The global launch of the next installment of the wildly popular Call of Duty franchise – Black Ops 3 has been pegged for November 6 on the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Some believe that this is a rather odd date, and rightly so as games are typically launched on Tuesdays, and November 6 is a Friday. In all probability, this could be a ploy to boost the popularity of the game, as we saw with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launched back in 2014.
In addition, a public beta of the multiplayer mode will be accessible for those who pre-order the game. Although, we are not used to Call of Duty betas, this could likely help Treyarch negate the many issues that plague big budget games with their online multiplayer components. As of now, it’s still unclear as to when the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Beta starts, though we could hear an announcement at E3 2015 in June, when Activision and Treyarch will likely share more details.
Meanwhile, in other related news, Black Ops 3 could be going ‘open-world’. As per a leak by Call of Duty news site Charlie INTEL, this year’s installment in the Call of Duty franchise will feature a four-player co-operative campaign mode, allowing friends to take on the story together. The franchise is apparently abandoning its ‘corridor’ style of level design to go with open-ended environments offering more depth and freedom to explore.
The game is set 50 years in the future where soldiers use bionic suits and ‘cyber rigs’ to enhance motion capabilities. Unlike its predecessor, Black Ops 3 would allow players to wall-run along vertical surfaces, while these moves can be further chained together in the form of boosted jumps and power slides.
Treyarch claims that they have a developed a new graphics engine for the game, while the enemy AI has been updated to give them the freedom and the ability to react to players actions depending upon the situation. The studio also says that the PC version is the ultimate priority this year, with a focus on high-end rigs and 4k monitors.
More details of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be unveiled at E3 in LA in June, where the game will be playable on the show floor.