If you play Call of Duty for the single-player campaigns, you’ll need to have a modern console. Activision has confirmed that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will only feature multiplayer and Zombies modes on PS3 and Xbox 360.
The studio explains in a new blog post that the game has been “designed from day one to harness the full potential of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC”, and will push the boundaries of the franchise – and of the hardware you choose to play it on.
Primary developer Treyarch is focussing its attentions solely on the next-gen hardware, leaving PS3 and Xbox 360 to additional developers at Beenox and Mercenary Technology, but it seems that the “ambitious scope” of the game “could not be faithfully recreated” on older hardware.
Delivering the best possible gameplay experience on all platforms is always our highest priority. With that in mind, Black Ops 3 PS3 and Xbox 360 players can continue to look forward to a new experience of Black Ops 3 multiplayer, including the new momentum-based, chain-movement system, as well as the all-new Specialist class of 9 Black Ops soldiers, which fundamentally change the way players engage in combat.
You’ll also miss out on “other features built to leverage the next generation hardware” – including the new eSports tools and Weapon Paint Shop, but PS3 and Xbox 360 players will get all-new 1940’s film-noir inspired Zombies mode, “Shadows of Evil”.
Because the game will be missing so many things on older hardware, Activision has confirmed Black Ops 3 will be significantly cheaper on PS3 and Xbox 360 (a suggested RRP of US$49.99, but that will vary by region), and will contain a bonus download code for the original Call of Duty: Black Ops.