Modder finds remnants of single player campaign in last gen Call of Duty

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is pretty good, if you’re in to the series. At least it is on the new consoles. It’s very nearly broken on PC, and is missing half of the game on the old consoles. For a long while now, I’ve been saying that the old-gen versions are garbage. They run at 30fps and look worse than the 360 and PS3 versions of the first Black Ops. They’re unlikely to get new maps as DLC, and contain just the multiplayer and the Zombies bits – with anything resembling a campaign nowhere to be seen.

Turns out there was meant to be one, and the decision to scrap it obviously came later in development than you’d imagine. An enterprising modder has pulled apart the game’s files on the Xbox 360 and found early, playable code from the single-player campaign. According to Neondiscovery (via Gearnuke), its runs well below 30fps, but what’s more jarring is that it’s obviously very much unfinished – missing many things people take for granted in video games. Things like textures.

Take a look:



Judging by those, it’s probably a good thing the campaign was scrapped. Treyarch has previously said that memory constraints are responsible for Black Ops 3’s extricated last gen campaign.

“You know you could simplify things down, but 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. 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.”

According to the latest data from GfK, 91% of the physical copies of the game sold were on PS4 and Xbox One in the UK. Just five per cent were on Xbox 360 and three per cent were on PS3. While that seems insignificant, the old gen versions still outsold Halo 5 and Assassins Creed: Syndicate last week.

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Last Updated: November 11, 2015


Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Dutch Matrix

    Meh. If they yanked that code, they could have labeled the game Blaps 3…

  • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    Wow, those grefix!

    • Still better than Fallout 4


      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        Oomph, ouch….

        But you are correct, I’ve personally grown used to the looks of The Witcher 3, it still looks like an oil painting, every vista, no, every moment in that game is breathtaking…

        • Ok, but to be serious did anyone see that video posted on reddit about the simulation STILL being tied to FPS.


          It’s 2015 Bethesda, 2015.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            It could be 2277, they wouldn’t care…

          • Oh you. I see what you did there.

  • Hammersteyn

    One thing though. Treyarch worked on BLOPS3 for three years. After playing the game I’m wondering what they did the first two years.

    • Dutch Matrix

      Polishing their knobs sorry meant to say code…

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      Shoh…. That bad hey?

      • Hammersteyn

        With the story,MP and zombies combined….. I dunno, maybe they cut half of the content for DLC?

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          Oigh… Just as well I didn’t get it, it’s a shame really, the idea of content not being included into the actual games anymore, I suppose milking the gamer community will be the next big Olympic sport…

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja


      • Hammersteyn

        So they didn’t work on the PC version?

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          25 minutes

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