Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Details - Everything we know so far

New specialists, more weapon customization, battle royale mode and, of course... zombies.

If you missed the stream on the 17th, Activision rolled out a huge amount of new information on the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which is due out this October.

ReadySet was lucky enough to get an early hands-on peek at the game! Here's everything we know so far.


Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will not have a single-player campaign. It's oriented entirely around the multiplayer. So, if you were bracing for another lackluster story with questionable politics, fear not. Or well, fear less than you might have otherwise.

As for story and setting details, Black Ops 4 is chronologically set prior to 2015's Black Ops 3 and features ten specialists: returning characters Ruin, Prophet, Battery, Seraph, Nomad, Firebreak; and four newcomers, Recon, Ajaz, Torque, and Crash.

Multiplayer has been given an overhaul to emphasize tactical and team-based gameplay. There's no health regeneration anymore; instead, players will have a health bar and need to reckon with a manual healing system. Weapon customization is also expected to feature heavily.

While still technically contained in the multiplayer mode, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 does contain a "Solo Missions" mode which focus on the backstories of the specialists.


Passe, you say? That may be, but zombie modes continue to be a crowd-pleaser for Call of Duty fans, and Black Ops 4 is rolling out a wider range of customization, not just for your human players but also for the stumbling dead. "Custom Mutations" will allow you to modify your shambling opponents to your liking by adjusting things like speed and overall difficulty.

Fast zombies? Slow zombies? Now you can have both!

At launch, Black Ops 4 will feature three on-disc maps, each with a different setting and gimmick. "Voyage of Despair" is set aboard the RMS Titanic in 1912; "IX" takes place in Ancient Rome; and "Blood of the Dead" remakes the classic Black Ops 2 map "Mob of the Dead" set on Alcatraz. You can expect more scenarios to follow.


Battle royale games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite: Battle Royale are the hot new thing, so it's no surprise Activision decided its flagship series should get in on the action.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout mode will feature the biggest Call of Duty map to date, and promises not just the regular slaughter of multiplayer but a diverse set of land, sea, and air vehicles as well. You can also expect characters from the Black Ops series to make an appearance.

More Details On The Way?

We'll likely hear a few more at E3 next month, possibly detailing preorder features and special editions. Oh, and DLC. So much DLC.

In the meantime, if you want to see how our ReadySet video guy performed during his hands-on with the game, well... brace yourself for the video below...