- Aug 25, 2020
Footage of the reportedly cancelled campaign for 2018's Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has seemingly surfaced online. The footage was posted to Reddit by user /u/ForeverDexus on Sunday. The clip features an alleged early campaign mission where the player is given the task "Find the Aquilus CEO," and fights through a monastery and a seafood restaurant. A lot of the models are unfinished, but the core structure of the mission remains, and appears to be modelled on the Black Ops 4 multiplayer map Seaside. In a Kotaku report from 2018, it was said that Black Ops 4 supposedly had a campaign mode at one point, which was scrapped two years into development. It's not clear what iteration of the game's alleged campaign mode this footage pertains to, but Kotaku's report states that it took multiple forms over the course of the game's development. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/05/20/reports-call-of-duty-2020-is-called-black-ops-cold-war-ign-news"] At one point the campaign mode is said to have incorporated an "ambitious two-versus-two multiplayer mechanic," before it was scrapped. The team allegedly then pivoted to a more "traditional single-player story" (which may well be what the footage shows), but this was also cut and replaced with the series' first Battle Royale mode, Blackout. We didn't think Black Ops 4 suffered too much for dropping a traditional single-player element, saying it would be "disappointing to some" but that it "gets along just fine without it" in our 8.5/10 review. In other Black Ops news, check out this recent report which suggests that 2020's Call of Duty will be titled Black Ops Cold War. IGN has reached out to Activision for comment. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.