Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 could see the return of the franchise’s divisive Pick 10 class system, an iconic component of developer Treyarch’s Call of Duty efforts over the years.
The system was missing from 2017’s Call of Duty: WWII, for better or worse. This probably worked for last year’s game given the setting, as having such flexibility and control over classes given the era the game was based in probably wouldn’t have made much sense. Although, it’s not like Call of Duty has ever really been driven by realism.
The Pick 10 system provides greater flexibility over the class you create for your multiplayer outing, and while many a fan welcomed its removal from last year’s game, many were lamenting the fact it wasn’t included.
For those keen to see the return of the Pick 10 system, you might be in luck: it seems Treyarch is set to bring the system back for Black Ops 4.
— Treyarch Studios (@Treyarch) 27 April 2018
Now you may be wondering just what this Tweet has to do with the Pick 10 system, but anyone that’s played a Treyarch CoD game would recognise the branding and design of the Tweet as being similar to what we see with the Pick 10 system.
The Pick 10 system comes with a sort of check-box system, which indicates how many “picks” or slots you have left to finalise your class. Once you hit 10, you’ve maximised the total number of tools, weapons, perks and whatnot available for that class.
It may not be the definitive and official confirmation you were after for Pick 10 in Black Ops 4, but it’s damn close.
The Pick 10 system first showed its face in 2012’s Black Ops 2. It’s been included in a number of Call of Duty games since, if not directly as Pick 10, then of a variation of the system.
It provides you with 10 allocation points, which you can then use to build your class. Some elements are worth one allocation points, while other more important and lucrative elements are worth more.
It worked well to create a fairer class system, encouraging a balanced approach to loadout creation in the franchise’s multiplayer component.
We should expect to hear more of Black Ops 4 out of E3 2018 next month in Los Angeles.