Black Ops 4 was released without a narrative campaign, but it should have been one, and it was supposed to be a turning point for the license.
It is on Reddit that the information has just been shared by Purpletoaster20, a user who claims to have done a months-long investigation. He’s serving up a ton of information about Call of Duty Black Ops 4’s famous single-player campaign that never saw the light of day.
Forced amputation of a mode that wanted to renew the recipe
At the origin therefore, Treyarch would have planned to incorporate a campaign into its FPSbut was cut off in its momentum. Apparently, the campaign never saw the light of day due to disagreements over game mechanics and technical problems which made the developers waste a lot of time.
Yet, the campaign mode of this Black Ops 4 was supposed to mark a turning point in the license by offering a cooperative and competitive mode in 2v2 (also playable in solo). Called Career, this part of the game was meant to give depth and credibility to the operators that would be used in the multiplayer mode, while providing narration.
The scenario was set in a post-Black Ops 3 world torn by war and pandemic. Two factions were fighting each other and players had to choose sides before engaging in field operations (in duo) with various objectives (cleaning, capture of objective, escort, etc..), and to face a team of the opposite faction.
Treyarch’s goal was to offer short (15 to 20 minutes) and intense missions where the result of each conflict would impact the rest of our campaign. Moreover, the faction and the character chosen had to change the way of living the events, thus offering replayability to this campaign mode.
Unfortunately, this career mode, although made playable internally, will never appear in the final game. The rest we know, Black Ops 4 was released with only a multiplayer mode, a Battle Royale and the indecrottable zombie mode and the game was a real flop, in addition to being widely panned by the community.
Black Ops 4 missed the train, but Modern Warfare 2 is going to turn things around if we believe Activision, which is betting absolutely everything on it, and even intends to revolutionize the license with this opus and Warzone 2.
If we recommend that you take a few precautions since we can’t verify anything, we would tend to find this story quite plausible, especially since there is a lot of evidence to corroborate the case. The informant Purpletoaster20 reports on Reddit that he will give more information on the subject in a video of about thirty minutes that he will post a little later. For the moment, you can find a lot of pictures and documents on his original post, as well as several other anecdotes.