A new report out from a Wall Street Journal analyst claims that the current response to Battlefield V has been weaker than expected, as their report states pre-orders for that title are ‘weak’ as of now.
Their report claims that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s pre-order numbers, alongside Red Dead Redemption 2’s pre-orders, are “showing greater demand” than Battlefield V.
The analysts, Cowen, thinks Battlefield V might end up being another “Titanfall 2” situation, where EA launched that game in between major fall releases. Battlefield V is set to launch between Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2. Black Ops 4 launches October 12, Battlefield V launches October 19, followed by Red Dead Redemption 2 on October 26.
Late in July, another analyst group (Michael J. Olson and Yung Kim) stated that they believe Black Ops 4 will in fact outsell Red Dead Redemption 2 as well. This group believes with Treyarch’s strong fan base, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 could sell minimum 19.4 million units this year. They shared some numbers in late July showcasing how many units they believe Black Ops 4 will have in 2018:
Those numbers, compared with the group’s projection for Red Dead shown below, shows Call of Duty may end up being the #1 game this fall because of overall brand power versus other titles.
In Activision Blizzard’s recent earnings call, the company stated pre-orders for Black Ops 4 are looking ‘strong’ and that the company expects Black Ops 4 to be the #1 console game this fall.
COD 2020 Teasers: Black Ops 4 Summit map, Treyarch social profile
As we opened our new crates that Activision sent through, Black Ops 4’s Summit map got an update.
The screens in the center of the map in Black Ops 4 turned on which seem to match to what some of our slides show:
There’s also a look at clocks of 4 out of the 5 locations that some of us got as part of the slides to see:
These changes do appear to be new, especially the screens with the targets on them. Analyzing older images of the maps showcase that the screens were not showing the same thing.
In addition, Treyarch has updated their cover photo on social channels.
It’s getting cold out there…
Gameplay from Black Ops 4’s canceled campaign mode revealed
A user on Reddit, r/BlackOps4, has shared what appears to be the very first footage of gameplay from the canceled campaign mode of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which released in October 2018, was the first Call of Duty game to not have a traditional campaign mode, instead opting to have three online-based modes.
Treyarch insisted throughout the year that they really didn’t have plans for a campaign and were focusing on an online connected experience for Black Ops 4, but many reports and sources described the campaign as being too ambitious and canceled because of issues with development.
On Reddit, a user has shared about two minutes of alpha footage of the gameplay of Black Ops 4’s campaign. The campaign, in alpha-state footage (meaning its not complete), had a very similar HUD to the MP experience of Black Ops 4. The user claims that the campaign and MP were supposed to be connected, and that’s why the HUD is so similar.
The gameplay starts by showing a message of “FIND THE AQUILUS CEO.”
Here’s the gameplay footage:
The user who posted this has not said where they got this gameplay footage as of now. He said he only has this footage, alongside an augmented footage of the engine of BO4, which he is not releasing at this time.
Double XP live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 through February 6
To celebrate the big game this weekend, Treyarch is activating Double XP Quad Feed in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 this weekend – starting now.
Live in game now is:
- 2XP in MP
- 2XP in Zombies
- 2XP Party Game Moshpit
All of this is live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This is live through February 6 at 10AM PT.
For those still enjoying Black Ops 4, enjoy a new XP weekend!
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