If so, then that’s another month to skip.
It wouldn’t really be a surprise entry. Black Ops 4 may have set records, but it came up short of Activision’s expectations. The post-release addition of (obviously intentionally hidden) egregious microtransactions caused a fair amount of criticism and cost the game some of its more vocal supporters. Then there is the whole questionable status of Activision Blizzard from an investor’s point of view. Sure, Activision Blizzard has plenty of money, but it has repeatedly rocked stockholder concerns since late last year.
Blackout, the Battle Royale mode that replaced the traditional single player campaign mode, was allegedly hurt pretty badly by Apex Legends. Activision is also trying to copy Overwatch’s league system with its own city-based esports teams, having just announced the sale of teams for five cities. And Black Ops 4 is heavy on microtransactions, so Activision can still expect to make money even if they give the game away. (There have also been calls from some to at the least turn Blackout into a full f2p standalone just to compete with Apex Legends.)