It's another year and another Call of Duty announcement as Activision has formally announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops III is a thing and it's coming in -- you guessed it -- November. The 6th to be exact.
The stage is set to the tone of The Rolling Stones' Paint It Black, the new trailer shows the evolution of the soldier as man and machine are at war, or in some cases, become one. One noticeable differences seen in the trailer is the increase of gore. In one instance, a soldier is blown to pieces. Another difference seen is the complete lack of mention for last-generation consoles. Could this be the end of the PS3 and Xbox 360 support usually seen by Call of Duty? We're just mere months away from finding out.
On the multiplayer front, Treyarch is trying something very new with the Call of Duty franchise. They're letting you pick a character type before a match starts. Much like in the likes of a MOBA, players designate the type of hero they would like to play as; each with their own set of unique weaponry and abilities. Think Dota 2 but way less intimidating or confusing. Treyarch has so far unveiled four different types with a handful more on their way.
- The Outrider has a compound bow and explosive arrow bolts. Outrider also comes with the ability Vision Pulse which acts as a radar enhancement and allows the player to see enemies through walls.
- Seraph has a weapon called the Annihilator that, by description, annihilates enemies with one shot with penetration rounds. The Combat Focus ability adds a bonus multiplier to killstreaks.
- The Reaper is a robot with an arm weapon called the Scythe. Its Glitch ability allows it to transport to its location it was in just seconds before.
- Ruin has a ground-pound weapon called Gravity Spikes that cause a massive area of destruction. Activating the Overdrive ability gives players better mobility for a limited time.
For those wondering, yes, there will be a zombie mode and although not much more was mentioned, Treyarch promises a robust story mode with an array of unlocks and progression.
Pre-orders for Black Ops III have officially begun and with it, an announcement of a multiplayer beta for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. All pre-orders of the game will come with a beta key for when the test run begins; something not done by the franchise since World at War.
Finally, the PC specs for those interested seem to be rather obtainable but if COD enthusiasts aren't ready, they have a few months to upgrade.
- OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 8, and 8.1
- CPU: Intel Core i3-530 2.93 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 810 2.60 GHz
- System RAM: 6GB
- Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1GB / ATi Radeon HD 6970 1GB
Black Ops III is confirmed to release on November 6th for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.