During the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 community event today, it was revealed that healing yourself is no longer automatic. Instead, you'll manually trigger healing with a dedicated button. According to the developers at Treyarch, it's as essential to the gameplay loop as shooting a gun. It creates a tactical decision point that didn't exist before.
For instance, you could potentially rush an opponent or choose to heal yourself, which adds a more tactical layer to the game. It's no longer going to be about who gets taken out because they happened to get shot first, but the player who utilized their abilities in a smarter and more economical way on the battlefield.
It's not hard to understand why this feature was changed, especially since the arcade-y nature of Call of Duty has always been twitchy and somewhat frustrating for newcomers, who may not be as quick on the draw with their weapons as others. This new methodology will help to ensure that skilled players will have a chance, not just the fast ones.
It's all about changing up pacing and tactical decisions, as part of the fundamental building blocks that come together to make a Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 match.