I had a bit of a laugh to myself the other day – we had posted news that Fallout 4 would be new gen only. I wondered when that would still be news; aren’t all new games abandoning the old consoles faster than Sandy on a date with his “girlfriend”? Well, apparently I was wrong. Call of Duty is being good to the fans who have yet to upgrade.
In a blog post, Activision’s Scott Lowe explained that while Black Ops 3 will harness the full power of the new console hardware, developers Beenox and Mercenary Technology will ensure that those who haven’t upgraded can still play the latest Call of Duty.
Xbox 360 and PS3 players will be able to experience Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’s gameplay across campaign, multiplayer and zombies. While the teams are working to deliver the best possible experience for Xbox 360 and PS3, naturally there will be some differences across generations. For instance, the campaign mode on Xbox 360 and PS3 is currently in development with a goal of enabling two-player cooperative play, instead of the four-player cooperative campaign on next-gen. There will also be some other features and functionality built specifically for the new generation of consoles that cannot be supported on Xbox 360 and PS3. We’ll be sharing more information regarding feature differences from one console generation to another later this year as launch on November 6 approaches. Also, it should be noted that there’s no version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for Nintendo Wii U planned.
I like that some games are still made available to people on older platforms. I don’t think some games work as well with reduced functionality; from what I heard, Shadow of Mordor lost its soul of the nemesis system on the older consoles. However, I think Call of Duty could still be a whole lot of fun in a scaled down form on PS3 and Xbox 360. While most people would prefer to play the game on the latest hardware, not everyone can afford to upgrade and it’s nice for them to still be remembered by publishers. Plus, with so many millions of old-gen consoles still out there, it makes financial sense for them to avoid alienating such a large install base.
Last Updated: June 10, 2015