Over the past few weeks, there have been several leaks and indicators of what we now know for sure. Call of Duty: Black Ops is back once more and this time the series is moving further into the future.
Activision has officially revealed Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, and it will launch on the PS4, Xbox One and PC on Nov. 6, “the new Black Friday,” as the firm’s press release put it. There will be a multiplayer beta, which people can gain access to by pre-ordering Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
Black Ops 3 will mark the first time this generation that a Call of Duty game hasn’t come to the PS3 and Xbox 360. Treyarch is the developer behind Black Ops 3 and is delivering a single-player campaign in addition to a full multiplayer experience that seems to be building on what Advanced Warfare established last year.
It absolutely wouldn’t be a Treyarch game without a Zombie Mode. People can rejoice in Call of Duty Zombies coming to Black Ops 3, which will apparently have its own experience point progression system for the first-time.
As we alluded to earlier in this piece, there will be a multiplayer beta, which marks the first time in franchise history Activision has done this. No date was provided for when the beta will begin, but surely we’ll hear more prior to or at E3 2015. Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg talked about the official announcement.
“Nearly 100 million people have played Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, making it the most-played series in Call of Duty history. And those fans are about to get the best Black Ops game we’ve made yet with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
“This is Treyarch’s first three year development and man, have they made the most of it; with a ton of innovation across all modes of play, and of course a mind bending, wild ride of a story, Black Ops style. Our fans will get a taste for themselves with a Beta later this year. But for now, Black Ops is back,” Hirshberg said.
Last year’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was the first game to release under Activision’s new three year development plan and for Treyarch, this will be their first crack at Call of Duty under the new plan. Fans saw how incredible last year’s Call of Duty was and we expect the same from Black Ops 3.
The single-player campaign for Black Ops 3 will take gamers into the future where technology has once again created a new kind of soldier. Direct Neural Interface (DNI) tech allows people to be connected to “the intelligence grid and their fellow operatives during battle.” Given the setting, we expect a lot of the core features that made up Advanced Warfare to return in Black Ops 3, with some new twists. The head of Treyarch Mark Lamia, spoke about the announcement of Black Ops 3.
“Black Ops 3 is without a doubt, the most ambitious project ever in the history of our studio. Since the launch of Black Ops 2, we have been pushing ourselves to develop the best Call of Duty game we can for the millions of fans that continue to play our games, even to this day.
“We’ve been taking advantage of the three year development cycle by pushing our game design forward in every way imaginable, crafting all-new experiences, mechanics, systems and characters, all in the deepest Call of Duty that we’ve ever made. This really is like getting three games in one,” Lamia said.
In multiplayer, Black Ops 3 will be embracing a “momentum-based, chained-movement system” the enables gamers to traverse “custom-built environments” with fluidity and precision. The Specialist system will be debuting for the first time and it allows people to pick and progress nine “elite Black Ops soldiers, with unique looks, “personality, voice and battle-hardened weapons and abilities, fundamentally changing the way players engage in combat.”
Activision and Treyarch plan on releasing more information about the game’s multiplayer at a later date, much like they did last year. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will launch this coming Nov. 6 and it will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC. We’ll keep you updated on any new details that surface in the coming days.