Well, today’s the day?Activision and Treyarch are finally lifting the lid on the next generation of their blockbuster FPS franchise, Call of Duty. Here’s everything that’s been revealed about Black Ops III, updated as we get in the news.
11:20AM: A few more quick details on the new Specialist aspect from IGN. Under this system, you’ll actually be picking from pre-created characters for multiplayer, instead of your own generic soldier. At least nine Specialists will be available, and each will bring his/her/its own skills and weapons to battles. This seems like an awfully big change?one that will make some players very happy, but perhaps not be as welcome to those players who prefer customizing their own soldiers. Given that Specialists are said to be a “third option” along with Traditional and Weapons XP progression systems, though, perhaps players will still have the choice of which they prefer.
10:34AM: Call of Duty fansite Charlie INTEL is saying that the Pick 10 system will be returning in Black Ops III, as will Scorestreaks. Also, we added one other new image (below) to our gallery?check out the full gallery at the bottom of this story.
10:32AM: Another detail seems to have been revealed: Gunsmith, where you can create your own weapon camos. Up to 64 layers can be placed, three sides of the gun (left, right, top?) available for layer placement.
10:23AM: According to IGN, here’s the minimum specs needed to run the PC version of Call of Duty: Black Ops III :
- OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 8, and 8.1
- CPU: Intel Core i3-530 2.93 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 810 2.60 GHz
- System RAM: 6GB
- Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1GB / ATi Radeon HD 6970 1GB
- Hard Drive Space: TBA
10:15AM – Zombies: Of course, given this will be a Treyarch-developed Call of Duty, it wouldn?t be that without the inclusion of a battle against the undead. Zombies mode will be returning in Black Ops III, offering a ?full-game experience? featuring its own dedicated storyline. As well, the Zombies mode will also include an XP progression system, one dedicated to that mode to increase the depth and longevity of this now-beloved side section of the Call of Duty franchise.
10:10AM – The campaign: A brand new campaign is at the center of the Black Ops III experience, and it promises to take Call of Duty to new levels. Looking to be less linear than previous installments in the franchise, each level is now set in an open-area arena, which will allow players to explore and take on objectives in different ways each time. Another step forward for the franchise that many have felt has been a long time coming? Campaign co-op. Up to four players can now tackle the story mode, and because of the openness of the settings, more players can offer more options for tackling each scenario?provide for a much larger amount of replayability than in previous games. Also, each and every player is customizable, from their weapons to their outfits, giving everyone a chance to show off their own style in single-player or multiplayer.
10:05AM – New movement system: Well, the new movement system for Black Ops III we hinted at earlier is indeed coming, as players will be able to use a chain-focused movement system that offers up options such as controlled thrust jumps, slides, and other abilities in a multitude of combinations?all while still being able to focus on firing weapons. Treyarch is promising that the game?s maps have been built to support both traditional movement and the new, more dynamic stuff, offer the best of both worlds, and the chance for players to decide what tactics they want to use or how to handle different situations.
10:00AM: Here it is folks?the official Call of Duty: Black Ops III trailer.
09:38AM: Call of Duty PR rep Alan Johnson just confirmed to our own Ray Carsillo on Twitter that the full reveal is indeed at 10AM today.
09:32AM: While we can’t confirm the source of all of the info, some details are starting to leak out about the game. Black Ops III is said to have wall running and jetpacks, with a lot of options for freedom of movement and attacking while making use of those options. Those are obviously elements that were also in Advanced Warfare, but we’re not sure yet how similar (or different) the two games may be in that regard.
09:23AM: Game’s box art has been revealed by the official site. It’s a safe bet the “Only on PlayStation” label isn’t meant to be there.
09:10AM: Looks like some screenshots from the game has now leaked, ahead of the reveal coming in 50 minutes. We’ve added a gallery to the bottom of this post, where we’ll be putting any images that come out for the game.
09:08AM: According to a Google ad, the reveal time for all of the Black Ops III stuff will be 10AM Pacific (as was rumored).
09:00AM: Black Ops III‘s beta page is now up, confirming both that the game will indeed have a beta test players can get into by pre-ordering the game, as well as the platforms being new-gen only. We knew that the beta would only be for those systems, however, so that doesn’t necessarily confirm that the game won’t be on PS3 or Xbox 360. [Beta page link]
8:50AM: We’re still waiting for the festivities to kick off (and to find out exactly when they’re kicking off), word seems to have leaked that the game will only be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Not confirmed by Activision yet. We definitely assume that Treyarch is only working on those versions, but not certain that older platforms would be dumped just yet.