Continuing the trend started by Destiny 2, Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is going to be exclusive to Blizzard’s Battle.net platform. Both gaming giants obviously fall under the Activision-Blizzard, so it looks increasingly likely this is going to be a permanent agreement going forward.
"Black Ops 4 for the PC delivers a fully-optimized experience, which for the first time in Call of Duty's history will be available exclusively on Battle.net, Blizzard Entertainment's online gaming service," said Activision in a press release.
This time around, Activision promises the PC version of Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII is going to be a top priority. They do say this every year though, so take it with a pinch of salt.
"To make this super simple for you,” said Treyarch, “this is a super serious year for us for Black Ops 4 on PC. We're excited to share that we have a completely dedicated team with our friends over at Beenox, and they're making the most robust, the most refined, most customizable PC shooter experience that we've created.”
Beenox may not be a familiar name to some, but they did develop Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered as well as Skylanders: SuperChargers, as well as working on the last-gen port of Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Treyarch’s A-team won’t be working on the PC version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 though, although they will be enlisting the help of Blizzard.
"Now we're working very closely with both the dedicated PC team at Beenox as well as Blizzard to make sure that this is an absolutely great experience for our PC players," said Treyarch's David Vonderhaar. "This version of the game is custom-built for the PC and I think that's going to show through in every part of it," continued Mark Gordon, co-studio head at Treyarch.
As for Call of Duty: BLOPS 4’s PC system requirements, we’d expect them to much the same as Call of Duty: WWII before it, and probably not much more demanding that 2015’s Black Ops 3. On that front, Jonathan Moses, senior producer at Treyarch, has said: "We're testing on the widest assortment of hardware possible to make sure a large number of people can play and enjoy Black Ops 4."
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will, of course, have 4K support, as well as a variable frame rate and support for both HDR and ultra-wide monitors.
If you missed the live reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII last night, you can read all the juicy details here.