Last night, Treyarch shared when one of the most anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII Multiplayer features will begin.
According to a lengthy Reddit post, League Play is set to commence at the end of January, as part of the new World League Hub (this is subject to change based on development, though).
Announced in September, this new in-game hub will be the home of all things CoD Esports, supposedly making Black Ops IIII the "deepest and most competitive game to date". All BLOPS IIII players are invited "to the World League Hub to play like the pros in Treyarch's Pro Series competitive playlist format, watch Call of Duty World League streamed events, and learn about the latest happenings in the CWL."
CWL kicks off later this month. Credit: Treyarch
The post also explains that League Play will operate differently in Black Ops IIII than previous Call of Duty titles. For starters, it's designed to emulate a pro schedule, meaning events will be intense and frequent, but shorter in duration. They'll also run over whole weekends or select three-day periods, rather than users choosing when to play matches.
In between those events, players can practise their skills in the unranked playlist Scrims, that utilises CWL rules and gameplay. And Scrims, as well as standard League Play, will use skill-based matchmaking.
League ladders will boast 50-player groupings, and Treyarch promises to deliver more details regarding the game's ranking system closer to when the mode launches. Once League Play is rolled out, World League Hub will introduce a whole list of new features, such as Teams and Clans, for "competitive-focused players".
League Play aside, Treyarch's update also noted how Mastery Camos (Gold, Diamond, and Dark Matter) from Multiplayer can now be transferred to Zombies and Blackout, following player requests. There's "a feature incoming that will support equipping these camos in all modes while preserving what those camos represent."
From next week, Gauntlets will launch first in Zombie's Voyage of Despair, and there's also the inclusion of "three new Elixirs on PS4, plus new balancing changes to existing Elixirs!" Treyarch has prepared a "Zombies-specific date" for next week, too, which should explain what devs and Zombies have to offer in 2019.
Finally, Blackout looting has been improved. The battle royale mode will boast an easier-to-navigate interface, allowing console players to scroll faster through a multi-row grid. Gotta get those wins quicker.
What do you think about this news? Are you looking forward to League Play? Are you disappointed with its new schedule? What's your favourite Black Ops IIII mode? Let us know.