With More than 200 Million Players to date,
The Black Ops Series Returns with All-New Blockbuster October 12th
Call of Duty Partners with Blizzard Entertainment to Bring Black Ops 4 to Battle.net
Pre-Order Now and Receive Access to the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Private Beta
Global Livestream Community Event Caps Biggest Call of Duty Reveal Ever
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — May 17, 2018 — It’s time to soldier up becauseBlack Opsis back! The series which has become the most played inCall of Duty®history as well as a cultural phenomenon around the globe returns October 12thwith the release ofCall of Duty®: Black Ops 4, a gritty, grounded, all-out combat experience.Black Ops 4raisesthe bar forMultiplayermode that increases tactical gameplay and player choice, along with the biggestZombiesoffering ever with three full experiences at launch, andBlackout, where theBlack Opsuniverse comes to life in a massive battle royale experience featuring iconic characters and locations from all fourBlack Opsgames in a one-of-a-kind offering that is uniquelyBlack Ops.Published by Activision and developed by award-winning studio Treyarch,Call of Duty: Black Ops 4transforms the established universe played by hundreds of millions of fanswith the largest gameplay experience ever created in the series.
“Black Ops 4gives our community more ways to have fun with their friends than anything Treyarch has ever created and introduces meaningful innovations to every element of the game, including next level tactical team-based multiplayer, the biggest zombies offering yet andBlackout, where the largest map inCall of Dutyhistory brings together the rich universe ofBlack Ops,” said Rob Kostich, EVP and GM, Call of Duty. “More than 200 million players have calledBlack Opshome, and they’ve played for more than 15 billion hours. This is an incredible community that has inspired the development team to take their innovative gameplay design to new heights.”
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on October 12th. Fans can pre-order now and get access to theCall of Duty: Black Ops 4Private Beta*.Black Ops 4for thePC delivers a fully-optimized experience, which for the first time inCall of Duty’shistory will be available exclusively on Battle.net, Blizzard Entertainment’s online gaming service.
The game was revealed earlier today in a livestreamed community event broadcast worldwide across 10 languages, as Activision and Treyarch unveiled an unprecedented first look along with a trove of detailed game information.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4features gritty, grounded, combat, along with new levels of customization and tactical gameplay, and a variety of new weaponry, maps and modes for the ultimateBlack Opsmultiplayer experience. The game features the return of the iconic Pick 10 system, along with a series of innovations in weapon controls, combat flow, health regeneration, and player movement.Black Ops 4goes deeper than ever before into the fiction of multiplayer, where players will explore the world of Specialists – who they are, why they exist, and what battles they fight together – while mastering their gameplay through solo and multiplayer combat experiences.Black Ops 4features a combination of new and returning Specialists, each with their own unique weapons, equipment and playstyles. Players will be powerful alone, but devastating as a team working together.
“Black Ops 4is by far the most ambitious title our team has ever created,” said Dan Bunting, Co-Studio Head, Treyarch. “At its coreBlack Opshas always been about challenging convention and boldly taking our gameplay in new directions. WithBlack Ops 4, we’ve designed an experience for all play styles and skill levels from casual to competitive. It brings a layer of tactical depth that rewards players for mastery, and just feels so good to play.”
Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the originalCall of Duty Zombies,Black Ops 4also debuts an entirely new and unprecedented Zombies experience that’s the biggest Day One offering in franchise history – with three fully-featured Zombies experiences at launch –IX,Voyage of DespairandBlood of the Dead. With immersive new adventures, a brand-new cast of characters and a nefarious new enemy,Black Ops 4Zombieswill feature the deep gameplay and easter eggs that the rabid community of fans devours. It also includes the most customizable action to-date, new systems for creating and completing community challenges, and social systems designed to connect players.Black Ops 4also reintroduces difficulty levels and an in-game tutorial to onboard new players to the Zombies universe, while giving hardcore players the option of ratcheting up the challenge. Additionally,Zombie Rushis a brand new mode that streamlines the gameplay experience, introducing enticing new challenges to grizzled veterans, while creating a whole new tempo of gameplay for newcomers.
In addition to unveiling Multiplayer and Zombies in today’s world premiere, the team also introducedBlackout– the new battle royale-style experience that combinesBlack Ops’signature fast, fluid, guns-up combat, with fierce new levels of survival competition across iconicBlack Opssettings re-imagined at a colossal scale.Blackoutis an experience unlike any other game or mode inCall of Dutyhistory, where players will have to scavenge, strategize, compete and survive to win. Featuring the largest map ever built inCall of Duty– 1,500 times bigger thanNuketown–Blackout
thrusts players into a collision course as they play as classic characters spanning the history of theBlack Opsseries including the originalCall of DutyZombies Origins cast. Battling solo or in teams, players will engage in diverse combat complete with ground, air and sea vehicles across a gamespace unlike anything ever inCall of Duty. Players will encounter fan-favoriteBlack Opsmap locations and call upon a massive arsenal ofBlack Opsweaponry and equipment as the winner-takes-all action creates a new way to playCall of Duty.
“TheBlack Opscommunity means everything to us, so we knew in order to deliver something really special for our fans likeBlackout,with the biggest map we’ve ever created inCall of Duty,we had to push ourselves and our tech to the absolute limits,” said Mark Gordon, Co-Studio Head, Treyarch. “The same goes for our PC community. They have inspired and fueled us to set a new standard on PC across every aspect from dedicated servers and security to full optimization and polish that’s worthy of bothBlack Opsand Battle.net.”
For the PC, Treyarch is co-developing with Beenox, who together are working closely with Blizzard to optimizeBlack Ops 4for Battle.net.Black Ops 4represents the largest development team assembled for a PC title in the series.Black Ops 4on PC will have uncapped framerate, 4K resolution and HDR, support for ultra-wide monitors and the ability for players to extensively customize the performance and visual quality for their specific hardware. In addition, players will be able to select from pre-set control options, including options for left-handed players, or fully customize the keyboard and mouse controls to their preference. In addition, Treyarch and Beenox worked closely with the team at Blizzard to incorporate Battle.net’s social systems, security, and server stability intoBlack Ops 4, to prepare for the release on Battle.net on October 12.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4is published by Activision, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), and developed by Treyarch with additional development support from Raven Software and PC development with Beenox. For more information and the latest intel check out:www.callofduty.com,www.
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Treyarch is an award-winning video game studio, driven by the desire to create epic gameplay experiences that are enjoyed by as many video game fans as possible. It is an approach that has helped to make the studio behind theCall of Duty: Black Opsseries of games, an industry-leading developer.Call of Duty: Black Opsset an entertainment launch opening record upon its release in 2010 and continues to be one of the best-selling games of all time, according to NPD and GfK Chart-Track;Call of Duty: Black Ops IIset world-wide launch day records; and the studio’s most recentCall of Duty: Black Ops IIIheld the biggest entertainment opening weekend of 2015, and was the #1 console game globally for the calendar year. Additionally, Treyarch is the birthplace of Call of Duty’s Zombies. Treyarch is wholly owned by Activision.
About Blizzard Entertainment
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atch®, theWarcraft®,StarCraft®, andDiablo® franchises, and the multi-franchiseHeroes of the Storm®, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes twenty-one #1 games†and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s online gaming service is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players
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