At the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 reveal event last week, developer Treyarch confirmed that the game would not have a traditional single-player campaign. Instead, the game would focus on modes including the game's traditional multiplayer as well as Zombies, and the battle royale mode Blackout. While many fans were glad to see the improvements to multiplayer, many others were disappointed that the game was ditching the expected story campaign.
In a new interview, Treyarch has now responded to these complaints of a lack of single-player. Speaking to Eurogamer, Treyarch's co-studio head Dan Bunting explained that "change is always going to be hard for people." Bunting encouraged Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 fans to have faith in the developer, saying,"Treyarch has never let you down over the years" and that "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."
Bunting also alluded to the reasoning for why Treyarch decided to ditch the story campaign this time around. "We are delivering so much more of what players spend most of their time doing in our games in the series," said Bunting. Widely circulated statistics confirm that less and less Call of Duty players are completing the series' story campaigns each year. While Bunting didn't say it outright, it is obviously quite unprofitable to keep making content that no one plays. This is especially the case when the game's COD Points microtransactions in multiplayer and DLC season passes are better for making bank continuously.
Positively though, Bunting does note that there is some content for fans who do still play Call of Duty for that narrative content or prefer to play the game solo. The developer explained, "We're delivering a series of solo missions that can take you deeper into understanding each of the specialists you're going to play in multiplayer," adding that players will be able to discover the "backstory" of the characters.
It is also worth noting that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 may well add a story campaign after it launches, according to other recent comments from Treyarch. That may not satisfy those hoping for a rich narrative in the coming title, but it's some sort of silver living for fans of the story campaign.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is set to release on October 12, 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.