Millions of people buy Call of Duty annually and this year is one of the highest sales for the game in recent years. Call of Duty Black Ops 4 made $500 million in its opening week which it may have its new addition to thank for.
This year is the first year that Call of Duty has had a Battle Royale game-mode. This of course took a long time to create along with all of the other game modes that Call of Duty is known for. Here is what Dan Bunting, who is the co studio had to say about the lack of Single player campaign in the game:
“Development is a journey,”
“We try a lot of different ideas and a lot of different things. The game that we are making has evolved over time, and that’s just a part of development. I can’t remember a single game that we’ve made that hasn’t had a dramatic change in the prototyping stage. That’s what prototyping is for. You prototype ideas; some of them work out great, some of them don’t work out great and you pivot. You find a new idea – focus on that. We follow the fun.”
“Internally, we have built a culture of adaptation. The most important aspect of game development is being able to adapt. If you can’t look at something that you’re doing honestly and say, ‘This thing isn’t good enough,’ or, ‘This isn’t what we want,’ and ‘We need to make a change.’ If you can’t do that yourself, then you’re not adapting. You’re not going to evolve in a way that’s going to constantly deliver exciting experiences for your fans.”
This doesn’t mean that we will never see another single player Call of Duty campaign again but it looks like the reason that there was no campaign this time around as the devs decided to focus on their new Battle Royale mode as it was more of a trend at the time.
Call of Duty executive VP and GM Robert Kostich had this to say about the upset in the Call of Duty Community:
“I don’t think that’s going to be a problem really. I think what our community is going to love at the end of the day comes down to the gameplay and the fun you have with it. And I think that’s what this game is going to have in spades. This is a little different from what we’ve done in the past.”
Call of Duty has been one of the best received in the past few years so it looks like that cutting the single player campaign was definitely the right decision to make in terms of helping make Call of Duty more enjoyable again.
Have you picked up Call of Duty Black Ops IIII or are you still playing Fortnite or PUBG?
Quotes taken from a new Game Informer video.