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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Replaces Single-Player Campaign With “Specialists” Missions

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Following Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 multiplayer-focused marketing campaign, developer Treyarch has revealed its plans for the project’s single-player campaign.

Rather than featuring a traditional campaign, Treyarch is looking to expand the “multiplayer universe” through solo missions, implying that the title’s single-player experience will merely be an extension to the game’s online components.

The primary purpose of single-player missions seems to be to teach players tactics with different characters known as “Specialists,” which are part of the game’s online mode. Some story components will be included, wherein players will learn about specialist’s backstories, with these vignettes taking place between the events of Black Ops 2 and 3.

In a statement referencing the title’s attitude to single-player, Treyarch co-studio head Dan Bunting stated: “These missions will be fun and fast-paced trials that give a hands-on introduction for these new and returning Specialists.” Since the initial unveiling, Bunting spoke to Eurogamer, wherein he described how this new approach will lend multiplayer backstory and worldbuilding with the aim of “giving players a sense of connectedness to the world they’re engaging in.”

The quintessential ‘Zombies’ mode will also be available for solo play with AI teammates, with some loose lore and narrative threaded into the maps.

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Pokémon Developer Game Freak Emphasizes Original Game Creation

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Game Freak, best known for the Pokémon franchise, is starting to emphasize and prioritize original game creation.

In an interview with Video Game Chronicle, Masayuki Onoue, a director at Game Freak, says that the company has launched Gear Project, an initiative in which developers pitch ideas during slower periods between big releases to create more original games other than just Pokémon.

Onoue also spoke about Production Team 1 and Team 2 at Game Freak, the first prioritizing Gear Project for the company as a whole and the second focusing on Pokemon. He noted that Gear Project allows the developers to gain more experience working on different platforms such as PlayStation, Xbox, and PC, as well as transferring new skills and techniques they learned back to the Pokémon team.

Some of the games that Game Freak has released so far through Gear Project are HarmoKnight, Pocket Card Jockey, Tembo the Badass Elephant, and Giga Wrecker. Game Freak is also developing Town, an RPG game that was shown off in a Nintendo Direct back in September 2018 and is due out this year.

Additionally, Game Freak is working on Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, the latest entries in Nintendo’s flagship franchise. Both of those are set to release later this year.

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