Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 had campaign on the original plans
When Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was announced, many players were surprised to see that, for the first time, the game would not feature a story mode. However, this option was in Treyarch’s original plans, but the production team ended up dropping that idea to include the Battle Royale option.
According to the website Kotaku, a story mode was in the plans for the game until early 2018, and it should be shaped as a PvP game style between pairs. In this case, the four players would be important elements of the narrative (there would also be the possibility of replacing the partner and opponents with bots), and there would be a chance to switch sides if they wanted to follow the other perspective.
There was also a mention that Treyarch even had a demonstration like this in late 2017, a period when the development team was still looking into this idea. However, players who had contact with this modality did not like the idea very much, and the lack of some technical elements caused the option to be canceled from the game.
Red Dead 2 accelerated the process
Of course, with all the feedback received from the players, the team that was working on Black Ops 4 would work to redo the campaign in 11 months, but that was when Rockstar gave “the shot of mercy” with the announcement of Red Dead Redemption 2 for October 2018.
“What does this have to do with the release of Black Ops 4”, you may be wondering. As he would be a strong candidate to steal part of the game’s sales, Activision thought it best to anticipate the launch of his title, reducing production time by one month. Because of this, the game of the Call of Duty series ended up receiving the Blackout mode.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is available for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. As for the next game in the series, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, it will feature a detailed story mode that marks the return of Captain Price, and will arrive at same platforms as the predecessor on October 25 this year.