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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