Hi there, my name is Tom and I’m one of those weirdos whose favourite part of Call of Duty games is the single player campaign.
And if there are any of you out there who are like me but have yet to upgrade your consoles to the current generation then I have some bad news for you: Call of Duty: Black Ops III will not feature the single player campaign on PS3 and Xbox 360 due to technical limitations.
By now you’ve heard of Black Ops III. It’s that game coming out in November along with a fridge. But aside from that cool (ha) feature, it has been shown to include a story based campaign mode that can incorporate up to four players.
And now, with just over a month to go before launch, developer Treyarch have decided to let us know the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions won’t be able to handle the action.
To be fair, we all know Call of Duty hasn’t been about the campaign for a while now, with the multiplayer aspect becoming hugely popular following the release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare in 2007. No longer is the next Call of Duty anticipated to deliver a pulse-pounding blockbuster epic, but is instead desired for the new perks and killstreaks available to put those foul mouthed 12 year-old players in their place.
Having said all that, I know that the current generation platforms have been out for a while now and a majority of people will be picking the game up on them and therefore won’t be affected by this.
But the awful thing is the timing of the announcement; Black Ops III launches in six weeks and people would have been preordering it for months based upon the footage shown at events such as E3. Treyarch would have known for a while that the PS3 and Xbox 360 couldn’t handle the campaign mode, but haven’t said anything so as not to discourage old-gen players from preordering.
So what changed? Well for one they had to announce it sometime before launch, otherwise false advertising would come into play. But my money would be because now they’ve announced this monstrosity:
Disappointed that the game you preordered doesn’t have all the stuff you thought it would? There’s a convenient bundle to purchase instead!
Still, everyone’s into the new Call of Duty for the multiplayer and gone are the days of the blockbuster storytelling of Modern Warfare, so this isn’t the end of the franchise as we know it. Just being more upfront about it would have made this whole thing look a lot better.
Tom continues to be annihilated in Call of Duty multiplayer to this day, make fun of him on his Twitter: @tomdheath. Follow LoadScreen on Twitter, @load_screen, and like on Facebook for more news and reviews.