Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 famously broke series tradition by ditching its campaign to focus entirely on multiplayer, with Treyarch instead opting to tell its lore through a comic series, of all things. Most players resigned themselves to never seeing what had been planned – until now, perhaps, as footage of the cancelled campaign gameplay appears to have popped up online.
As posted on Reddit, the gameplay shows some limited footage of a campaign mission in which the player must shoot terrorists (while avoiding citizens) and find the Aquilus CEO, whoever that may be. The person who posted the leak, a Reddit poster by the name of ForeverDexus, claims to have found the footage online in an “incredibly obscure” place, along with further footage of the Black Ops 4 engine in pre-alpha and another video of the cancelled campaign.
At first glance, it looks pretty similar to Black Ops 4’s multiplayer: the HUD looks nearly the same, while the level takes place on multiplayer map Seaside. As the NPCs look rather… blue, it’s fair to say the footage comes from a fairly early build of the level.