Developer DICE's Battlefield team is ecstatic today, according to a source familiar with the studio. That's because Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 may not have a single player campaign when it ships in October, Polygon and several affirmative reports on Activsion's largest series. Instead, Black Ops developer Treyarch focuses on the multiplayer mode and the cooperative zombie mode of the military shooter, which are megapopular with the millions of Call of Duty players.
When Black Ops 4 launches without a campaign, the team at DICE is pleased it could have an edge over its rival when it starts the next Battlefield. EA has already announced that there will be a Battlefield sequel this year, and in March I reported that Battlefield V (as EA calls it) will return to World War II. In Battlefield V, DICE plans to continue the vignette-style storytelling it began in the Battlefield 1
I turned to Electronic Arts, and a spokesman said it would not comment. Activision told Polygon that it does not comment on any rumors.
But the comparison between Call of Duty and Battlefield could favor DICE's game in 2018 for more subtle, psychological reasons. I've loved some Call of Duty games in the past, and I skipped the campaign in most of them – that includes the entries in the series that I spent more than 1,000 hours with. But I can not help looking back at the value proposition of paying $ 60 for online multiplayer modes only. Even if I did not touch them, the story campaigns helped me justify the price for myself. Paying the same price for what many perceive as a smaller game can be tough on the Call of Duty team.
Activision has not yet revealed the full range of content in Black Ops 4. An event on May 17 will provide most of these details. It's worth noting that Activision did not announce a price, but retailers like GameStop and Amazon are already making pre-orders for $ 60. I expect Call of Duty to cost $ 60 – though Activision has experience with multiplayer games like Blizzard's Overwatch at $ 40 with an optional $ 60 upgrade version that includes extra cosmetics.19659002] DICE sees this as an opportunity that EA could use as part of its marketing efforts. The company had a similar momentum in the 2016 showdown between Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1. Shooter fans were excited to see DICE play a classic environment like World War I, just as Activision was releasing their most futuristic science fiction -Call of duty in infinite warfare. As a result, fans rewarded Battlefield 1's video for a gametrailer with the highest score (a record that still exists), while Infinite Warfare's announcement video has more than 1 million downvotes on YouTube.
In the end, Call of Duty was still oversold Battlefield, as it always is. But EA's marketing and presence at industry events such as the E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles did not give the impression of how Battlefield 1 compares favorably to Infinite Warfare. That makes sense because a difference in setting is a difficult distinction that needs to be talked about without the competition being addressed. But if Battlefield V has a story campaign and Black Ops 4 does not, EA could put its news on it, without ever having to call Call of Duty by name.
Battlefield V is one of EA's big games for this year's E3. and it has a chance to talk about how it's the last Triple A shooter to come up with a blockbuster campaign mode.
At DICE, the team believes that Treyarch is removing the Black Ops 4 campaign, a sign of weakness. The Activision reportedly canceled the mode at the beginning of the year because the story was "too far out", so this was not the plan from the start. Now it's up to EA to take advantage of this potential weakness for Battlefield's advantage.
Although Activision Black did not want to launch Ops 4 without a campaign from the start, there could still be a new mode that could take its place. According to Polygon's report, the CharlieIntel call-of-duty news site published a separate story claiming that Activision support studio Raven is working on a battle-royale mode for Black Ops 4. This fight against the last player is supported by PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds and Fortnite) supposedly not yet 100 players, but that's the goal the developer is working towards.
Of course, DICE has already developed its own version of the popular genre for the last player, a source explains. This is a reminder that while Battlefield and Call of Duty compete against each other in a vacuum on the sell charts, this year they face a difficult market due to the popularity of Fortnites and PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds. Fortnite is dominant on the console and it could really make the value proposition for the games of EA or Activision seem harsh by comparison, and this competition could reduce the sales or micro transaction revenue for Call of Duty and Battlefield.