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Now that Black Ops 3 has been out for a few days, it’s fair to say we’re all kinda bored and ready for Black Ops 4. As of yet we only know a few things for certain about Black Ops 4, one is that it should be released November 2018. We can safely assume this as the Call of Duty development cycle is, as of right now, set for a yearly rotating release between 3 different companies. Next Activision will release a sequel to Ghosts in 2016, then Sledgehammer releases Advanced Warfare 2 in 2017. However the specificities of such a game are few but here’s everything we know so far:

Firstly, that it is in fact a possibility. Despite Call of Duty generally working in trilogies (like with the Modern warfare series) Black Ops 3 was successful by many metrics, and has shown the Black Ops series to be perhaps more important than the Call of Duty series as a whole.

Second of all, it will be developed by Treyarch. Treyarch have shown themselves to be the most respected of the Call of Duty studios, and for the reasons that makes the series so successful right now, it is very unlikely we’ll see the game differ from that standard.

Thirdly, it may be a movie or follow on from a movie. Activision have expressed intent of using the Call of Duty series for a movie or TV show, even creating a studio just for this very job, and given the success and length of the Black Ops series, it is likely this universe will be the one which see’s the jump to other media first.

Finally, we know it will include zombies. Zombies has been the most successful element of every Treyarch game, and a section of their studio is dedicated to making this section of each of the games so far. A standalone zombies experience is not out of the question, but Black Ops 4 will not be Black Ops 4 without zombies

So, Black Ops 4 is still a while away, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be excited!