The next Call of Duty will yet again require a constant internet connection to play the singleplayer campaign on PC, and for the first time on console as well

While 2018's Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was always-online, it also didn't have a singleplayer campaign (you could play against bots, but you still needed to be connected to the internet). The 2019 remake of Modern Warfare was the first CoD to be always-online on PC while also having a full singleplayer mode, and it's been that way ever since. Over in Console Land, the singleplayer stuff remained accessible without a constant internet connection, though without your skins and so on. That's not the case for Call of Duty: Black Ops 6, which will be always-online for everybody.

As the CoD blog explains, "To deliver the highest-quality visuals while also reducing the game's overall storage space on your hard drive, Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 will use texture streaming across all game modes. This means you'll need a continuous internet connection to play any game mode, including Campaign. If you're on a console, Campaign can be played without a premium subscription service such as Game Pass Core or PlayStation Plus."

We're used to the phrase "texture streaming" referring to games streaming high-res textures into memory from your SSD as you're playing, rather than what Activision are saying here—streaming from the cloud to keep the install size down. The Call of Duty games have become real storage hogs in recent years, with Modern Warfare 3 demanding up to 213GB, as if we don't play other games and have, like, a few gig of holiday photos and legally acquired film and television libraries.

According to the system requirements, we'll need a mere 149GB free to install Black Ops 6, or 78 GB "if COD HQ and Warzone are already installed". Pity our poor console brothers and sisters, who will apparently need 300GB free to install Black Ops 6 and all its trimmings, though that will apparently be reduced once it's launched.

The selling feature of Black Ops 6 is "omnimovement," a buzzword that means "being able to sprint and dive backward and sideways instead of just forwards". I'm sure we'll hear more about that when the Call of Duty: Next showcase on August 26 fills us in with more info on the multiplayer side of things. Black Ops 6 is set to launch on October 25.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.