There are many sub-sects and genres of the ‘Call of Duty’ franchise that have developed their own unique following since the game was first released over ten years ago. Some players might hope for a return to the WWII or Vietnam days of the original series, while younger fans might enjoy the futuristic war-games that Activision has released over the past few years. Of the subgenres, few are as popular as the Black Ops storyline, and now Black Ops is merging two of genres with hopes of pleasing more of its fanbase, or so it seems.
Activision announced ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops III’ earlier this month, and just as every recent Call of Duty announcement has in the past, leaked images and early spoilers hit the internet before the publisher could officially reveal the details. The good news for gamers, hoping to learn more about the new title, is that Activision has released a new trailer with a release date, details and other information ahead of its planned premiere date.
For those just checking-in, Black Ops III will be released on November 6, 2015 for Microsoft’s Xbox One, Sony’s PlayStation 4 and PCs, but the biggest news is that the single-player campaign in getting a gigantic upgrade.
The largest change to the single-player campaign is that within the story-mode players will be able to play with three of their friends. Now with four people playing together, the best of co-op gameplay picks up the slack of a normally lackluster single-player mode for first-person-shooters. The new mode will allow players to connect online, but they will also have the option to play in a split-screen mode if they prefer. Players will be able to play with each-other even if they are in different sections of the story, and they will be able to share guns and rewards with each other while playing.
The new story will take players to the year 2065, so expect a few new-age weapons and a bit of science-fiction in the mechanics. Ground-troops take the front once again on the battlefield, thanks to energy air defense systems that protect cities from air assaults and drone strikes. With the skies defended, special-forces are called on to secure territory, and their neural interfaces allow them to fight alongside combat-drones, robots and A.I. connected weapons and units. As you can imagine, you will fight against all of these in both single-player and multiplayer when the game releases later this year.
Another first for the franchise is allowing the protagonist to be fully customizable. Not only will players be able to progress the characters skills and traits, they will also be able to change appearance and gender. “We knew we were going to do fully unique male, fully unique female for all scenes and all the customization that goes for both. Thank God for Blu-ray, right?” Campaign Director and Senior Executive Producer, Jason Blundell stated.
You can expect a lot of hacking in this game, and a few skill trees that support working with drones and A.I. enhanced weapons. There will be nine specialists to choose from in multiplayer, even a Katniss-like bow-user armed with explosives and a sidekick robot with machine gun capabilities.
The game will borrow from other popular titles as well, including Titanfall’s parkour-like running and map-scaling abilities. Oh and before you ask, “Black Ops III” will also include a Zombies mode.
“Black Ops is back and better than ever … featuring a mind-bending story along with the stickiest multiplayer maps and most fluid and intuitive movement system in the franchise, all topped off with a healthy dose of epic zombie mayhem,” said Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg. “Nearly 100 million people have played Call of Duty: Black Ops and 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.”
The game won’t release until November 6, 2015, just in time for the holiday rush. More gameplay details, pre-order information and multiplayer reveals will be released later this summer at the E3 2015 convention.