Activision and Treyarch have revealed the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will not have a Campaign mode. Instead, it will just feature Multiplayer and Zombies modes.
In a statement published on the Call of Duty website, Treyarch has admitted the reason for this was due to the limitations of the aging hardware. “Beenox and Mercenary Technology have been working tirelessly to bring as much of the Black Ops 3 gameplay as possible to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360,” the statement reads. “The Black Ops 3 PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will feature Multiplayer and Zombies gameplay only, not Campaign. The ambitious scope of the 1-4 player coop Campaign design of the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions could not be faithfully recreated on old generation hardware.”
This isn’t the only limitation the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Black Ops 3 will receive as some other additional features, like the new Weapon Paint Shop and suite of eSports tools, will only be available for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions.
As a result, the last-gen versions of the game will be available for $49.99 and will include a bonus download for the original Call of Duty: Black Ops.
This is the first time Activision has published a Call of Duty title without the inclusion of a Campaign mode. Considering how many fans of the series tend to go straight into its multiplayer options, this doesn’t appear it could be a big deal, but for those that are looking for the complete Call of Duty experience, it’s certainly disappointing. We guess this is Activision’s way of telling gamers to get with the times and upgrade to an Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or to take their PC gaming a little more seriously in order to play Black Ops 3.
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Honestly anyone who's paying $50 for this on last gen is an idiot. That's 1/7 of the way from getting a current gen console or 1/8 for PS4
Calling them an idiot is a bit harsh. Activision is selling a lesser version of Skylanders Superchargers right now too and caught a lot of parents off guard. Call of Duty may be M-rated but parents will still buy it, though in this case maybe the kids only care about multiplayer. Still, it might upset some so they better clearly mark on the package that it's not the full experience. Skylanders for Wii actually does say "Racing" in the tile which would indicate it's different but parents who know little of games filled Amazon's listing with one-star reviews.