Rumor: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Multiplayer Said to Be Similar to Overwatch

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Following news that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 won’t have a traditional single-player campaign and will, instead, have a reported battle royale mode, more Black Ops 4 multiplayer info has come to light, and it paints a vastly different picture than what franchise fans are used to.

Twitter user Matt Harris who seems to have a lot of info regarding Treyarch’s upcoming game, has spoken out, and has revealed a ton of info regarding Black Ops 4, the reported battle royale mode, and even Activision’s corporate doings. Normally, we don’t report on random people’s tweets, but credible Call of Duty site CharlieIntel corroborated some of the info, which leads us to believe that some of the stuff mentioned are legit.

First off,  the leak states that the Black Ops 4 multiplayer experience is similar to Blizzard’s Overwatch, which, according to CharlieIntel “lines up” with the info they’ve heard as well. If you’re shocked by this, don’t forget, the game is in active development and as such, things are constantly being changed. Treyarch has reportedly backpedaled on many of the Overwatch-like elements that were in development for Black Ops 4 after initial play testing didn’t go over so well.

Further more, the leak also states that there are some similar elements to Black Ops 4 and with LawBreakers –which in itself was kind of similar to Overwatch. The leak mentions that Black Ops 4 features a mixture of boots on the ground and advanced movements with “many changes to the franchise’s core systems,” like a new killstreak-based system, hero abilities (which are similar to Black Ops 3’s Specialists) and more. Check out the full leaked info regarding multiplayer below.

“New Multiplayer information has been confirmed by more than one source so I can now talk about that more publicly. As of two days ago Multiplayer was in the worst state you have ever seen a Call of Duty multiplayer mode. Sources who have play-tested the mode claim that it is less like a call of duty mode and more like a Call of Duty Overwatch or a Call of Duty Lawbreakers. The Lawbreakers reference is incredibly apt considering what he told me next. Remember how I said the game was simultaneously boots on the ground and advanced movement? Well I can elaborate on that a little more too. The game was going to take the “hero” or “specialist” system from Black Ops 3 and take it to the next level. Perks were basically removed completely, and had instead been morphed into a strange kind of Kill Streak. Normal Killstreaks as we know them, for example harrier jets or chopper gunners, didn’t in fact exist in this version of Black Ops 4. Instead you got highly powerful perks. One of which was a Movement Alteration. It literally changed your movement from Boots on The Ground to something very strongly resembling Black Ops 3’s advanced movement systems.

This fell flat with playtesters. They didn’t like it at all. It was deemed an unfair portrayal of Call of Duty, and something that wouldn’t resonate with fans in the slightest. So, as of the last play test, things are changing. Actual Killstreaks are being entered into the game and the hero systems are being scaled back a little bit. What this does mean is that the game is in fact beginning to resemble more and more the state of the game in Black Ops 3. What this means for the future of BO4 I do not know. Currently my information does not stretch to what the mode will become, only to what it very recently was. With the community reveal only weeks away I am truly concerned for Call of Duty Black Ops 4, and even more concerned for Treyarch as a development studio. This is tighter than it has ever been.”

Note that these should all be taken as rumors until verified or debunked by Activision. We’ve reached out to Activision to ask for a statement and will reply if and when we get a response.

With Black Ops 4’s reveal less than a month away, it seems franchise fans will be in for a shock very soon.