In a blog post published on Wednesday, September 19th, Treyarch, the developer of the Black Ops series of Call of Duty titles, has made a promise to the community to provide constant support and content updates for Black Ops 4 for “the long haul.”
According to the development team, BO4 will be receiving a lot of developer support for multiplayer, zombies, and, of course, the Blackout game mode. The team stated that they were attempting to drop the hint of what’s to come with frequent updates throughout the beta sessions and are wanting to have more open dialogue with players to deliver a superb experience throughout the lifespan of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
So, what all does this mean? Well, aside from the standard patches and hotfixes that address general gameplay stability, weapon balancing, and other generic updates, Treyarch also plans to provide a plethora of free content updates including new maps, additional specialist characters, new expansions and modes for Blackout, and even seasonal and limited-time events.
This goes well beyond what we’ve seen from Treyarch in the past.
Why are they focusing so much effort into this new installment of the Black Ops series? We believe it’s a combination of discussions with the community and, of course, having to compete directly with titles such as Fortnite and PUBG which are constantly being updated with new content to keep players interested and coming back to play day after day, month after month.
Treyarch knows that despite Call of Duty’s long-standing reign as king of FPS titles that it’s going to be fighting an uphill battle to keep players on Black Ops 4 long-term and away from the widely popular battle royale games currently dominating the playing space.
In order to compete, Treyarch is going to have to provide a rich, ever-changing, exciting experience for players across all BO4 game modes.
While some highly dedicated CoD fans are likely to stick to Black Ops 4 for years to come, interest from casual players does tend to fade after a few months to a year. The developers are going to have to come through on their promises to keep BO4 alive and well for the long-haul and to hold player interest to not lose them to the competition.
The blog post Treyarch published Wednesday does, however, give us great hope that this already solid addition to the Call of Duty series may possibly end up as one of the best-selling and longest-running titles the franchise has ever seen.