Another year, another Call of Duty. Like death, taxes, and Darryn being weird, these are the only certainties in life. Of course, with three studios working on Call of Duty now, each is given more than two years to make their next Call of Duty game – and this year, it’s up to Treyarch. They’re back this year with what’s more than likely a third Black Ops. Here’s what it’s about.
As expected, it takes a futuristic look at things, and likely keeps the futurist setting established by Advanced Warfare. In this trailer we see how “Mankind’s greatest mistake will be its inability to control the technology it’s created,” which thematically seems more than familiar.
It starts off with using drugs to improve human physique, moving on to mapping of the genome and then on to implants, nanotech and what seems very much like human augmentation, to DNA and brain upgrades. It eventually moves over to public outrage over “scientists playing God” and holy smokes, could this be any more like Deus Ex if it tried?
Probably, but then they’d get sued. And of course, were not the only ones to notice the similarity. The folks at Eidos Montreal obviously noticed too.
— Deus Ex (@DeusEx) April 23, 2015
Of course, Call of Duty and Deus Ex play rather differently, so it’ll interest in the game will be up to how Treyarch handles this imperfect future in Black Ops III – and critically, its multiplayer.
That said, I don’t think Activision or Treyarch should expect this latest Call of Duty to do quite as well commercially. Consumers have been burned in some way or other by the last two COD games, and just about every game these days launches broken – one of the reasons that gamers aren’t pre-ordering games. Because it’s Call of Duty though, it’ll have a long tail – and if Treyarch, who’ve become a fan favourite – do it right, it could help reignite love for the Call of Duty brand.
Last Updated: April 24, 2015