Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Campaign Was Originally Envisioned with 2v2 Multiplayer in Mind

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Campaign Was Originally Envisioned with 2v2 Multiplayer in Mind

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's campaign mode was originally set to be centered around 2v2 multiplayer, before being canceled.

Last year, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was released as the first Call of Duty game to not include a single-player campaign. Now, in their article about crunch taking place at Treyarch, Kotaku has revealed some new information about what the game’s campaign mode would have entailed before it was canceled twice during development.

According to the report, Black Ops 4’s campaign was originally envisioned as a 2v2 style, story-focused multiplayer mode, which would see you and another player competing to complete opposing objectives. One example used in the report included one team of players fighting to keep a journalist alive, with the other team fighting to assassinate him.

The report went on to say that when the company came back from its 2017 winter break, the studio heads canceled that version of the campaign in favor of a more traditional single-player campaign, which was also canceled shortly thereafter due to a lack of time. As previously rumored, this, combined with the rising popularity of battle royale games, was responsible for the creation of the game’s Blackout mode, Treyarch’s take on battle royale.

All in all, I’m pretty disappointed that we’ll probably never get to see what that campaign looked like, but I’m even more disappointed that these developers invested all this time and potentially crunched to implement that feature, only to have it canceled.

A few hours ago, Treyarch responded to the Kotaku report in an internal email, where they said that they were making plans to change work/life culture at the studio.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.