Yesterday, rumors began circulating that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 wouldn’t have a single player campaign, due to a hold-up behind the scenes, and it was planning to fill the gap with a battle royale mode, co-op missions, players enjoying Zombies on their lonesome, and, of course, multiplayer. Surely that’s enough game for anybody, right? Perhaps. But it’s not a slam dunk, and if it does turn out to be true, it may lock out a group of fans.
One can argue that the single-player experience is changing. There’s no lack of great single-player games, of course, but the boundary of what “single player” is is expanding. Destiny, Activision’s other big FPS franchise, can be played on its own, but it’s part of a persistent online world that sees other players zipping by and flitting in and out of conflicts, with Ubisoft’s The Division working the same way.
Grand Theft Auto V started as a deep single-player adventure, but its online multiplayer is what made it an even bigger financial behemoth. Far Cry 5 is heavily geared for you to have a buddy along and will fill it in with an AI companion if you can’t find one. And, of course, multiplayer games are enormously popular, as the Call of Duty franchise can attest.