Perhaps the most pertinent question was whether Activision and, this time round Treyarch, would finally move on from the older consoles, or whether Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the games were in the works.
It didn’t take long for a confirmation of the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, even if the game has been optimised for the current-gen consoles.
At the time, Activision said that they weren’t ready to abandon “fans that haven’t made the transition to the new console.” We now know that what they actually meant was that they weren’t quite ready to give up the still quite profitable fountain of cash.
The images above are screenshots of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’s campaign, something we now know, as confirmed over on Call of Duty’s official community page, won’t be included.
Much as you may have wanted it included, the reason for its removal is really quite simple:
The Black Ops 3 PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will feature Multiplayer and Zombies gameplay only, not Campaign. The ambitious scope of the 1-4 player coop Campaign design of the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions could not be faithfully recreated on old generation hardware.”
It’s a right shame, but certainly understandable. The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare demonstrated the consoles’ age throughout much of the campaign, as the game regularly seemed to hit resource limitations and more.
Like with Mortal Kombat X, too much resources, time and effort is likely required to make the campaign run on the older consoles, and we’d still expect a number of compromises.
So to still deliver the best possible experience to older console owners, multiplayer as well as Zombie mode, now called “Shadows of Evil”, will be included.
After all, COD has always been about multiplayer for a vast majority of gamers, and “Beenox and Mercenary Technology have been working tirelessly to bring as much of the Black Ops 3 gameplay as possible to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360,” so it should be good.
One question then: why is the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game very nearly full price?
$49.99 doesn’t seem worth it when you’re paying just $10 more for a much fuller experience on the current-gen consoles, as well as PC.
The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game also include a download code for the original Black Ops, as though we don’t all already own it.
Seems like a rather cheap way to inflate the price of the game; Activision isn’t losing a cent giving away a digital copy of a 5-year-old game. And how many of you who want Black Ops 3 for the highly competitive, frenetic multiplayer didn’t buy the original game for the same thing?
And if you already own the game, will Activision grant a discount instead? We doubt it.