While most video game developers are leaving the last-gen consoles behind by releasing their major triple A titles on the eighth generation consoles only, Activision has decided to cater to those who still have not made the transition to the latest consoles. The publisher has just announced that in addition to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the upcoming first-person shooter known as Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be making its way to the last-gen PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles as well.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Will Deliver "Best Possible" Experience on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 - Will Be Scaled Back in a Number of Ways Compared to Current-Gen Versions
Here’s some good news for those who still have not adopted the latest consoles, Activision has no plans to abandon its fans on the last-gen consoles just now. When Activision and Treyarch announced Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 back in May, there was no word on whether the latest installment in veteran first-person shooter video game series will be made available on the last-gen consoles or not. Today, the publisher announced that the upcoming shooter is also in development for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles.
In a blog post, Activision’s Scott Lowe explained that while Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 has been expressly designed to “harness the full potential” of PC hardware and the current-gen PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, the publisher also acknowledges that a considerable number of fans still haven’t made the transition to the latest consoles. Keeping that in mind, developers Beenox and Mercenary Technology will ensure that the game offers the “best possible” experience on the last-gen PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles as well.
Players will be able to experience Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s campaign, multiplayer and zombies gameplay modes on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 console. However, last-gen version of the game will remain low on some specific features and functionality compared to the current-gen version. Lowe also pointed out that the game isn’t planned for release on Nintendo Wii U console. Explaining the offerings of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles, Lowe wrote:
“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.”
Furthermore, Activision also confirmed that the upcoming next-gen Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer beta will only be available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game will launch simultaneously across all platforms later this year on November 6. Pre-orders for the last-gen version of the game are now open. Stay tuned for more information as Activision says there is a lot more to discuss about the game in the weeks and months to come.