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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 to launch on October 12

Treyarch is a subsidiary of Activision that was acquired in 2001. (Source: Activision)
Treyarch is a subsidiary of Activision that was acquired in 2001. (Source: Activision)
Activision has announced the latest edition to the highly successful Call of Duty series of games. The next release will be Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and it is being created by the game developer Treyarch. A teaser clip for this fourth edition of the Black Ops range has been released and the game itself is scheduled for launch on October 12. Activision will hold a community reveal event on May 17.

Game-publishing giant Activision is expanding the popular Call of Duty series with this year’s offering: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. More specifics about the game will be given at the community event in May, and then it will be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in October. The American company revealed some startling information about the series' success at the end of 2015 in a full year financial results report: 250 million units from the Call of Duty franchise have been sold around the world, generating US$15 billion in sales (including in-game content purchases).

Little is currently known about the new game, which is officially titled Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII. Some reports have scoffed at the use of the Roman numeral "IIII" in the title; however, that usage is actually correct although uncommon compared to the more standard “IV.” "IIII" is still frequently used to represent "4" on clock and watch faces.

The brief teaser clip shows soldiers wearing and using what appears to be future tech, so the game will probably not be based in the past like the last release in the series, Call of Duty: WWII. But there are also some horror/zombie elements included and a rather scary looking character in an old German uniform, so who knows what Treyarch is cooking up? A tagline at the end reads “Forget What You Know” – so fans should remain both excited and open-minded about what gaming concepts the latest addition to the CoD family will conjure up.


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Daniel R Deakin, 2018-03- 8 (Update: 2020-09-30)