Call of Duty 2019 will see the return of a single-player campaign

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
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Activision shook up the Call of Duty franchise last year when it decided not to include a single-player campaign in Black Ops 4. Critics questioned the strategy but in the end, gamers didn’t seem to mind as Black Ops 4 finished 2018 as the year’s best-selling game.

Nevertheless, Activision will be returning to its roots with the game’s next installment.

Activision Blizzard publishing president Rob Kostich said during a recent earnings call that the next Call of Duty will “feature an entirely new campaign, a huge and expansive multiplayer world and of course, some fun co-op gameplay.”

Kostich added that the game would be a “great step forward in the franchise” but didn’t elaborate beyond this, according to ComicBook who attended the conference call.

Interestingly enough, Blizzard CFO Dennis Durkin reined in expectations. “We have high expectations for the game, but for modeling purposes we are conservatively planning on up-front Q4 unit sales to be lower than Black Ops 4,” he said.

Activision Blizzard revealed in the same conference call that it was slashing around eight percent of its workforce, or roughly 775 employees, despite achieving record results in 2018.

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Nero7

TS Evangelist
Its not like Treyarch was ever particularly good at making a SP campaigns. I am definitely looking forward to the ones from Infinity Ward, apart from Ghost which was just mediocre their campaigns are my favorite.

Infinite Warfare 2 please. Was worth getting for the campaign alone.
 

erickmendes

TS Evangelist
I will never buy a Call of Duty again... It's like Amazon Prime, you need to buy that sh*t every year, or you will be left in a multiplayer with no servers to play/nobody playing. I loved Modern Warfare 2, after a year, it went foobar, the servers that was still online became wastelands with no life and they even reduced the maximum number of players to 8 (it was 16 when it was launched). My money never more.
 

kevbev89

TS Maniac
Did anyone actually miss the singleplayer? (Not that I actually got Black Ops 4)
I personally did.
I still remember one of the most memorable gaming moments for me was the entire Modern Warfare 1 and 2 campaign. It was the start of movie-fying games, which in my opinion was great (barring from the fact they overdid it in their following sequels).
 
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m4a4

TS Evangelist
If they were to also make a decent campaign (something good and long enough for me), then I might start to consider getting a CoD game again.
 

texasrattler

TS Evangelist
Like anyone actually cares. They game still sold well, so well they even laid off people. So no, no one cared if they have SP.
All the kids with Dads credit card sure didn't.
 

Hexic

TS Evangelist
Did anyone actually miss the singleplayer? (Not that I actually got Black Ops 4)
I personally did.
I still remember one of the most memorable gaming moments for me was the entire Modern Warfare 1 and 2 campaign. It was the start of movie-fying games, which in my opinion was great (barring from the fact they overdid it in their following sequels).
Agreed. The MW 1/2/3 campaign was seriously one of the best I've played. Very deep and involved storyline. Anyone can make half of a game with only multiplayer and be lazy - that's easy.

Additionally providing a single player campaign with a complex storyline that's very enjoyable, takes significantly more skill than throwing some generic shooter mechanics into a Battle Royale map and hosting the servers. I think this concept is being lost on the younger generations these days at times.