Activision didn't stop with mere hardware support for the next entry in the Black Ops series, though.
But today's gameplay reveal confirmed some rumored good news.
Battle royale has been popularised in recent months by the likes of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite, and makes its Call of Duty debut in the shape of Blackout. The news came in as the kicker at the end of the event's keynote presentation.
Black Ops 4 will also be the first entry to be released on Blizzard's Battlenet platform. A subtle adjustment in gameplay is how your gun is now nearly always up, which means you're primed to fire from nearly any position, like when you're using a grappling hook to zip from one place to another. But it's unknown just how deep the weapon well will go. In Blackout will be available for characters and weapons from both normal multiplayer and zombies mod. Speaking of personality, the "specialists" who gained fame from the previous installment have now been fashionably re-styled, with each one featuring personalized weaponry (grappling hook, hammer, insta-kill revolver, etc.).
At the reveal event, Treyarch showed off three separate Zombies experiences, including one aboard the Titanic and one taking place in a medieval Roman coliseum. The weapon adjustments should allow for players using a keyboard and mouse to get back on target more easily, something that can be hard due to a lack of aim-assist on the platform. Biggest of all, the game does not feature regenerating health in hopes that the player will think more tactically in regards to combat encounters and spatial awareness with the map, and the science-fiction elements have been toned down in comparison to the last Black Ops title.
The Zombies mode is getting a complete overhaul, featuring a brand-new world, characters and storyline. Players will be powerful alone, but devastating as a team working together. Players can also make the zombie experience their own via the mutation system.
Fans of the Call of Duty franchise have been asking for a new Black Ops game for many years now and luckily, the game has finally arrived!
The game, which will be released in October, will also include an online multiplayer mode and a new instalment of the popular Zombies gameplay.
You read that right - this one's all about the multiplayer. I'm sure Activision has been planning this for some time, with the success of games like OverWatch.
"It got everyone's gears started", Bunting said. Treyarch and Amazon are underestimating just how important single-player campaigns are to gamers. Do you like the idea of battle royale in games like COD or BF? The Pick 10 system is back and so are perks, so you can expect a classic Black Ops gaming feel. WWII and Wolfenstein II were two of the best campaigns we've played in a very long time, and EA listened to fans and added an excellent campaign to Battlefront 2 after the backlash it received for not including one in the first game.