Call of Duty Black Ops 4

Watch: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launch trailer brings the mayhem — and the zombies

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Sep 24, 2018, 10:40 PM EDT

With its Blackout beta now in gamers’ hands and the proper release of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 main game only a few weeks away, developer Treyarch has just let loose with an overstimulated launch trailer that packs an eternity’s worth of mayhem — including the all-important appearance of those red-eyed zombies — into its one-minute runtime.

Black Ops 4’s departure from the single-player formula, in favor of a multiplayer campaign that leans heavily on the new game’s Battle Royale mode, takes center stage in the new clip. In addition to the Battle Royale free-for-all, four players can team up in multiplayer mode to square off against the game’s never-ending supply of NPC enemies, which come fast and furious pretty much as quickly as you can take them down.

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The clip also shows off Black Ops’ pick-your-poison play style, with the standard array of close, ranged, and explosive weaponry — but it takes things to new levels of insanity. Zombies may get all the publicity, but they appear to be only the beginning, as the trailer also gives us glimpses of B.A.S.E. jumping, ATV running and gunning, eye-to-eye shootouts with low-flying helicopters (while skimming along the water in an inflatable raft), and even an up-close conflict with a friggin’ zombie tiger

Beginning with the Beta and running through the end of the year, the staggered release of new content alongside the main game promises to dial up new experiences fast enough to keep even the most attention-deficient among us preoccupied. Treyarch is promising a stream of newly downloadable content and timed events to keep players returning to their mode of choice (Zombies, Blackout, or multiplayer), with PlayStation 4 owners getting a week’s head start on many of the forthcoming new character builds and map expansions.

With all the buildup surrounding the fourth main installment in the COD franchise, Treyarch appears to be charting a long lifespan for the game, while endeavoring to make sure everyone gets their money’s worth — regardless of their preferred play style. And did we mention this game’s got zombie tigers? 

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 finally dive-bombs onto PlayStation, Xbox One, and PC beginning Oct. 12.