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'Black Ops 4' Likely To Be Next 'Call Of Duty' Installment

'Black Ops 4' Likely To Be Next 'Call Of Duty' Installment

If you're a fan of first person shooters, the chances are you're already familiar with Call of Duty. The ultra-violent franchise has had a whole heap of best-selling games across a load of story arcs such as Modern Warfare, Black Ops, Ghosts, etc.

Every time a new one is about to come out, there's usually a load of speculation about which particular franchise arm it is going to come under, and it looks like 2018's installment is going to be Black Ops 4.

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Credit: Activision
Credit: Activision

People are starting to think this after listings from popular gaming website GameSpot were leaked by a tipster to Charlie Intel - a site that describes itself as "the leading source for Call of Duty news, leaks, images, videos and more."

The listings appear to be from GameStop's internal database for merchandise, listing items such as lanyards and T-shirts for Black Ops 4.

Credit: GameStop
Credit: GameStop

While Activision (who publishes the games) has made no official announcement, this seems like it might be too coincidental not to be true.

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To be fair, the rumours have been swirling about this for a while. Last month 'industry insider' Marcus Sellars tweeted: "COD 2018 is Black Ops 4 and is coming to PS4/Xbox/PC/Switch. It is set in the modern times and is boots on the ground.

"The Switch version will support DLC, HD Rumble and motion controls. The Switch version is also being ported by a company which is familiar with COD games."

This suggests that some of the more futuristic elements that have become a hallmark of recent Black Ops games will be dialled back a bit in favour of more traditional weapons. This makes a bit of sense given the success of last year's Call of Duty: World War II which was the best-selling game of 2017 in the USA.

Another slightly more bizarre rumour adding fuel to the BO4 fire is that an NBA star has been spotted wearing a hat that might or might not be the game's logo.

Now - bear with me on this - James Harden, a basketballer for the Houston Rockets was spotted wearing a cap adorned with a symbol that looked suspiciously like the Black Ops 3 logo.

James Harden. Credit: NBA on ESPN/Twitter
James Harden. Credit: NBA on ESPN/Twitter

That wouldn't make sense, of course, because the Roman numeral for 4 is IV rather than IIII. it certainly looks like the third Black Ops game's logo, though.

Black Ops 3 logo: Credit: Activision
Black Ops 3 logo: Credit: Activision

Let's not forget, though - the last game COD: WWII leaked in a similar way last year ahead of the official announcement in April. Oh well, Call of Duty Black Ops IIII it is then.

Featured Image Credit: Activision

Topics: Black Ops 4, Call of Duty

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

 

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