You can get in on the fun early if you pre-order the game to get signed up for the private beta. Yes, they are doing something "new", but cutting out an integral part of the Call of Duty experience isn't the way to go about it.
The heart of any Call of Duty game is its multiplayer, so Activision kicked off the proceedings with a lengthy (and suitably flashy) look at its traditional team-based offering. Unlike Black Ops 3, this mode is more "boots on the ground".
Each of the specialists will also be given single player solo missions, which will be fast paced and will play out like trials giving players a chance to get used to the way a particular specialist works.
It will also feature an online multiplayer mode and a new instalment of the popular Zombies gameplay. There will also be others like Alex Mason and Raul Menendez, who appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
That means other Call of Duty developers Sledgehammer and Infinity Ward may be planning a single-player campaign for their next releases (and it's Infinity Ward's turn next year).
Now if they could just figure out the franchise thing.
Activision didn't stop with mere hardware support for the next entry in the Black Ops series, though.
Weapons are more customizable than ever. There will be 4 new characters introduced and day one we are getting three zombie maps! Additionally, there is the ability to customise the Zombie experience, with tones of mutations on offer for fans to play around with.
The first cinematic shows the four characters performing some sort of mystical ceremony before being transported to a colosseum, using only melee weapons to take out the zombies. While this could be referring to the feature returning to Black Ops 4 at some future point, Miller's follow up answers seem to point to it not exiting Call of Duty as a whole. Players will be able to select classes still, and characters from the Zombies mode will be playable.
Aside from that one major surprise, the Black Ops 4 event confirmed a lot of what we already knew.
But Mr Vonderhaar said Blackout would stand out in the growing market because it was "battle royale done the Black Ops way" and would feature the largest map the developer has created in a Call Of Duty game. The Black Ops overarchng story is one of the best in the series, behind Modern Warfare. Everything from the visuals to the controls has been built and optimized for PC gamers in every way possible. This is a balance between the Black Ops that fans love and a bold new direction for Call of Duty, and it could be just the start of a changing tide for a 15-year old series.
For the PC, Treyarch is co-developing with Beenox, who together are working closely with Blizzard to optimize Black Ops 4 for Battle.net.
Activision has officially unveiled Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, with no fewer than six trailers.