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Call of Duty Black Ops 4: Treyarch defends decision to ditch single-player campaign

Treyarch’s flashy reveal of Call of Duty Black Ops 4 amounted to a confirmation of what had leaked: this game breaks with tradition by not having a single-player campaign, but it does have a battle royale mode and expanded multiplayer to compensate.

And yet, the reveal left us with more questions than answers. Earlier this year, Eurogamer heard the campaign – or at least the closest Black Ops 4 had to a campaign – had been scrapped and the game restructured to focus on multiplayer. Why did this happen?

Battle royale’s inclusion in the game comes as little surprise. The phenomenally popular Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds caught the eye of the suits at Activision, and now Call of Duty has its own take. But how long has Treyarch had to build Blackout, Black Ops 4’s battle royale? And how many players will it contain?

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