Call of Duty and its multiplayer mode are practically inseparable. While each of the games contains a dedicated campaign mode, most players skip it entirely and jump straight into multiplayer. This has naturally made some wonder (often jokingly) why the franchise continues to have a campaign a lot of players ignore. If recent reports are true, it appears the next Call of Duty will, in fact, abandon single player in order to expand on the ever-popular multiplayer and zombie co-op modes. On top of that, the game may also have its own take on the currently-popular battle royale mode.This report was first published by Polygon. It has since been backed up by EuroGamer and Kotaku, whose sources also tell them Black Ops 4 won’t have a traditional campaign. Apparently, the team behind Black Ops 4 (Infinity Ward) believed it could not finish the campaign mode in time for the October release. That being the case, the devs instead decided to emphasize cooperative modes to stand-in for a traditional campaign. The already existing multiplayer and zombie modes will reportedly be expanded.Another mode which could make up for the lack of a campaign is battle royale. The possible inclusion of a battle royale mode is being reported by EuroGamer and Charlie Intel. According to their sources, the developers are trying to get the mode to feature 100 players like PUBG. However, the team isn’t sure if they can have the mode ready for launch since they are apparently running into difficulty having so many players on a single map.Both Kotaku and Polygon reached out to Activision for comments. Predictably, the publisher replied with the standard “We don’t comment on rumor and speculation.”I hate to be that guy… but I’m going to be that guy. Is anyone surprised by this news? As I said up top, most Call of Duty players don’t even touch single player. That isn’t to say the mode isn’t appreciated by gamers. Some do in fact play Call of Duty for the story. However, even circumstantial evidence makes it clear the majority of players are really in it for the multiplayer experience. I have no doubt Activision has a way to track how many people play online vs offline. These numbers could very well have influenced the company to beef up the multiplayer components the franchise is known for. The possible inclusion of battle royale isn’t a big shock either, given how crazy everyone is for games like PUBG and Fortnite at the moment.Activision plans to reveal Black Ops 4 on May 17. At that time, we’ll see if these reports are legitimate or not. If they’re true, I’m interested to see how the Call of Duty community reacts if campaign mode is indeed removed. I am also curious to see how the franchise plans to incorporate a battle royale mode into its existing framework. No AAA publisher has released a game with a 100-player battle royale mode, so it’s possible we may see an evolution of the mode. Again, we’ll see what’s what in May.Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 12.