Friday, February 09, 2018
Earlier this week, to the surprise of absolutely nobody, an industry insider declared that 2018's Call of Duty game will be Black Ops 4. And with Treyarch on development duties this year, that's hardly surprising given that its last three CoDs have all been Black Ops games.
While there's always the possibility that World at War 2 could one day happen, it seems unlikely with Call of Duty: WWII releasing last year. An original non-Black Ops title seems too risky when you consider how lucrative the past entries in the series have been, so we're of the opinion that Black Ops 4 is a fairly safe bet.
With that in mind, we've set to thinking what we'd like to see from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, assuming that's what's in store for Activision's shooter juggernaut this year. (If you'd prefer to have a read, we've posted the script below the video).
A Story That Makes Sense - First of all, how about a story that makes sense this time? I mean, kudos to Treyarch for trying to get to grips with complicated concepts in Black Ops 3, but the whole narrative was all over the place. I'd make an attempt to explain Black Ops 3's story right now, but I wouldn't really know where to start. Toying with perceptions of what's real and what isn't, you never quite knew where you were. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that Black Ops 3's story was bad, what I am saying is that it was too convoluted. Paring it down, keeping it simple and going back to basics could work wonders for Black Ops 4, as long as Treyarch can weave a compelling enough narrative.
Bin the Advanced Movement Stuff – After Advanced Warfare, Blacks Ops III and Infinite Warfare all included jetpacks and wall-running, alongside FPS rival Titanfall, we're growing a bit weary of zipping about all over the place at high-speed. It's the reason that Call of Duty: WWII and its 'boots-on-the-ground' philosophy worked: going back to CoD's roots was just what the series needed, and if Black Ops 4 were to do the same, (and with a modern day setting rumoured, it's likely) it could be a similarly effective shot in the arm for Treyarch's latest CoD effort. And for those longing for jetpacks and wall-running, there could always be a mode that caters for that in multiplayer.
Make it More Visually Distinct – While Black Ops 3 looked nice enough, its near-future sci-fi setting was slightly anodyne. While a modern day setting might mean that Treyarch can't necessarily let its imagination run wild, choose some exotic locations and heap on some stylised elements, and Black Ops 4 could look unique. Sure, Call of Duty has its own identity, and you usually know exactly what to expect, but what if Treyarch decided to be adventurous and really make Black Ops 4 stand out as an entirely fresh proposition? It probably won't happen: Call of Duty is too big and recognisable a brand to really change now, but we'd love to see what Treyarch could come up with if it went off-road.
Keep WWII's Headquarters Social Space – It didn't work properly at launch, but Call of Duty: WWII's HQ social space was a fine idea, giving CoD something akin to Destiny's tower as a place to hang out and mess around. Black Ops 3 had a social space of its own for co-op and something similar to share with your buddies again would be great, but adding a place where you can rub shoulders with friends and enemies alike in Black Ops 4's multiplayer would be more than welcome too. Give WWII's beachside HQ a modern day twist – like a working military base or whatever – and we'll be happy.
Give Zombies Mode a Kick Up the Backside – A lot of players love Call of Duty's Zombies Mode with a passion, which is why it's now become a staple across the series having once been exclusive to Treyarch's CoD games. It was Treyarch that came up with the idea, so perhaps now should be the time for the developer to take it to the next level. Infinite Warfare offered a fresh take with its 80s-inspired Zombies in Spaceland, and we'd like to see Treyarch attempt something similar. Black Ops 3's Shadows of Evil hinted at something different, its swinging speakeasy style proving good fun, while the masses of secrets and easter eggs kept the hardcore hooked for ages. More of the same kind of thing is nice, but more Zombies in a different vein would be even better. We know we're asking for a lot here, but we're only speculating, alright?
Expand the 4-Player Co-Op Fun – We take it for granted now that when Treyarch makes a CoD game, 4-player co-op is in there as standard. Hopefully, if Black Ops 4 turns out to be a thing, 4-player co-op will be front and centre once again, giving you the opportunity to beat the campaign together with friends. But what about a few separate co-op modes outside of the campaign and Zombies, like WWII's War mode perhaps? Or even better, what about altering the campaign experience based on how many players are playing, so that you each experience the story from a slight different perspective? Granted, that might be a tall order, but we're sure Treyarch could pull it off.
More Secrets and Easter Eggs - We'd say that another bout of Dead Ops Arcade is a given, but then again, who knows? Treyarch has always been adept at squirrelling away little hidden secrets and easter eggs throughout its games, and we're hopeful that Black Ops 4 will be no different. Easter Eggs in Zombies mode are a given, but we're after more secrets in the campaign and its menus, whether its hidden mini-games like Dead Ops Arcade or little cheats and what not, count us in for more, please!
Looking forward to the year ahead. . . we can’t wait to share more!
— Treyarch Studios (@Treyarch) February 8, 2018
Looking forward to the year ahead. . . we can’t wait to share more!
And you know what? You can count us in for more across the board. Treyarch never really disappoints when it comes to the amount of content it crams into a CoD game, and we're sure Black Ops 4 (again, if it does turn out to be a thing) won't fail to deliver in that respect once more. Now just give us all that with the stuff we've just listed and you can count us happy gun-toting bunnies.
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