For a long while, the success of the Call of Duty franchise has focused on bang shooty set-pieces and a big, fat marketing budget. This has made a lot of people a lot of money but now, sales are down and fans are growing bored. Give thanks to the bigwigs at Activision then as Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 switches things up by including terrifying death robots and cybernetic implants.
Black Ops 3 is set in the super scary year of 2060 where soldiers no longer have access to weapons; they are the weapons themselves. There are lots of questions that need to be asked such as ‘is this morally ok?’ and ‘who the heck is going to save the world once it all goes wrong?’
Find out more about Call of Duty: Black Ops 3‘s campaign, co-op and multiplayer after the break.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Campaign
First off, those who played Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be glad to know that Black Ops 3 doesn’t completely throw out all of those extra powers. Instead of Black Ops 3 characters wearing their exo suits, all of their powers are under the skin with something called the Direct Neural Interface (DNI) giving us enhanced movement abilities and access to a variety of skills. Developer Treyarch hasn’t said whether the single player skills will differ from the multiplayer skills (scroll down for more on those) but some previews of the game mention hacking, explosive and drone controlling gameplay.
We’ll need those skills though as Black Ops 3 is centred around another ‘truth-seeking’ plot. After you and your Black Ops buddies investigate a CIA black site in Singapore, half of your team goes missing and then goes off the grid altogether. Then there’s a military leak that jeopardises all secret military missions and it’s your job to find out what the heck is going on. Not only that but Black Ops 3‘s missions will be more open too, to accommodate 20 different types of AI enemies including “bi-pedal robot enemies” that “move into phalanx positions based on where you are” and are far more deadly as they aren’t worried about getting offed the way humans are.
Additionally, the game’s campaign will support four-player co-op (another reason for those larger levels) and customisable characters. Advanced Warfare allowed us to customise our characters in multiplayer so presumably, allowing us to customise our characters in the campaign mode too was a natural progression. There’s no word on the range of customisation yet (e.g if it will let us choose noses and whatnot) but we know that there will at least be male and female avatars.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Multiplayer and Zombies
Black Ops 3‘s multiplayer is also offering up big changes. Unlike Advanced Warfare which let you customise your character to your play style, Black Ops 3 lets you choose from nine different Specialist soldiers, each one with a special skill and a special weapon – you can only choose either the skill or the weapon before you head into a match and each can be ‘charged’ up with kills and scores.
Of those nine Specialist types Treyarch has only revealed four: Ruin (has an area of effect move that produces spikes), Reaper (is a robot with a mini-gun), Seraph (has a high-calibre revolver) and Outrider (has a compound crossbow that can shoot explosive arrows). This is a risk for the series as most Call of Duty players design custom class loadouts as soon as they’ve unlocked the weaponry, but thankfully Treyarch is testing things out with a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta that will be open to those who pre-order the game.
Treyarch also says that Black Ops Zombies “will have its own full, player XP based progression system”, it will be accessible and it won’t be like the campaign or multiplayer modes. Lots of mystery there then, but I’d bet money on Zombies becoming a full console spin-off in the next few years.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be released on November 6, 2015 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.