Activision just can’t catch a break with Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII leaks. Initially, item listings in GameStop’s system suggested that 2018’s Call of Duty title would be “Black Ops 4“. The very next day, James Harden of the Houston Rockets was spotted wearing a hat with a logo strongly resembling that of Black Ops III. Two days later, whether previously-planned or forced out, Activision released a teaser trailer for Black Ops IIII, confirming its existence and October 12, 2018 release date.
It was relatively quiet until rumors started circulating that Black Ops IIII will release without a single-player campaign, including instead cooperative modes and possibly a “battle royale” mode to fill the gap. Then, it was reported that the game’s traditional multiplayer component will be more of a hero shooter, comparable to Overwatch (which is also owned by Activision) and Lawbreakers. As much as I appreciate all of this information coming out, I would feel better if all of these leaks weren’t terrible ideas. Continue reading →