After a series of teases that included a Snapchat Easter egg and a bizarre trailer, Activision has finally officially unveiled Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Like last year's entry in the series, Advanced Warfare, Black Ops III puts players in a near-future world that provides plenty of high-tech gadgets and weapons to play with; developer Treyarch describes it as a world "where biotechnology coupled with cybernetic enhancements has given rise to a new breed of Black Ops soldier."
The game is coming to the Xbox One, PS4, and PC, and in addition to its traditional single-player campaign, it will also let you play through the story with up to four friends online. Of course, competitive multiplayer will also be a big part of the experience, and Treyarch says Black Ops III will feature "a new momentum-based, chained-movement system that allows players to move fluidly through custom-built environments with finesse," which sounds a bit like Titanfall, a shooter released last year from a studio made of former Call of Duty developers. A multiplayer beta will be launching at some point in the future for those who pre-order the game now.
"The most ambitious project ever in the history of our studio."
The debut trailer shows plenty of robots, drones, cyborg soldiers, and huge explosions in desolated urban landscapes. Not shown: zombies, which will be making their return to the series, with what is described as a much more in-depth spin-off mode, that includes a new style of character progression.
It's the first game in the Black Ops series since 2012, making it the rare Call of Duty game that has the benefit of several years in development. "Black Ops III is, without a doubt, the most ambitious project ever in the history of our studio," says Treyarch head Mark Lamia. The game will be launching on all three platforms on November 6th.