While it has been announced that Nintendo Switch gamers will not be playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on the hybrid console– at least not when the game launches on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC this fall– rumors are swirling that Switch players may be getting their chance at playing Activision’s annual shooter in some form. Gaming Intel report that a Call of Duty Battle Royale is on the way to the Switch. The report states that the game would be available as part of a bundle with Black Ops 4 on the other platforms, and that the Switch version would just be the Battle Royale mode.
This is a particularly exciting concept for me, because while both Fortnite and PUBG are available on mobile platforms right now, the control schemes formatted to smartphones are unmanageable in a way that removes the fun. Being able to have a portable version of a battle royale game that will play as if I was on my couch with an Xbox controller in my hand is becoming increasingly enticing and intriguing as I am typing this sentence– oh, and it’s set within the Call of Duty universe.
It seemed like only a matter of time before Activision decided to get in on the battle royale hype, and Call of Duty seems to be the almost perfect franchise to adapt this game format. However, it is disappointing to hear that– if all the rumors are true– this mode will in turn be taking the place of the single player campaign. While I’m sure fans have been clamoring for another multiplayer option, it seems like a poor decision to remove any trace of a campaign.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will have a community reveal event on May 17 as well as more details during E3 in June, with a global launch date slated for October 12. For all things Call of Duty be sure to keep it locked on Pass The Controller.