Blizzard and Activision announced some pretty big news and it has people either really excited or rather angry. The recently announced FPS (first person shooter), Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be available to PC gamers exclusively via the Battle.net launcher. This will be the second Activision game after Destiny 2 to make its way to Blizzard’s personal platform. COD (Call of Duty) players will get the same benefits as other Battle.net players via the launcher such as social integration and cross-game chat, Battle.net security, and other awesome perks. The amazing designers at Beenox, Treyarch, and Activision worked closely with Blizzard designers to really step up their game this time around. COD has always fallen a bit short compared to other PC first person shooters in the past. However we can only hope that with a bit of guidance it will be a hit.

COD: Black Ops 4 will feature multiplayer combat, three full Zombie survival modes available at release, and a new battle royale feature called Blackout. This will have the largest map in COD history along with their signature combat in a survival/elimination experience. They have also given players access to customizing their gameplay to create the perfect experience. PC game play will also feature 4k resolution, HDR, and support to ultra wide monitors. These announced features have PC gamers on the edge of their seats waiting to see if it all lives up to the hype.

This may all sound amazing; however, Blizzard has gotten quite a bit of backlash regarding the announcement. Many feel that Activision is crowding the Battle.net launcher and are afraid in a few years time it will be full of every COD game out there. Many are asking for a way to hide games from the launcher entirely. Some even suggested having Activision create their own launcher and moving their games over. Blizzard has not directly responded to these concerns, but they did answer a question in their press release with regards to future non-Blizzard games. So far they are not making any long-term plans to open the platform to other games and want to remain focused on those already available.

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Whether you are for or against COD: Black Ops 4 coming to the PC via Battle.net it doesn’t look like we have much of a choice. Only the future will really tell if adding more Activision games to the Battle.net launcher will have any major repercussions. I for one am excited that Blizzard had a helping hand in transitioning the game from PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to PC. COD was one of my first FPS games and I cannot wait to see all the amazing features coming out.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is available for preorder now and is set to release October 12th 2018.

 

[Images courtesy of Treyarch and Activision]

Julia Roth
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