In an article by Treyarch, they announced that they are trying to bridge the gap between "pubs" and "pros". Therefore, will be going to a 5v5 team comp going into Black Ops 4. A very good idea in our opinion.
"For that reason, Black Ops 4 is moving to a 5v5 format for the first time in Call of Duty World League history. This is a game that was built from the ground up for 5v5 – maps, spawns, weapons, and Specialists are all designed and fine-tuned for the optimal pace of play in teams of 5. And the core gameplay of public matches in objective-based modes will be played 5v5, so CWL as a spectator experience will be familiar to all players of the game."
One of the biggest things that they are bringing back was CLANS! Now we've been playing CoD for years and played way back in the CoD Ghosts days. Personally, I was underwhelmed with Ghosts but the implementation of Clan Wars back then was what drew people to play the game hours on end. After Advanced Warfare, the Clan Wars just stopped.... and so did a lot of other gamers. Why is that? Did people just suddenly stop liking Call of Duty? In a sense yes, the jetpacking got a little out of hand. Thing is... if they had kept Clan Wars alive in these games people would have surely stayed. Heck, the future games after AW could have been awful but as long as people could hang out with their friends and grind as a team they would have kept playing. No doubt in my mind. As it stood they only reason to play CoD was to get new camos and weapon skins. Yeah ok. Not fun.
Anyway, Treyarch announced that they ARE in fact introducing the clan feature back into Black Ops 4. Now they didn't say that Clan Wars were back but they did say that these can be 100 man rosters. What is the need for a 100 man roster if there won't be any wars? I'd have to imagine that Treyarch heard the voices of many to bring something clan related back to the game. Fingers crossed, but I'm confident there will be something back so go get the squad back together!
If they do not bring something clan related back to the game, I feel that this is the breaking point of many gamers in the Call of Duty Community.
Here are some other great points coming to the game:
World League Hub
Introducing the World League Hub, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s in-game home for all things esports and competitive play. Players can come to the World League Hub to play like the pros in Treyarch’s Pro Series competitive playlist format, watch Call of Duty World League streamed events, and learn about the latest happenings in the CWL.
Pro Series is our in-game set of playlist rules featuring official CWL rules, team format, map rotation, and game types that allow players to play like the pros. Form team rosters, scrim in competitive matches to hone your skills, and put it all on the line in weekend events in Pro Series format to win in-game prizes and recognition. You or your team will compete against other players or teams of similar skill in competitive matchmaking.
As Treyarch, professional COD players from around the globe, and the CWL work together to define the absolute best format for competitive play in the upcoming CWL season, Treyarch will keep the Pro Series settings updated to match the CWL, and let players experience the game just like the pros.
League Play Events
In-game League Play makes its return in Black Ops 4 with a tighter, more intense 3-day limited event format. Players will be assigned to a League Play Ladder after their first game in League Play. Players may compete as a team in Team Ladders, or as a solo competitor against other solo competitors in a Solo Ladder. Events will use the Pro Series settings and format, and players will earn BO4 Ladder Points for wins (or lose points for losses). Earn the most Ladder Points by the end of the event to take 1st Place.
League Play events will be scheduled with a frequency of about once a week to once every two weeks to maximize the intensity of competition and the excitement that comes with the competitive community playing in events together at the same time. Every victory counts!
The Gauntlet is also a time-limited event where players play a series of consecutive matches to maximize wins. To complete the Gauntlet, reach a certain number of wins before hitting a certain number of losses. Each loss counts as a strike, and players who accumulate too many strikes will have to start the Gauntlet over. The best part: completing a Gauntlet will grant players special in-game rewards to showcase their victory. The Gauntlet is designed to be a more accessible and digestible competitive style of play that’s easy for every player to understand.
CWL News and Live Streams
From the World League Hub, players will be able to watch live streams of current CWL matches, as well as browse through a library of previous events and CWL broadcasts (availability may vary by platform). Players will also be able to get the latest information on upcoming CWL events.
Clans and Teams
Though you may play as a lone wolf, you’ll want to form a team and play together to get the best out of the competitive experience. Competitive teams are set up and managed through our Clans feature. Within a Clan, players can create a team of up to 7 members, allowing players to compete with a fixed roster, but with the flexibility to sub out team members as needed to accommodate differing schedules. Clans support up to 100 players, and players within Clans may become a member of up to three teams, allowing even more flexibility to play together. Teams have a name, emblem, and their own home page in the Clan Headquarters to easily gather and play together.
And you don’t need to play competitively to enjoy the Clans feature. It is also an awesome social tool for players with shared interests to group up and always have partners to play with, whether playing multiplayer, Zombies or Blackout.