PC players should be used to lackluster ports of big, triple-A releases, but Treyarch is looking to change that with their PC version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which will be receiving a version built from the ground up specifically for PC.
Activision made the announcement today during their Community Reveal event, which also showed off the game’s Multiplayer and Zombies modes. The PC version of the game is set to support an uncapped frame rate, 4K and HDR displays, and a wide variety of monitor compatibility.
In addition to this, the PC version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will receive its own dedicated servers, which should help reduce lag and create an all-around more enjoyable experience for players on the platform. Activision also stated that the game has been tested on a wide variety of hardware, meaning gamers shouldn’t face any weird glitches or incompatibility due to the hardware in their build.
Activision didn’t stop with mere hardware support for the next entry in the Black Ops series, though. There will also be some interesting tweaks to the game itself, including a complete redesign of the UI flow and adjustments to how weapons react. The weapon adjustments should allow for players using a keyboard and mouse to get back on target more easily, something that can be difficult due to a lack of aim-assist on the platform.
PC has been the least popular way to enjoy Call of Duty for quite some time, consistently suffering from a low player count that made it harder to find matches. With any luck, increased support for the platform will give more people a reason to pick up the game on PC.
Black Ops 4 will also be the first entry to be released on Blizzard’s Battlenet platform. It will also feature full integration with all of Battlenet’s social features, allowing players to communicate across games such as Overwatch and World of Warcraft. Black Ops 4 isn’t the first Activision-published game to make its way to Battlenet, with that title going to Destiny 2, but it’s still somewhat of a big deal as it proves Activision will most likely release it’s future PC games on the application.
Today was a big day for Activision and the Call of Duty franchise as a whole. The reveal confirmed many rumors about Black Ops 4, like the lack of a traditional campaign and the addition of a Battle Royale mode. The reveal is surely a sign of the times and raises some interesting questions about the future of the franchise.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is slated to release on October 12, 2018, for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.