The announcements have been made. The dust has, well, nearly settled, bar a rogue horde who’ve lost all sense of perspective. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Battlefield V have been revealed to the world. The two biggest first-person shooters on the planet will lock horns in October, their releases dates separated by a handful of days.
Come crunch time, we suspect most folks will only be picking up one out of these two games. The holiday season is incredibly busy, Red Dead Redemption 2 will be just a week away, and there’s only so much money that most are prepared to spend for their fix.
In the Call of Duty corner, we have the return of Treyarch. Beloved by fans as arguably the strongest Call of Duty developer these days, Treyarch has taken the rather bold decision of skipping a single-player campaign entirely for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. It’s the first COD game to ever do this, but Treyarch and Activision hope a wealth of multiplayer options will make up for this shortfall.
Without getting caught up on the nitty-gritty, COD: BLOPS 4 is a near-future shooter that features a sort of class-based system for player loadouts, as well as the introduction of the battle royale Blackout mode. For co-op players, Zombies is also returning in a big way. There’ll be three maps in at launch with the promise of more to come as part of the premium Zombies pass.
While Treyarch is looking forward, DICE is continuing to look backwards. Following the success of Battlefield 1, DICE has taken it upon themselves to revisit World War 2 for Battlefield V. It’s probably the most covered conflict in history, across all mediums, but with good reason. We won’t be storming the beaches of Normandy yet again though as DICE is planning to focus on the untold stories and lesser-known battles of WW2.
The Battlefield V reveal trailer certainly wasn’t the strongest we’ve seen DICE produce, and raised more questions than it provided answers, but you can get a picture of the aesthetic they’re going for. Battlefield V promises to be a little crazier than any WW2 game that has come before it, expanding on the popular Operations mode and finally scrapping that pesky Premium Pass. All post-launch maps, modes, factions, and weapons will be available to all owners of Battlefield V at no additional cost. Win/win.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launches on October 12th while Battlefield V arrives a week later on October 19th. If you’ve got an EA Access pass though, then you can get in five days earlier on October 14th.
With these two goliaths of the multiplayer FPS world launching within days of one another, which is going to get your hard-earned cash? Are you impressed or disappointed with what you’ve heard about these titans so far? Let us know what you think of them below!