Black Ops 4 Part 2
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Black Ops 4 vs Twitch Part II: CoD Going Class-Based Shooter

In part 1, we talked about the overview of Call of Duty and its success in the market as well as the game struggling to get to the top spot of most watched games on Twitch. On May 17, 2018, Activision finally announced the release of Call of Duty Black Ops 4. However, the game is obviously unrelated to the previous Black Ops trilogy, especially after the sudden straying of the 3rd game from the story of the Mason generation of Black Ops 1 and 2. This time around, there will be no story at all—everything will just be about multiplayer and there is a reason why this topic is a quadrilogy: there are so many things to discuss per segment of their multiplayer modes and how this could influence Twitch streamers along with their followers.

If you haven’t watched the multiplayer trailer yet, here is the full video:

Call of Duty may have shed away the campaign mode but will their multiplayer modes make up for the loss? Let us dive into their very first in the newest game: a new face in Call of Duty multiplayer.

And that face has been replanted from a trademark multiplayer shooter in which they have been known for years to an obvious inspiration from class-based shooters.

Yes, this time around, Black Ops 4 will leave out the full customization of perks, killstreaks, and weapons into a more compact hero/specialist-based multiplayer.

We already saw this coming from Blizzard after their release of the highly-successful Overwatch that was certainly inspired from Team Fortress. They weren’t the first in such genre but it was definitely the best-selling title, outselling Team Fortress itself along with other class-based shooters such as Rainbow Six: Siege, LawBreakers, Battleborn, and Paladins: Realm of Champions.

But now, in a very unusual pattern, Call of Duty itself is copying from other games. During the decade of the 2000s, CoD was the game that other dev teams look forward to finding inspiration and innovation. Right now, in this present year, it seems like Activision is more about imitation than innovation. After all, the motto of their multiplayer trailer was “Forget what you know.” Ironically, it felt like they just slapped every CoD fan by sugarcoating their sleazy cash grabbing methods by saying they’re “taking a new direction for Call of Duty.” Activision may have said this like it is a good thing, but if we are referring to which direction they’re taking, it’s obvious that they are riding through the lucrative video game trends and left “innovation” out the door ever since they stopped trying in 2015.

Call of Duty games have been known for years for their remarkable multiplayer…at least back in 2007 to 2012. Jump on the years later starting from 2013 and the multiplayer just became really stale at that point. This practically even led viewers in Twitch to look elsewhere, along with the streamers who just don’t find joy in the recent Call of Duty titles starting from CoD Ghosts.

But now, Call of Duty itself has become a carbon copy from other class-based shooter games. The only selling point Activision has on this is by slapping the big “Call of Duty” name up front and you have gullible players flocking into buying like a nerd who would chase a picture of nice tits hooked by a fishing rod at the back of a moving pick-up truck.

Not just one carbon copy, but two, actually: the class-based shooter and the battle royale mode. Oh wait, did I say battle royale? I meant “Blackout.” At least that’s what they refer to.

We’ve seen the success of class-based shooters on Twitch with decent viewership coming from Overwatch and Rainbow Six: Siege due to their fast combat and tactical usage of each class. I’m pretty sure Activision was aware of the influence brought in by Twitch streamers whenever they play these two certain games, along with the constant rise of Paladins, now that it has gotten its full release.

Now that they’re stepping in this direction, they quite honestly might have a chance on winning high numbers of viewers if there is a streamer influential enough who will dedicate himself/herself broadcasting the multiplayer. If Treyarch, the dev team to Black Ops 4, manages to pull off a gameplay that will actually defeat Overwatch and Rainbow Six: Siege and even Team Fortress 2, then streamers from those specific games may have a chance on putting the CoD title as one of the top games on Twitch. Nevertheless, Twitch audiences are always skeptical when it comes to Call of Duty, hence why the game does not have a lot of viewers on the website.

Will Black Ops 4 be able to swoon streamers into passionately play their game for so many months? We will get to know once it is released this October.