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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 cut campaign details have surfaced online

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 cut campaign details have surfaced online
Written by ga_dahmani
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 cut campaign details have surfaced online

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was something of a mixed bag. Audiences criticized the 2018 game for the lack of a single-player campaign. Critics also didn’t like the way Activision Blizzard and Treyarch structured the microtransactions. This was also shown in the numbers. Black Ops 4 recorded the series’ lowest physical retail sales in a decade. However, the game had the highest digital sales. This mixed reception might have been what convinced Treyarch to return to the early 1980s after bringing back the single-player campaign for 2020’s Black Ops – Cold War.

Regardless of what might have happened, Black Ops 4 arguably laid the groundwork for the current success of Call of Duty, especially Warzone.

But it turns out that Black Ops 4 didn’t need to “suffer” as much as it did. New details claim that Treyarch had a full single-player campaign ready for Black Ops 4. The latest information contains everything from plot and mission designs that are too elaborate to be a hoax.

We’re happy that the backlash towards Black Ops 4’s lack of a single player campaign has caused Activision to reconsider leaving it for future installments.

According to the long reddit thread by u/Purpletoaster20, the information comes from months of research and conversations with “people who have inside knowledge of this month.” They added that the post contains images from builds from early 2017 and served as an “early prototype for the specialist headquarters that was created long after the original game was cancelled.” Going back to the single player campaign, Black Ops 4 would have been called “Race” set in 2070 after the events of Black Ops 3. They refer to the current weather as “The Year of Chaos” after years of weather disasters and a pandemic world that devastated the entire world.

The basic premise would have included two warring factions: the Free People’s Army (FPA) and the World United Nations (WUN). The goal was to make the single-player campaign tie in with Black Ops 4’s live co-op elements with plans for individual side quests for players who had built “relationships” with their special companions. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned, as Treyarch felt the gameplay loop was “too repetitive.”

The post goes into detail about other pieces of content that Treyarch dropped. This includes several DLC seasons for Career and a zombie sequel, “Zombies Next”, which continued after the “Nightmares” mode for Black Ops 3.

Treyarch, Sledgehammer Games, and Infinity Ward reportedly take 3-4 years to work on their Call of Duty games. In fact, reports suggest that Call of Duty 2024 is already in the works with details about its maps making their way online a few months ago. We wouldn’t be surprised if several things about the games changed between the time development began and once they came out. However, we’re surprised that Treyarch didn’t follow through on their initial plans for Black Ops 4. Black Ops – Cold War might have sold better compared to Vanguard, but there’s a chance Black Ops 5 will follow Black Ops 4 with a campaign for a single player would have worked better.

On the other hand, if Call of Duty didn’t experience its current decline, we don’t think Activision would consider changing the annual cycle.

We hope that Treyarch will reconsider their initial plans for Black Ops 4 and use it for a future Black Ops game.

Call of Duty is set to get its next installment later this year with Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 2 followed by Warzone 2. Rumor has it that we won’t be seeing a Call of Duty game next year with Activision releasing premium single player DLC for Modern Warfare 2 instead. With Modern Warfare 2 set to enter beta in September, we’ll soon find out more about Activision’s plans for this year’s Call of Duty.

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