Footage from the cancelled campaign of 2018’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has been leaked online.
The footage was posted by Reddit user /u/ForoeverDexus on Sunday. The clip is allegedly from an early campaign mission that sends the player on an operation to “Find the Aquilus CEO,” in the footage we see the player on a journey fighting through a monastery and a seafood restaurant.
A lot of the models are clearly unfinished and lacking textures, but the core structure of the mission is very much present. The action takes place on what appears to be a stage modelled after the Black Ops 4 multiplayer map Seaside.
Kotaku reported back in 2018 that Black Ops 4 did originally have a campaign mode but it was scrapped two years into the development of the game (how it took two years to develop this lacklustre project is a mystery in itself)
Kotaku said the campaign took different forms during the development of the game, one of which being a two-versus-two multiplayer mechanic. It’s unclear what exactly this would have looked like but it sounds like a terrible idea.
After this idea was scrapped they opted for a more “traditional single-player story” which is what footage seems to show. But clearly, this too was eventually cut only leaving behind Call of Duty’s first Battle Royale mode, Blackout and of course Zombies mode and the regular online multiplayer mode.
Call of Duty Black Ops 4 was missing a lot more than a single-player campaign. The franchise had been suffering an identity crisis for some time. And this was abundantly clear. The only things Black Ops 4 really had going for it was the zombie mode and even that didn’t have a patch on the Zombies modes before it.
It was a slight improvement on the terrible slew of games that started with Call of Duty: Ghosts and piqued with infinite warfare. Call of Duty: WWII tried it’s best to emulate Call of Duty: World at War but fell very short.
Until last year when Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was released, it seemed like the franchise was at the end of its days. Luckily, Infinity Ward managed to bring COD to its former glory with one of the best games in the franchise. Of course, the game wasn’t without its faults but it was still amazing.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was a soft reboot of 2007’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and if the reports are true then the next Call of Duty will do the same for the Black Ops series with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.