The Windows PC version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be exclusive to Blizzard Entertainment’s Battle.net, publisher Activision announced today. The PC version will launch the same date as console editions, Oct. 12.
Beenox is handling development of Black Ops 4 on PC. The Activision subsidiary most recently developed the remastered version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare that launched in 2016.
In a livestream announcement today, Activision promised dedicated servers, a redesign of the game’s user interface, uncapped frame rate and support for 4K resolution, HDR and ultrawide monitors — all with PC players in mind. Weapon recoil and knockback for Black Ops 4 on PC was also designed for those playing with keyboard and mouse controls, Activision said. And Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will support Battle.net friend lists and other social features.
“One of the things we’ve really wanted to focus on is PC gaming as its own unique platform, and really give PC gamers what they deserve,” said Dan Bunting, one of the studio heads for Treyarch.
Battle.net is the PC gaming platform established more than 20 years ago by Blizzard, which formed up with Activision in a joint agreement in 2008. Battle.net serves the World of Warcraft, Diablo, Starcraft, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch franchises, all of which are developed by Blizzard. Last year, Bungie’s Destiny 2 became the first non-Blizzard game served by Battle.net.