This fall, the Call of Duty franchise will return to one of its most popular settings with the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Activision streamed the announcement today on YouTube with the video below. Jump to 6:08 for the action:
Activision isn’t offering much right now. The official reveal comes May 17 as part of a community event that will be held by developer Treyarch. That’s when you can expect to get some gameplay footage and an idea of when this game will be set – a question more and more relevant as the franchise ages.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 released in 2015 and was set in the year 2065, a full 40 years after Black Ops 2. Outside the Black Ops series, though, Call of Duty has been jumping all over the map. We were sent out to space two years ago with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, but last fall’s entry took us to where the series began with Call of Duty: WWII. With the poor response to Infinite Warfare, it’s anyone’s guess when Black Ops 4 will actually be set – will the team be venturing further out into the future, perhaps another 40 years? Or will they head backwards to the cold war for some historical espionage?
All we have for now is some guys cutting the logo out of a sheet of steel and, yes, it seems the logo for Black Ops 4 is “IIII” instead of “IV.”
Following the community reveal in May, we’ll likely see a bit more of the game at E3 – most likely at Sony’s E3 show – before the game’s official release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 12.