Treyarch started teasing Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's two previous expansions days before they were released, so we knew something big was coming when the studio started sharing cryptic videos on their social feeds again. Now we know exactly what it is.
It is as expected an expansion called Operation Grand Heist, and will, as usual, brings lots of new content to all aspects of the game. Let's start with Blackout, which has gotten a few new locations on the map. The most noteworthy addition is Ghost Town, a western-themed town located in the south-east desert and a reimagining of Standoff from Black Ops 2. That's not all though, as the town has a little extra waiting underground as well. How do you like the sound of claustrophobic tunnels filled with zombies?
Those vehicle teases were Blackout related as well, as we're getting a new mode called Hot Pursuit on Friday. The mode gets a lot of attention in the trailer accompanying the announcement and is as you probably expect with a name focused on vehicles. Prepare to race around in the new SUV, Muscle Car and/or PBR depending on your needs and wants.
Obviously, vehicles won't be the only new thing you can try out. Outrider returns as one of the new Specialists who can be used in both Blackout and Multiplayer. Using her in the latter will let you use a pilotable drone that will automatically tag enemies and use this to take full advantage of her improved Sparrow Special Issue Weapon. Not crazy enough for you? Then you should know that Black Ops Pass owners will also get to play as the space monkey Cosmic Silverback starting tomorrow. Outrider must, on the other hand, be unlocked by completing Tier 1 of the new Operation in the Black Market.
Maybe her special abilities will come in handy when venturing into the two new multiplayer maps: Casino and Lockup. Casino seems to be suited for both close-quarters combat and automatic rifles with its mix of tight corridors and open hallways. Meanwhile, the police station Lockup is sure to bring players with shotguns and SMGs inside its doors while snipers perch on the roof. Both of them will be available for tomorrow for Black Ops Pass owners.
One thing that will be available for all PS4 players tomorrow is Party Games. Starting with the classic One in the Chamber, but more will be introduced throughout the season.
Then there's Zombies. The trailer shows a few tiny glimpses of what awaits in March, but we do know that we'll get a new Gauntlet called Death-Con Five, the melee-focused Ethereal Razor Perk, host migration, server and split-screen pause, and six new Zombies experiences before the season ends in April.
We're also getting a new Prestige System, Hardcore mode and characters in Blackout, a bunch of new weapons and outfits, a secret in-game event, the option to purchase Zombie's "Classified" experience and so many other things you can get more detailed information about here. Phew.