Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 introduces a new system to the shooter series called Signature Weapons.
These are cosmetic variations of the base weapons in the game, Activision said in a blog post, and they come with their own challenges and rewards.
The publisher stressed the Signature Weapons do not have any game-altering stats, so perform exactly like their base weapon counterparts. They're just super flashy versions of those base weapons.
Challenges must be completed to unlock cosmetic rewards for the Signature Weapons, with the final being a Mastercraft version of the Signature Weapon. Activision did not say what these challenges will be, but suggested to get a Mastercraft Signature Weapon, you'll need to invest a significant amount of time into the game.
Activision also didn't say how you'll get Signature Weapons in the game (I suspect supply drops will be involved at least in part). But, as you'd expect, some Signature Weapons are tied to the special editions of Black Ops 4. If you buy the Digital Deluxe, Digital Deluxe Enhanced, Pro Edition or Mystery Box Edition for example, you get the MX-9 Signature Weapon on day one. Here's how it looks:
GameStop in the US has another day one Signature Weapon as a pre-order bonus: the Strife pistol called Divinity. If you complete the challenges associated with the Divinity and unlock all of its rewards, you can use the golden Divine Justice. Here's how both weapons look:
The Signature Weapons sound like a yet another virtual item to shoot for in Call of Duty, but since I'm a sucker for flashy video game weapons I'll probably pump hours into the grind for them - however it works!