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Was It Smart For Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 To Drop Single Player? - Steam Punks

Ed and Jess discuss how two game franchise giants, Call of Duty and Fallout, have changed to multiplayer only offerings this year and if that's good or bad.

On this week's Steam Punks, Jess and Ed tackle Activision's controversial decision to remove the single player campaign from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. We discuss whether Call of Duty needs a single player campaign, or if the game is just as valuable for fans without it. This time around Treyarch have made a number of changes including the addition of Blackout, a new battle royale mode. We speculate as to whether resources may have been reallocated away from the single player campaign to support this mode, which would mean that Blackout needs to excel so as to not disappoint gamers. Ed suggests that perhaps the new focus on multiplayer is reflective of the way the gaming player base and industry is moving as a whole.

Jess and Ed go on to discuss how Fallout 76 will not be playable offline or without sharing your server with other people, even if you aren't playing together. This is a particularly interesting move from Bethesda who recently launched a campaign surrounding their support of single player gaming experiences. This episode also explores how multiplayer games require player bases to support them, and subsequently can't necessarily be picked up again a decade later like single player games.

Let us know how you feel about Call of Duty and Fallout opting for multiplayer experiences, and check out Jess and Ed's responses to your comments from last week's episode on whether the episodic format helps or hurts video games.

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Kinda, but that's only because the singleplayer mode for call of duty games is mostly garbage anyway. And way too short...

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The issue with most of the recent COD campaigns were that they were too short, because the developers were already moving towards multiplayer only. They were also limited in scope, with linear stories and limited collectibles. I still don't think the solution to the single player issues was to remove the mode completely.

I will always be swayed by a game with a decent length campaign, even if the multiplayer is still good (which is debatable in the case of COD's quickdraw gunplay, which has more to do with internet quality than skill).

It seems to be extremely easy to develop the regular multiplayer mode of the game when it has already been done in previous COD. I expect much of the code is retained, and it's just designing some new environments.

In this case, I won't be buying it, but I haven't bought a COD for years because of the campaigns becoming so short and multiplayer becoming boring. The lack of a campaign just makes my decision easier.

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It really is the Fortnite effect on the industry. Devs are figuring out it's easier to milk more $$$ from gamers with this type of platform.

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Personally for me, I won't be buying this if it only offers multiplayer. I liked the past games because single player could be for those that like it plus a form of training for those that will later play the multiplayer. At least there was something for everyone. But I guess no more... too bad.

I wonder is the cost saving for cutting single player worth that much to them? Or were they able with the resource to do that much more for multiplayer?

Oh well, I'll enjoy reading your review of the game and seeing how well it's received. I'll play something else.

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messica jessica

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At 03:50 Edmond says "All of the biggest PC games are multiplayer only. You got your DOTA's, your LOL's, your Battles Royales."

But Minecraft, the Assassin's Creed Series, Civilization series, Dark Souls series and The Witcher series are all focused around single player. (The Witcher 3 was the best game I played since FF:VII back in 1997). Plus looking at Steam top 10 sellers as of now, 8 of them have a dedicated single player mode.

For me personally the only multiplayer games I played are Destiny 2 and the Diablo series, where there is co-operative multiplayer. I will never play the DOTA or LOL games. I don't like MOBA's and I hear the communities are very toxic..

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Three trollbots? Seriously?

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Definitely not buying this.

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I was watching something about this, saying they might be copying PUBG and Fortnite.

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Single player campaigns were the only reason I kept up with the series. I guess dropping it would save dev a lot on resources etc

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CoD has been terrible for a long time now, I would even go as far as to say that the first game was overrated when a much better WW2 shooter such as Hidden and Dangerous 2 was overlooked and that was released before CoD1. The only CoD game which I even remotely liked was Finest Hour.

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I have purchased every COD game except this newest one. I play the campaign, and enjoy it. I would play the online modes if I could play against bots and not human players. This is the first COD game that I am not purchasing. I am disappointed that the franchise has abandoned the single player campaign. I hope that some company will develop FPS war games in the single player.

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I mostly play multiplayer in COD games so the lack of a single player campaign does not matter to me.

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