The publishers of Call of Duty Black Ops III, Activision, made an announcement back in June that the game would be available to outdated gaming consoles but with limited features.
Back then Activision said that one of the main limitations of the version of the game for Xbox 360 and PS3 would be that it would feature a two-player co-op campaign mode, whereas the version for Xbox One and PS4 would have a four-player one.
However, in the latest announcement by Activision and the game’s developers – Treyarch, it was stated that the game won’t feature a campaign mode at all for last-gen consoles. The Xbox 360 and PS3 version of the game will only feature the Multiplayer and the Zombies modes of gameplay.
Reason for this as stated by Activision, in this installment of the game, the gameplay is more focused on co-operative sense of play which will support up to four players. The four-player co-operative campaign mode of the Xbox 360 and PS4 versions requires quite high specifications to run and it will not be possible for the outdated consoles to run it.
Owners of PS3 and Xbox 360 can however look forward to other new features of the game which will include a momentum-based, chain-movement system for the multiplayer mode. A brand new Specialist class of 9 Black Ops soldiers has been created which will reportedly change the way a player engages in combat at a fundamental level.
An all-new Zombies mode has been added to the game called the Shadows of Evil. Players who would play the game on Xbox 360 and PS3 can indulge themselves in this new Zombies mode which will feature exciting gameplay inspired by a 1940s film-noir adventure.
Other new features like the new e-sports tools and the Weapons Paint Shop have also been incorporated into Black Ops III which will be exclusive to the Xbox One, PS4 and PC versions.
The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game will be available to fans at $50 as opposed to the new-gen console versions which will cost $60.
In another interesting post, it was reported that Activision has announced a Call of Duty World League and a Call of Duty Championship in the hope of expanding Black Ops III and the whole Call of Duty franchise to new audiences.
According to Activision the new league is being created to support the expanding community of e-sports fans. The league will not only provide professional level gamers an opportunity of further engagement into the game, it will also work towards inspiring and encouraging casual gamers and small time competitors of Call of Duty games.
The Call of Duty World league will consist of two divisions. The Pro Division and The Challenge Division.
Teams of professional players from Europe, North America, New Zealand and Australia will get a chance to compete in regional competitions in the Pro Division and try to win themselves a ticket to enter into the Call of Duty Championship which is scheduled to kick off In January 2016.
Whereas, The Challenge Division will let amateurs and casual gamers compete against each other. The teams that will win the competitions will also win a chance to compete in the grand stage of Call of Duty Championship they will get an opportunity to compete in a series of LAN events, against each other.