Specialists system is back in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4! First introduced in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Specialists are characters with unique abilities in multiplayer. Treyarch is bringing back some of the specialists from Black Ops 3 to Black Ops 4 and also introducing brand new specialists with abilities adapted to the game’s new play style.
Specialists, alongside their base ability that they have, now also have an option to equip a Specialist Equipment. In create a class, players can choose to use Specialist Equipment or other options (such as frag grenade, molotov cocktail, concession grenade, etc.). If you chose the Specialist Equipment option, each specialist has its own specific equipment. New to Call of Duty, you don’t have an amount of equipment you can equip (i.e. 2x concussion grenades); instead, there’s a meter on the item in your HUD. Once that meter fills and it lights up yellow, your equipment is ready to use again. The center of the bottom HUD screen shows your main specialist ability, which is activated with L1+R1, just like Black Ops 3. R1 alone activates the equipment, while L1 does health regeneration.
Ruin, a specialist returning from Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, gets the grapple hook if you equip the Specialist Equipment – allowing you to transverse across the map when the ability is available.
Seraph also returns from Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 with her annihilator ability. Her new specialist equipment that can be used is a tactical deployment: it allows you to place down a tactical deployment anywhere on the map (once available) and then lets your team spawn at the deployment location.
Firebreak returns from Black Ops 3 with the flamethrower in tow as the main ability. His new specialist equipment is a Reactor Core, which sets up a small area of death for enemies that venture near it.
There are also new specialists coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, including Crash – a medic specialist. Crash has abilities to assist your team in healing when needed. Another new specialist to the game is Tork. His ability is to put down razer wires which stops players from advancing forward in full pace. It slows you down, making it harder to move. Since there’s no boost jump, it’s either you push through it or shoot it out.
Another change with specialists in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 versus Black Ops 3 is that players select their specialists once the game loads up. And each specialist (in the current build of the game) can only be used once on each team. You can change your specialist choice during a match.
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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