Here’s Why Call Of Duty: Black Ops III Will Be Multiplayer-Only On Xbox 360 And PS3
A few months ago we shared the news that Call of Duty: Black Ops III would be coming to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, as well as the now current generation of consoles.
Questions arose as to why. Surely the experience won’t be the same, and surely it won’t be the best version of the game. But what else will be different between the versions? Well, campaign director Jason Blundell has revealed a bit more, and the short version is that you’re not getting a singleplayer campaign if you choose to buy Black Ops III for your previous-gen console.
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Speaking in an interview, Blundell explained that previous-gen consoles could not power the four-player co-op that Black Ops III was going for, citing memory issues as the biggest problem.
“Let’s just take a simple system, a really simple one–the weapon that you have,” explained Blundell. “So it’s a co-op game. Let’s imagine I have my customized weapon and I’ve made it with a stock and all this extended mag and so forth. For you as a co-op player to see what weapon I have, you have to have loaded in the memory–in resident memory–every single weapon customization. [Previous]-gen memory just can’t do that. You’d have to have everything loaded otherwise you just can’t see what I’m carrying.”
So why not simplify things? It’s possible, but according to Blundell, it comes with its own downsides.
“I think [Activision] made the right choice because I would hate for people to get an experience that wasn’t true to the vision of it,” Blundell continued. “As the director, I’m incredibly passionate about the experience being a pure experience, that you get what I was trying to have you get.”
Activision previously stated the following on the matter: “The ambitious scope of the 1-4 player co-op campaign design of the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions could not be faithfully recreated on old-generation hardware.”
Which, I guess, is fair enough. Better to have that than to have to dumb down current-gen versions for older consoles, regardless of the player base.
It should be added that not all of the multiplayer additions will be available on previous-gen versions. Even that is stripped down, with the Weapon Paint Shop, and all eSports-focussed tools removed from the experience. Previous-gen versions will still retain the core gameplay and other additions to the multiplayer for Black Ops III, however there is no confirmation just yet on the popular zombies mode.
Previous-gen Black Ops III is currently in development at Beenox and Mercenary Technology, and will run at 30FPS — a massive departure from previous Call of Duty titles that ran at 60FPS in multiplayer — with the newer-gen version in development at Treyarch running at a smooth 60FPS. To help offset the differences, previous-gen versions of the game will ship with the original Black Ops, and cost $50 instead of $60. Silver linings…
Which platform will you be picking up Black Ops III on?