Activision and Treyarch recently unveiled Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, with a new Zombie and a battle royale mode along with the competitive multiplayer mode that we’ve all come to love over the course of the years. However, as previous rumors suggested, the developers got rid of the much-loved single-player campaign that players always expect in a Black Ops game.
While there were speculations that Treyarch scrapped the single-player campaign as it wouldn’t have been ready in time for the release, in a recent interview with Eurogamer, the development studio has revealed that it had no plans for a single-player campaign for Black Ops 4 to begin with. According to Dan Bunting, Treyarch co-studio head, the studio had not planned on making a traditional campaign at all. Eurogamer quoted Bunting as saying:
“Going back to the very beginning of Black Ops 4 development, we never had set out to make a traditional campaign. We always started from the place of, we’re going to make something different with this game that was going to be inspired by how our community was interacting with Black Ops 3 and the games over the years. We see more and more players spending more time with multiplayer and zombies, not just in game, but out of the game, streaming and talking about it in forums. It’s generated a really huge crowd response. The decision was, we wanted to make a different style of game this time.”
When Eurogamer further stressed on the lack of a traditional single-player campaign and the claims made by Bunting. Bunting said:
“There was never a traditional campaign. We’ve always wanted to tell stories in different ways. We’ve always wanted to celebrate our community, especially how you play the game with friends. The heart and soul of this game is how you play games with friends and we wanted to do more with that than we’ve ever done before.”
Since Call of Duty games and Black Ops titles in particular have always had a single-player campaign, a number of fans were furious when Treyarch revealed that there wouldn’t be a single-player campaign in Black Ops 4. Some even went to the extent of claiming that the lack of a single-player campaign would result in fewer sales. To this, Bunting said:
“I think change is always going to be hard for people. I would say to our fans, Treyarch has never let you down over the years. This is a studio you know is always going to deliver the best of the experiences you know and love, especially with the Black Ops series. We are delivering so much more of what players spend most of their time doing in our games in the series.”