Dissecting Black Ops 3: Co-op Campaign, Zombies, Multiplayer, Protagonist

Last month, when Activision officially announced Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, a number of players rolled their eyes over the game for being another clone of previous installments.

However, in reality, the three year development cycle enabled Treyarch to bring in some welcome additions in the latest installment.

From 4-player co-op campaign to better AI, here’s everything Treyarch is bringing to COD with Black Ops 3 and this also includes all rumors and speculations:

Cooperative Campaign
For the first time in the history of Call of Duty franchise, Treyarch is introducing upto 4-player cooperative campaign in Black Ops 3. What’s even better is that the co-op campaign is far more than a mere gimmick!

Each teammate must put in serious effort while playing the game in cooperative mode since the number of players will dictate the campaign’s difficulty. Level design in Black Ops 3 is more spacious which will allow players to explore different areas and complete a mission with more than one approach.

Reportedly the game will also introduce a skill-based system which will reward players with skills based on positive actions and take back upon negative performance which will give rise to reward and punishment scenario.

Zombies Mode
Treyarch was the first developer who incorporated the popular Zombies Mode into the franchise. Black Ops 3 will also feature a dedicated Zombies Mode with its own unique storyline which will not tie in with the campaign’s storyline in any way.

However, the concept of ‘reward and punishment’ from singleplayer campaign will also prevail in the Zombies Mode. This will ensure a deeply enriched dedicated mode with vast replayability, according to Studio Head Mark Lamia:

“Black Ops Zombies will have its own full, player XP based progression system. That will add even more depth and replayability to what was already an inherently and really replayable mode.”

Female Protagonists
The singleplayer campaign of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is designed in a gender-neutral way which will enable players to opt for a male or female protagonist unlike previous installments.

In addition to this, Treyarch has also confirmed that character-specific customization options are in-engine instead of being pre-rendered and will also appear in third-person view during co-op campaign:

“You can be male, and you can be female. And by the way, that means you’ve got a full female track for the whole thing as well. So male track, female track. Customize that character, change the outfit, weapons, paint job- err, Paintshop, you know, all that good stuff.

Equipment that you’re putting on there. That is all represented in those third-person cameras and you are the hero of that moment.”

Campaign Director Jason Blundell also confirmed both male and female lead for the narrative in a roundtable conference:

“This was an interesting one. So we knew that we were going to do fully unique male, fully unique female, for all scenes, right? And all the customization that goes with both, so thank God we’re on Blu-ray, right?

When it came to the script, we said we wanted to do a singular script. A gender neutral script. The anecdote that we talk about is that on Aliens, the script was written assuming that Sigourney Weaver’s character was a man, and then she got cast, and they left the script alone.”

Unrealistic yet Fun-to-Play Multiplayer Mode
One of the complaints against Call of Duty multiplayer is ‘using the same formula over and over again.’ However, Treyarch is trying to revamp the entire Multiplayer Mode from ground up.

One of the few changes that players will notice right off the bat is the ‘Guns Up’ feature which will allow players to shoot while sliding, sprinting, or jumping.

Treyarch is also getting rid of ‘Dive to Prone’ action and replacing it with a Power Slide which will be longer and quicker than the one featured in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. In addition to this, the swimming is an integral part of the game as both weapon and other pieces of equipment will work while players are underwater.

In addition to this, there are a total of 9 Specialists in the game, each one with his or her own Special Ability and Special Weapon that can be used in a Multiplayer Match. The Specialists are heavily upgradable, customizable and do not affect a player’s create-a-class.

Lastly, with Black Ops 3, Treyarch is expanding the game’s customization features with new features called Gunsmith and Paintshop.

System Requirements and Other Details
The game is scheduled to arrive on PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One. The developer has announced full commitment to PC version this year and has stated that there are no ports as the game is being made on multiple platforms.

In addition to this, the developer has also announced that the game will arrive with native 4K support on PC. Here are the minimum system requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows 7 64-Bit / Windows 8 64-Bit / Windows 8.1 64-Bit
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i3-530 @ 2.93 GHz / AMD Phenom™ II X4 810 @ 2.60 GHz
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 470 @ 1GB / ATI® Radeon™ HD 6970 @ 1GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is scheduled to arrive on Nov. 6, 2015.

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