There are quite a few of you out there that was not all that happy with the Call of Duty: Black Ops series, especially the last installment of the series. As it featured futuristic gameplay, you had to start the game off back in the past. Nevertheless, it seemed that it made enough money for Activision to drop their third installment which was originally touted for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. Not anymore.
On Tuesday, Activision announced that it will be bring Black Ops III to the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. As Trey arch will be handling the game development for the PS4 and Xbox One, two studios – Beenox and Mercenary Technology – will be porting the game over to the older gen systems.
“Xbox 360 and PS3 players will be able to experience Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’s gameplay across campaign, multiplayer and zombies,” Scott Lowe said on the Activision Blog. “While the teams are working to deliver the best possible experience for Xbox 360 and PS3, naturally there will be some differences across generations.”
“For instance, the campaign mode on Xbox 360 and PS3 is currently in development with a goal of enabling two-player cooperative play, instead of the four-player cooperative campaign on next-gen. There will also be some other features and functionality built specifically for the new generation of consoles that cannot be supported on Xbox 360 and PS3.”
The other big omission from the launch of the game will be the Wii U. Lowe stated in the blog that “there is no version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for the Nintendo Wii U planned.” This should not come as a big surprise but does that mean there will not be a port for the Wii U eventually? Possibly not. The Wii U has lost a lot of support over the years and a Call of Duty snub could be the final nail in the coffin for the console.
Not only that but it seems that the infamous next-gen multiplayer beta that was talked about last month will only be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Not a complete surprise but it is nice that Activision does not want to block any avenues of the revenue stream by blocking out previous console holdovers. We will most likely hear more about this next week at E3.