Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launches this week and there are several things you should know about this latest installment. Here’s everything you should know about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Multiplayer Only

Despite having one of the best single-players of the Call of Duty franchise Treyarch and Activision has abandoned the single-player portion of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. This means those wishing to play this entry will have to purchase a premium membership on consoles, Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus if they wish to play.

There’s an Exclusive Season Pass and Microtransactions

Despite being a multiplayer only game with microtransactions players who want the latest content will need to play. In addition, the season pass won’t be available to everyone and those wishing to gain access to the content it provides must purchase the $99.99 Digital Deluxe Edition, the $119.99 Pro Edition (a physical package that is exclusive to GameStop) and the $129.99 Digital Deluxe Enhanced Edition.

It’s an extremely strange system, removing the single-player, a timed-exclusive season pass, and including microtransactions. Whereas Overwatch, which does the same thing, provides all future content updates for free.

You’ll Need A lot of Space

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 isn’t a small game. With all the competitive multiplayer modes,  and the battle royale mode Blackout players will need 112 GB of free space in addition to 50 GB of free space. That’s about 150 GB of space just for the core game. If you invest into the season pass be prepared to clear more space over the course of the game’s longevity.

Regeneration Has Changed

Unlike past Call of Duty games players won’t regenerate their entire health and must manually heal themselves. Health bars will be separated into segments and only that portion will be restored, forcing players to think 2 moves ahead before charging in.

Specialist Return

Similar to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 players can choose one of 10 specialist classes. Each with their own unique abilities, with some returning from Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. Players can still customize their loadout without issue but unique skills will remain linked to specific specialists.

Blackout

The biggest addition, literally, is the battle royale mode Blackout. This mode is Activision Blizzard’s answer to Fortnite with the biggest map in franchise history. Players will have to pick up weapons and vehicles on the go while the map shrinks. The map itself combines all the best past maps from the previous Call of Duty games into one arena.

Up to 80 players will compete in a single match as either solo or with a squad of 4 players.

Personalized Zombies Mode

Zombies have been a key system since its debut with Call of Duty: World at War and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The core game will come with 3 campaigns called “Voyage of Despair” players can use employ “Custom Mutations” to alter the overall difficulty, speed of zombies, health, damage, and many more changes. Limited time events called “Callings” will provide alternations to the game giving players who enjoy the mode more reasons to continue playing.

For more on Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 check out our E3 2018 preview.

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