Call of duty: Black Ops 4 will not be releasing on the Nintendo Switch, contrary to recent rumors that have suggested Activision and Treyarch's latest title will make its way over to Nintendo's platform. For Nintendo fans waiting for a new multiplayer FPS option, this is disappointing news but a precedent one.
The rumor mill surrounding Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has been all over the place, but quite a few of the reports have actually panned out. Firstly, it was reported that Black Ops 4 wouldn't have a story mode, which is an unprecedented move for Treyarch and one that ended up being true. Secondly, a Battle Royale component was long rumored for the game and there were even reports that it would get a standalone release on the Switch. While Black Ops 4's Battle Royale was eventually confirmed, there wasn't any word on a Switch release... until now.
In an interview with Twinfinite, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 senior producer Yale Miller debunks rumors of a Nintendo Switch release for the game. When asked about the port, all he said was, "No, there is not."
What's interesting is that a European GameStop location had begun putting Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Switch cases out on display. All signs pointed to the unmentioned port, but it seems those indications merely misleading. It wouldn't be the first time that retail stores either were misinformed or jumped the gun. It's possible that Activision is holding off on announcing a Switch port until E3 or later.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is Activision's 15th main installment in its long-running franchise that spans most modern consoles. Nintendo home console fans were first treated to ports on the Wii and then again on the Wii U, which included series entries Black Ops II and Ghosts but, otherwise, Activision has favored the PC and current-gen systems by Microsoft and Sony for their games.
While the newest game features the return of the popular Zombies mode, much of the discussion has centered around the introduction of Battle Royale to the franchise. With the massive popularity of Fortnite and Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, fans are hoping that the combination of Treyarch’s long-running refinement of their militaristic FPS - as well as all of the series’ ever-growing collections of in-jokes, characters, guest stars, and weapons - will be a match made in heaven. A Switch version would’ve only cemented total control of the current generation of gaming hardware. For now, though, it seems Nintendo fans are being left out in the cold with regards to Call of Duty.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 releases on Xbox One, PS4, and PC on October 12.