In what has become a common trend in the game release cycle, Treyarch has shed light on its plans for post-launch Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 content. As posted in a news piece on the studio’s own website, Treyarch is aiming ‘to deliver a steady stream of content to the entire community – the most active calendar of events in our history, period’ covering all three main modes, namely Blackout, Multiplayer, and Zombies. Content will vary from free to paid depending on what’s on offer.
First up, a rejigged version of the Nuketown map will hit Multiplayer servers from November for free, while a handful of new Specialists will arrive in December with more planned for the future.
As for Blackout, Treyarch see the launch map as a starting point for further improvement with plans for regular updates, improvements, expansions, and fresh modes. Finally, Treyarch is cooking up a busy schedule of seasonal, weekly, and time-limited events in the form of special modes and content. All of the above is free and available to all players, while those who want more content can sign up to the Black Ops Pass.
Map, Specialists, and events will drop on PlayStation 4 early thanks to an exclusivity deal, however publisher Activision confirmed this will only be for 7 days rather than the originally planned 30 day exclusivity period, news those of us on Xbox One and PC are surely pleased to hear. The 30-day period felt prohibitory with Treyarch switching to small, bite-sized updates rather than sweeping expansions as they’ve done in the past.
In the same post, Treyarch reiterated its commitment to ongoing support and communication with the community in order to offer ‘the best game…ever delivered’. Up to now, community engagement has been at the forefront of both Blackout and Multiplayer betas, the hope being they will continue moving forward in what has been a refreshing turn in player/developer relations.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launches on October 12th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.