The first details about the single-player campaign of Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Gulf War leak online, evoking mixed reactions from fans.

The first details about the single-player campaign of Treyarch's next Call of Duty game, rumored to be subtitled Black Ops Gulf War, have emerged online. The main takeaway from the leak is that the 2024 Call of Duty game will supposedly fully embrace the open-world missions from Modern Warfare 3.

While multiple insiders initially reported that Treyarch's next shooter was slated to release in 2023, Activision is understood to have eventually pushed it back to 2024, switching its place in the series' annual lineup with Modern Warfare 3. As a result, the upcoming FPS is believed to be the first-ever installment in the long-running franchise with a four-year development cycle. A November 2023 leak alleged that the game would be called Call of Duty: Black Ops Gulf War, thus also pointing to its apparent early '90s setting.

Black Ops Gulf War May Mark Call of Duty's Second Attempt at Open-World Story Mode

Insider Gaming now reports that the 2024 Call of Duty will feature an open-world single-player campaign, citing sources familiar with the matter. The story mode is allegedly being handled by Raven Software, while Treyarch is in charge of its multiplayer features, as per the same source. That claim tracks with the fact that Raven Software has yet to get a shot at a standalone Call of Duty game, but has assisted in the development of 14 series entries—including all five existing Black Ops titles—since 2010.

The Modern Warfare 3 campaign has already experimented with open-world levels, but that move received a largely negative response from the fans and critics alike. Many players have argued that its so-called Combat Missions are essentially Warzone matches with AI opponents, while others labeled the campaign as the series' single-player low point. Although Black Ops Gulf War is said to continue with the open-world story missions, Insider Gaming's sources claim its campaign was built from the ground up instead of recycling content this time around.

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