and what we expect to see from Black Ops 4.
- 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 War (Multiple Sources)
- Call of Duty: WWII Systems: Xbox, PS4, PC (Confirmed)
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: Black Ops 4 Release Date
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) March 8, 2018
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
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.
Kotaku confirms with sources that the hat shown above is the Black Ops 4 logo and that the game will take place in a near future setting.
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 Black Ops 4 News?
Now that we know the game is Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, you can count on seeing more information on May 17th as they reveal the game to the world. Expect to see this focus on the story and the setting, with a multiplayer reveal later in the year at E3.
Next up after that is E3 2018 in June, where we should see Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Gameplay and learn much more about the game. 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 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta this year in August or September that will allow you to test out the new maps and movement.
Potential Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 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.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 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. At this stage only PS4, Xbox One and PC releases are confirmed.
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.