Black Ops 4 mixes up formula by taking cues from Overwatch

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After months of speculation about Treyarch's next Call of Duty title, Black Ops 4 was announced in March of 2018 with the release date confirmed for October 12th, a full month earlier than is typical.

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The Twitter user Matt Harris relies on multiple sources that were present at the Black Ops 4 multiplayer test session. He states that recent playtesters have claimed similarities to Overwatch, and even Lawbreakers, and that the team has ultimately scrapped numerous core kill-streak mechanics. It can be seen from the tale that the multiplayer of the game is not very similar to the traditional Call of Duty gameplay with perks and killstreaks, but that is more like games like Overwatch and Lawbreakers. The leak confirms that Black Ops 4 features a "mixture of boots on the ground and advanced movements with many changes to the game's core systems". Perks were basically removed completely, and had instead been morphed into a unusual kind of Kill Streak.

Playtesters "claim that it is less like a Call of Duty mode and more like a Call of Duty Overwatch or a Call of Duty Lawbreakers." . Well I can elaborate on that a little more too. Perks were basically removed completely, and had instead been morphed into a odd kind of Kill Streak. For example, the regular killstreaks in the previous Call of Durty games introduce a Harrier jet fighter or even an AC-130 gunship, but that is lacking in Black Ops 4.

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Black Ops 3 multiplayer had players take on a number of different characters who often had their own various roles in a similar manner to Overwatch, coming with different weapons and gear and even various "super" moves that they could perform. Instead you got highly powerful perks. It makes sense that Activision would be changing their games to fit Overwatch's standard - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered adapted the same cosmetic-only supply drop system as Overwatch back in 2016. What this does mean is that the game is in fact beginning to resemble more and more the state of the game in Black Ops 3.

"This fell flat with playtesters". It was deemed an unfair portrayal of Call of Duty, and something that wouldn't resonate with fans in the slightest. Word is, this new approach was not well-received by testers, and Treyarch is now scrambling to revert numerous changes. "What this means for the future of BO4 I do not know".

Should Black Ops 4 ship without a single-player campaign, it will be the first instalment in the Call of Duty series to do so.

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