With the next COD game confirmed to be Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, the next question left to ruminate over is what developers Treyarch will have in store for us with their fifth instalment of the popular zombies mode.
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What kind of COD zombies can we expect to be mowing down with Pack-a-Punched MGs? Will we see the return of any familiar faces, such as Richtofen or "Tank" Dempsey? And what new and returning gameplay features will make up Black Ops 4 zombies? We’ll attempt to answer as much of that as possible, as well as run through our dream wishlist of features, gameplay tweaks, and upcoming DLC we’d like to see.
With Black Ops 3 taking the zombies mode to absurd new places, such as fighting dragons in the ruins of Stalingrad, anything could be on the table for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 zombies. So, to keep things simple, here’s what we know about the undead horde mode.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 zombies confirmed
Zombies have been a major part of the Call of Duty series since they were introduced to World at War by developers Treyarch, but their inclusion in Black Ops 4 has only recently been confirmed.
A teaser from Treyarch’s official Twitter account with an image of a decaying person, a bunch of symbols, and the hashtag #Zombies set the COD community on a hunt for answers. It didn’t take long for fans to suss out that the signs are alchemist symbols from a book that was written in the 17th Century. One of the earliest and boldest aims of alchemists was to create an elixir of immortality, which ties in neatly to zombies.
Further investigation revealed a link between the main zombies antagonist from Black Ops 3, Apothicon, and the symbol on mask in the teaser image. Meanwhile, some fans have drawn links between the decayed flesh of the character, the metal mask, and the real-life Baldwin IV of Jerusalem, who was also known as The Leper King - this theory is bolstered by the fact that COD Zombies has dabbled with the Crusades before with Black Ops 3’s Revelations DLC map. We’ll have to wait for the community reveal event to see where the upcoming zombies storyline is set.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 zombies wishlist
After 24 COD zombies maps the mode has naturally transformed a huge amount with new mechanics, larger areas, and an increased emphasis on hunting for hidden secrets. Somewhere along the way COD zombies got cutscenes, endings, and secret snippets of story, rather than a simple horde survival mode where players strive to beat their previous max wave count.
We still love the stories and evolution of Call of Duty zombies, but we would love to see a return to the simple, stripped-back design of maps like Shi No Numa and Kino der Toten, if only for a single map. Beating your highest rank, developing new team strategies, and mastering every route and rotation through the map gave zombies mode an element of replayability that has been missing for some time.
Black Ops 3 added the ability to put your Pack-a-Punched weapons back through the machine to get additional buffs in the form of modules like Blast Furnace that sets zombies alight. COD: WW2 did away with this, setting off a still unsolved easter egg hunt to unlock the supposed full suite of Pack-a-Punch features.
For Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 zombies, however, we want multiple Pack-a-Punches back - and instead of modules, we want new, weirder versions with each submission. Remember putting the Colt M1911 through and getting Mustang and Sally, the akimbo pistols that actually fired rifle grenades? How about putting those back through the machine and getting a single colt that is slow firing but can insta-gib any enemy. Then that weapon variant could be put back through the Pack-a-Punch machine to get something even more ridiculous. Finding new weapon variants in COD Zombies has always been a joy, and part of that joy is risking your good weapon for one that is virtually useless.
Solo easter eggs
Easter eggs in COD Zombies have ballooned from throwaway references to full-blown storylines and even a means of escaping the map, but they are often designed for full squads who are talking to each other. A lot of players do not have that luxury, but still want to explore every nook and cranny of each new map, so let them by adding more easter eggs that were made with solo players in mind.
More map remasters
People love a spot of nostalgia. A second collection of the best COD zombies maps, visually overhauled and outfitted with a few gameplay tweaks, would also be a great way to bulk out the selection of zombie maps available at launch. Reworks of TranZit, Call of the Dead, Five, Mob of the Dead, Nuketown Zombies, and Die Rise would be our top picks. Judging by the very positive Steam store ratings for Black Ops 3 DLC Zombies Chronicles, which remastered a few of the oldest maps in the game, more map remasters would not go amiss.
Bad Mystery Box guns
Recent COD zombies maps have been a little too generous with the weapons you can find in the Mystery Box: there are very few bad outcomes. That makes rolling the dice a risk-free endeavour, even if there is still some RNG when it comes to acquiring the best Mystery Box weapons. Most players resort to the Mystery Box when they have run out of ammo and are still kiting zombies, so stuffing a few more dud weapons like the L96A1 and Ballistic knife from Black Ops would make for great entertainment - weapons so bad that not even putting them through the Pack-a-Punch machine will make them usable.
That is our Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 zombies wishlist, but what about your hopes for the next horde mode? Let us know in the comments section below.