Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII gets insane multiplayer reveal and release date [updated]

Today, Activision hosted a Community Reveal Event which showcased Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII. A lot of modes were revealed like the standard multiplayer offerings, Zombies, and even a battle royale experience called "Blackout".

Updated May 17, 2018: Treyarch chairman Mark Lamia revealed that while Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII won't contain a "traditional campaign", it will have a feature called "Solo Missions" with narrative threads as part of multiplayer.

Activision touted Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII as the most "replayable" Call of Duty: Black Ops game to date, and this is accomplished by including many modes and maps. Unfortunately, there wasn't any word on a campaign, but the presenters showed a number of story-driven content so it's unclear if the rumors that there isn't one are true.

Some of the main takeaway points from the event are listed below.

  • Standard multiplayer modes are boots-on-the-ground focused.
  • Health regeneration isn't automatic.
  • You can use a combination of shooting and grappling to take down enemies. It seems like there's a focus on dual-wielding a weapon and other objects.
  • Zombies will focus on strange, cult-like scenarios instead of simply being mindless creatures. Though, other modes will feature the classic undead.
  • Blackout is a battle royale mode which takes place on a map that's "1,500 times larger than Nuketown". No gameplay footage or other significant information was provided.

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII launches on October 12, 2018, starting at $59.99. The game features 4K visuals and HDR on Xbox One X and should be the best console version around if Call of Duty: WWII is any indication of resolution and frame rate.

Those who preorder the game will get access to a private beta which takes place soon.

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9 Comments
  • I hope they turn the Zombies mode into a somewhat campaign. Seems like that's the case.
  • That's black ops 3 right?
  • Multiplayer only as rumored??
    Edit: Confirmed. No campaign
  • IV? oh, I see they wanted to make a shield out of all the I's... makes sense right? NOPE.
    this is the most I've thought about a call of duty game in prolly 10 years :-D
  • No campaign, no purchase. I'm not into getting killed every 45 seconds while playing against those who are much better than myself. I don't get time to play often enough to get good.
  • "Battle royale" eeeww
  • Pass. I havent played any cods after blops 2 anymore. seeing this there is not pulling me back.
  • No campaign means no purchase from me. I'm an old school gamer, I grew up playing single player games as an escape from real life and people. I only play single player campaigns and have no interest in multi-player at all. I was looking forward to this game too. Hopefully Battlefield won't pull the same crap and I will atlas have that to look forward to.
  • Just when COD clawed back some credibility with WW2 they do this....