Treyarch have been revealing some details about the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 campaign mode, and they are bringing some new ideas into it. One of them is to have all campaign chapters already unlocked in a Netflix style of content access.
When players start the Campaign Mode for Black Ops 3 they’ll find that all of the levels are unlocked. This means that they’ll be able to go straight to the final chapter if they want. Speaking to Eurogamer Jason Blundell, director of the Campaign and Zombie Mode for Black Ops 3 revealed the reasoning behind this:
“It gives them the flexibility to consume the content how they want,” Blundell said.
“The unlocking level system is an archaic mentality we’ve had since we did bedroom development back in the day – you do this, then go on to the next one.
“Consumers and game players in general are far more mature these days. There are so many things vying for our interests today. It’s about, how do they want to consume it? Maybe they put it down on level two, and then they’re in work the next day, and some guy says, ‘dude, you’ve got to check out level four!’ And he’s like, ‘okay, I’ll have a quick look.’ That’s totally fine. I think it’s their choice.”
On the players who choose to go straight to the end, the story will be constructed in a way to make them want to go back to understand what they have seen:
“If you see the end you’ll say, I need to understand this more,” Blundell said. “When Netflix release House of Cards and do all the episodes, does everyone just jump to the end and go and play the last episode? Sure you can. But it’s about the journey, though, right?”
“Sure, people will jump on and play the last level. Okay. Cool. That’s up to them.”
“The way the story is constructed, it’s more than just the end moment. I’m sure there are many films and other media types where you could read the last page, or see the last minutes, but really you’ve got to experience all of the other stuff to truly enjoy it.”
This is an interesting and risky move by Treyarch, but as the campaign is normally the weakest part of the Call of Duty games, it will be interesting to see if this is a move to improve on that. With a strong story and a more open way to play it, could this be the year that the campaign mode is not just a part of the game to be skipped?
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