It’s no secret that the sales of the Call of Duty franchise have been declining for quite some time. Activision and the three lead development teams on the series (Sledgehammer, Treyarch, and Infinity Ward) are constantly forced to find new and exciting things to prove that in fact, this new Call of Duty is not a reskinned clone of the game you played last year.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 uses something called the direct neural interface (DNI) to prove that it’s different from last year’s Advanced Warfare. Instead of exo suits, our various different powers and abilities will be hardwired into our bodies, letting us take part in more explosive gameplay and pull off more extravagant kills.
You can see this in action in the new Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 gameplay trailers after the break.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Main Campaign
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 also allows players to play through the campaign with up to three others; something which was shown off during the Sony E3 2015 press conference. In the gameplay footage, we saw four players take part in a rescue mission, attempting to free a pilot whose ship has crashed into the side of a building. That goes spectacularly wrong and the pilot soon dies in a grizzly fashion, so it’s up to the team to clear out the waves of enemies.
As you can see, there’s a lot of potential for tactics and strategies here as some players can flank the enemy and pick them off one by one (perhaps using that strangle ability) while others can hold the fort. We also see one player attempt to destroy the heavy machines while the other players fight off the reinforcements. Here, everyone can put their strengths to good use.
However, it begs the question of what happens if someone wants to play Black Ops 3 by themselves? The game has clearly been made for co-op play but there’s a risk that it will either be too difficult without those extra players or that those large level arenas will feel empty and lifeless when you only have AI soldiers by your side. It’s a dilemma that I hope Activision and Treyarch address soon.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Multiplayer Trailer via Call of Duty on YouTube
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Multiplayer
Also shown off last week, is a new Black Ops 3 multiplayer trailer. Multiplayer is a huge factor in the success of each Call of Duty game so whether those new abilities and whatnot scale to the online combat is a pretty important point. Luckily, they seem to hold up just fine. Some of the abilities in that video include Seraph’s exploding arrows and Reaper’s mini-gun, which can wreak absolute havoc if you ambush enemies with a smoke bomb. There are also spiked grenades of doom and a pretty nifty handgun that offers one-hit kills.
Along with the video, a couple of new specialists (classes) have been revealed. These include Nomad who can release The Hive (a massive swarm of drones that’s unleashed when enemies get too close) or he can use his Rejack ability which is essentially a revive. Then there’s Prophet who has a Lightning Gun that electrocutes an enemy and all of those around them and there’s also the Glitch ability which allows Prophet to jump back to where they were a few seconds ago. The Glitch ability was previously assigned to the Reaper specialist, so it appears that Treyarch is still balancing things out.
It’s also worth noting that Sony has also announced a new exclusive deal for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3‘s DLC. Previously, Microsoft had a deal with Activision that meant that players on Xbox 360 and Xbox One got DLC before PC and PlayStation players, but now Sony has that deal and DLC will be exclusive to them for 30 days. Plus, PS4 players who pre-order the game will get into the multiplayer beta before any other platforms get to have a crack at it
Call of Duty: Blacks Ops 3 will be released on November 6, 2015 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.