Call of Duty has been a mainstay for the PC ever since the beginning of the franchise. However, Treyarch revealed in a video that they are putting more focus on the PC version of the game than previous titles in the past. The developer is currently placing a larger team in the development of the PC version to ensure attention to detail and customization options tailored-fit to the PC.
The upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for the PC is being developed by Treyarch with the help of Beenox, a Quebec-based studio, that previously helped with the development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered and Black Ops 3. However, for the upcoming Black Ops 4, Beenox is dedicated to developing more features for the PC version of the game, including the first title in the franchise that will be accessible on Blizzard’s Battle.net.
Firstly, significant attention has been put into fine-tuning the controls of the game for the PC. The developers are expecting that they would feel more natural on the platform with a plethora of customizations available for players. However, this does not mean that the default controls won’t be as good. Instead, Treyarch and Beenox promise to offer a broad set of options that will cater to personal preferences of players.
Beenox technical lead programmer, Philip Troie gave an example of optimizing controls for the PC. In Black Ops 4, if players want to throw a grenade. “If you want to throw a grenade, you can choose between cooking it by holding the mouse button or as a toggle. So you can also click once to start to cook it and click twice to throw it.”
Furthermore, Troie also talked about the importance of mouse sensitivity and how it is vital that players won’t be slowed down. Each game’s specialist will have the ability to configure controls and customize to what feels more natural to them.
Besides the controls, Black Ops 4 will also run well on a range of systems, even those players without a state of the art PC setup. “We wanted to make sure it ran great on the broadest array of hardware, Treyarch co-studio head Mark Gordon revealed. “Feeling great and running great were the two high-level goals.”
Concerning graphical performance, Black Ops 4 will be able to run in 4K HDR in an uncapped frame rate. The demo that was made available during E3 ran at above 150 FPS. The game will also be able to support ultra-wide monitors up to an aspect ratio of 32:9. The PC version of the game will ensure that the user interface will adjust to accommodate a wide range of monitors.
In the end, the team of Treyarch, Beenox and Blizzard hope to bring the best PC version of Black Ops 4 that the franchise has never seen in previous installments.