A new rumor has popped up indicating that this year’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” will NOT include a traditional single-player story mode, the first mainline game in the series to ship without a campaign.

Polygon reported the story and when reached for comment, an Activision spokesperson told them: “We don’t comment on rumor and speculation. We look forward to revealing Black Ops 4 on May 17th.”

Sources for the site say as the release date approached, it was evident the single-player campaign wouldn’t be completed and so Treyarch has refocused development on expanding multiplayer and the series’ popular Zombies mode.

There will also be an emphasis on co-op as a potential stand-in for the typical single-player campaign experience. The game series initially built acclaim around its single-player campaigns but those have gotten shorter and shorter as the series became increasingly synonymous with multiplayer.

Activision is expected to ship a remaster of “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” this year as well, and that will focus on the single-player campaign as it will be shipping without the original game’s multiplayer component.

“Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” is scheduled for release on October 12th on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

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