Treyarch and Activision showed off Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 at the Sony E3 stage last night, and it was as explosive as you’d expect from a game mostly about military hardware destroying countries. Shown off was both a slice of the campaign and the multiplayer, and we can see that the series is evolving in rather subtle ways.
Following on from Advanced Warfare’s attempt to make CoD’s multiplayer a much more fluid, momentum-filled game, Black Ops 3 looks more like Titanfall than CoD ever has. Wall running, wall leaping, fluid traversal of vertical environments: it’s all there. The change in movement and adding abilities did a lot to keep Advanced Warfare feeling fresher than older Call of Duties, so potentially this further strive for a faster, more athletic feel will work for Black Ops 3.
The campaign was pretty much business as usual, with scripted events and fireballs leaping from concrete everywhere. But the key notable changes are that the campaign is now 4-player co-op, which is something Call of Duty has been begging for since Modern Warfare 2 really. It makes sense to play the bombastic campaign with a friend or three. Everyone seems to have machine limbs, which lead into a variety of abilities that seem to be chosen off a radial menu.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 launches November 6th. This time around, all that console exclusive DLC nonsense belongs to PlayStation.