On January 8, Treyarch finally shared a much-anticipated update on League Play in Black Ops 4, stating that it would be released at the end of January. However, with February on the horizon, there has still been no official word on an exact release date for League Play.
The latest installment in the Call of Duty: Black Ops series was released in October of 2018 and the developers at Treyarch made it clear, even before release day, that fans could expect League Play to be added at some point.
While fans had grown restless over the lack of updates on the important game mode, Treyarch's January 8 update no doubt helped ease of the lot of their fears and gives players something to look forward to.
What is League Play?
Introduced in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, League Play was a competitive matchmaking system that allowed players to compete against other people of a similar skill level around the world.
Players would compete using the same rules, maps and modes that were being used in professional matches and could be ranked anywhere from Iron to Master division.
League Play has returned in different forms, and under a number of different names, in various other Call of Duty titles since Black Ops 2, but the original is still fondly looked upon as the best by many players.
When will League Play go live?
While many expected League Play to go live around the time of CWL Vegas back in December, Treyarch said that they have been "taking the time required" to make sure that League Play releases in the best state possible.
Treyarch stated back on January 8 that they intended to release League Play by the end of the month, but due to the company's continued work on the mode, the date was subject to chance. Since then, Treyarch have been extremely secretive about the release of the competitive playlist, and with Tuesday, January 29's v1.12 update the last one scheduled for January, it seemed unlikely that the development team will be able to live up to their initial timeframe.
This was confirmed when Treyarch released a detailed explanation on League Play on January 29 that pushed the launch out to "mid-February."
How will League Play work in Black Ops 4?
After receiving much criticism following the initial explanation of League Play, Treyarch made a couple of changes to how things will work that put Black Ops 4 League Play in line with previous entries.
Most notably, League Play will be available all week instead of during a shortened, three-day period as originally stated.
Moreover, new ladder features and rewards have been announced by Treyarch, as well.
While not available at release, Teams and Clans are features that will be added at some point down the line.
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