Treyarch has revealed key details regarding competitive play within Black Ops 4 via its website, including some new features available when the game is released next month.
One of those additions is the World League Hub, an in-game space for everything competitive or esports-related. In the Hub, players can play in the Pro Series, a CWL playlist, watch CWL events, and catch up on CoD esports news.
League Play will be making its highly-anticipated return, too. But Treyarch is changing the feature up a little bit with the introduction of three-day League Play events. The events will occur on a weekly or biweekly basis. In these events, players will be assigned to a specific ladder and tasked with earning BO4 Ladder Points—these can be earned through wins, but they are deducted for losses. The player or team with the most Ladder Points at the conclusion of the three days will be crowned the champion.
There will also be Gauntlet events, which will be a new take on competitive games. While also being time-limited events, players will try to complete the Gauntlet by reaching a certain wins goal before hitting the maximum allowed losses. Completing a Gauntlet will not only give players the pride of doing so, it will “grant players special in-game rewards to showcase their victory,” according to Treyarch.
Competitive teams can be created and managed through the Clans feature in Black Ops 4. With the team size limit set at seven players, teams will be able to move around their lineup as they see fit. A hundred players can join a single clan, and those players can join up to three teams. Teams have a name, emblem, and their own home page in the Clan Headquarters.
While the feature seems to be geared toward the competitive scene, Treyarch will make it available to use in multiplayer, Zombies, and Blackout.
Earlier today, the Call of Duty World League laid out its plans for competitive play in the 2018-2019 season. The event spotlighted a new five-vs-five format and $6 million prize pool, among other topics.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is set to be released on Oct. 12.