On Thursday 17th May, the much-anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Community Reveal event will be taking place in Inglewood, California.
Following the announcement that Treyarch will be revisiting the Black Ops franchise for its October release, fans and critics have been theorising what this means for Black Ops 4.
Call of Duty: Battle Royale?
One theory that fans across social media have been discussing is the potential inclusion of a Battle Royale mode in the game, as a replacement for the supposedly left out single-player campaign.
With the recent BR mania that is supported heavily by games such as Fornite and PUBG, this would make sense based on Activision’s desire to always stay on trend and offer Call of Duty fans something new and invigorating.
Credence has been given to this rumour following a tweet by Shroud, who has announced via Twitter that he will be co-streaming the reveal.
— Michael Grzesiek (@shroud) May 16, 2018
For many Call of Duty fans (you need only look at the replies to the tweet), this is all but confirmation that Black Ops 4 will feature a Battle Royale mode, given that this is what Shroud himself is now known for.
The potential for backlash
However, there are several issues surrounding the concept of Call of Duty BR.
One of these is that Call of Duty has always been designed as a fast, frenetic game, with a quick TTK (time to kill), which is the exact antithesis of what Battle Royale is.
This could bring the Call of Duty fanbase, which has already been fractured over recent years, to even more loggerheads, as Call of Duty moves further again from the roots in which people fell in love and made it the most successful video game franchise each year.
Not only this but it would split the fanbase as we saw happen last year, when Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was released with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered alongside it.
If Call of Duty want to release a Battle Royale game to compete with the likes of Fortnite, they’re going to need to find a way to please fans both old and new.
Where to watch the stream
Links to each official stream are below.