CORRECTION: After crosschecking this with our other sources, we have been advised that the leaked images in this article were from an untrustworthy source. This doesn’t mean to say Black Ops 4 won’t be a Battle Net exclusive, as information received back in March suggests it still will be.
Gaming INTEL has received exclusive Call of Duty Black Ops 4 information and images from a source which has asked to stay anonymous, revealing that Black Ops 4 will, in fact, be a Battle.net exclusive on PC.
The above image clearly shows the Black Ops 4 logo underneath the Destiny 2 logo on the Battle.net launcher, a launcher used to distribute and open games from both Activision and Blizzard.
The second image sent by our exclusive source shows the Battle.net shop page, now with the added inclusion of Black Ops 4 right next to the Destiny 2 icon. Of course, right in the middle of the store page, is a pre-purchase instruction which matches up with the font and style that Battle.Net uses for its other products.
The source went on to say that this Battle.Net build was currently in use by a number of people on the QA team, using an internal LAN version of Battle.net. The QA testers in charge of rooting out the bugs of Black Ops 4 on PC are a dedicated team, as they want to focus on PC a great deal this year.
According to the source, this added focus on PC is to create the best PC port of a Call of Duty title since Black Ops 2 so that people won’t be as angry about the switch from the popular Steam distribution service to Battle.net.
The source continued, claiming that Activision is pushing for Battle.net to be an all Activision platform where all their future flagship titles will be distributed from on PC. This would reduce reliance on third-party distributors such as steam and cut down on the costs associated with using those services.
The push for a separate platform is also, according to this source, to directly respond to pressures placed onto Activision by the rising Battle Royale juggernaut, Fortnite. From what this source has heard, a greater focus is being pushed onto Battle.Net because multiple devs have been testing cross-platform functionality.
The source said that Battle.Net will fast resemble Epic Games own launcher, where you can add people from other platforms such as the Xbox One and PS4, though they also have no idea how far along this additional functionality is into development, or if it is currently functional at all. If it does work, there is a high likelihood that it will be used to lend cross-platform play to Black Ops 4’s much rumoured Battle Royale mode.