There are crazy rumours swirling regarding Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII right now, as word has emerged that it may be the first entry in the franchise to scrap its single player campaign. While the series is synonymous with its multiplayer these days, its set-piece laden stories have always formed a big part of the package – although not this time apparently.

According to a Polygon report citing sources close to the project, the single player was scrapped as it became obvious that Treyarch couldn’t complete it in time for the title’s 12th October launch date. The team is instead investing its efforts into expanding the release’s multiplayer and co-op features, with the uber-popular Zombies mode set to make a return.

Even more interestingly, Charlie Intel has corroborated the rumour, and it claims that Raven Software has been tasked with creating a Battle Royale mode to fill the gap. The likes of PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite have really popularised this style of multiplayer over the past year, and Activision has already hinted that it sees potential in the format.

While we’ll need to wait until 17th May for the game’s full reveal, these rumours certainly sound realistic to us. What’s even more interesting is that a remaster of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is supposedly in the works, but it will apparently only feature single player and no multiplayer at all. Perhaps the publisher thinks the two products will complement each other?

[via polygon.com]