We are officially at that weird spot between console generations which means people are upset when a major release is only on PS4 and Xbox One, but other people are upset that other games are coming out on PS3 and Xbox 360. For what it’s worth, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is officially in the latter camp, despite Activision seemingly hiding the last-gen versions in most of its marketing.
Treyarch has even gone on the record saying that it is only developing the game for current-gen consoles and PC – and we’re happy to report the studio is not lying. Treyarch has nothing to do with the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions – those have been handballed over to Beenox and Mercenary Technology, but are still expected to launch at the same time.
Unfortunately, as Black Ops 3 is the sort of game that will push the envelope in terms of technology, and the PS3/Xbox 360 hardware is getting a little old these days, the games won’t be exactly the same across platforms. (Obviously, anything specifically designed for the new hardware has been ruled out.)
Other sacrifices must be made, too: Co-op play has been limited to two players instead of four. The upcoming multiplayer beta will only be available to PC, PS4 and Xbox One (although the finished versions of the game will of course include multiplayer options). And then there’s the matter of aesthetics – last-gen versions of Black Ops 3 simply won’t look as good as their current-gen brothers.
But: If you’re not yet ready to commit to an all-new console for some reason, it’s nice to see Activision are still giving you the opportunity to get into this year’s blockbuster release. Black Ops 3 is due out November 6 of this year for all five platforms – and we’re pretty much guaranteed to see more details come out of E3 next week.