Approximately 155 million Americans play video games on a regular basis. Though seemingly every few months a new game comes across the digital realm and takes over for a while, there is one video game franchise that has been king for nearly a decade: Call of Duty.
As of February 2016, the Call of Duty series has sold over 250 million copies, with sales topping $15 billion — and they aren’t done yet.
Activision just released the first gameplay trailer for “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4,” and it seems as though the franchise’s millions of fans will likely give it a shot once the game is released in October.
According to The Guardian, the new Call of Duty will take on the ever-popular Fortnite, with a battle royale mode of its own.Though the campaigns have been historically successful for Call of Duty, Black Ops 4 will focus more on its multiplayer modes, implementing its first battle royal gameplay, a gaming style that has become extremely thanks to Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).
In a press release, Activision promised that the new mode — “Blackout” — would combine: “Black Ops’ signature fast, fled, guns-up combat, with fierce new levels of survival competition across iconic Black Ops settings reimagined at a colossal scale.”
Blacks Ops 4 will also feature its traditional multiplayer modes as well as its signature Zombie mode, which involves team-based battles against waves of zombie invaders within large battle environments.
When it comes to “Blackout,” “We’re bringing to bear 10 years worth of Black Ops features,” added Call of Duty developer David Vonderhaar. “That’s your favorite characters, your favorite weapons, and the most iconic parts of your favorite maps. We’re putting them all in one place.”
Vonderhaar also added that the new “Blackout” game mode will feature the biggest map ever featured in a Call of Duty game.
Here is the official trailer for Call of Duty Black Ops 4.
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