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Activision announces ‘Black Ops III’ as the next ‘Call of Duty’ installment

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Players will again be taken into the future in the new "Black Ops III"

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Players will again be taken into the future in the new "Black Ops III"

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It is no secret that “Call of Duty” (COD) is one of the world’s best-selling videogame franchises around and that it has  hit some tough spots within its long and profitable history. “COD: Ghosts” was one such game which received mixed reception from both fans and critics with praise going towards it multiplayer, but receiving negative criticism for its story.

However, “COD: Advanced Warfare” fared better and reignited what little faith was lost within the franchise with reinvented gameplay mechanics and a more focused storyline even though sales were still slightly down from “Ghosts.” With a new three year cycle shared between developers Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games, each new “COD” has the potential to be better game with more development time.

This year, Treyarch is up to bat with their new “COD” installment, “Black Ops III” which will be a direct sequel to 2012’s “Black Ops II.” Teasers were released before the actual gameplay trailer was revealed on 26 April. It revealed new gameplay, characters, a brief glimpse of multiplayer, and the returning fan favorite Zombies mode.

The game’s campaign will take place in the year 2065; forty years after the events of “Black Ops II” and focuses on a group of advanced black op super soldiers who are part human and machine. The game will feature a new campaign that will support 4-player cooperative gameplay, a fully customizable soldier that can be either male or female and will be the first “COD” game to feature a leading female protagonist. The campaign will also have more open arena-like levels that allow objectives to be completed in more ways than one which increases replayability.

Multiplayer will feature a new moving system, a new class system called “Specialists” and a new “Gunsmith” feature that allows for weapon customizations that can be combined in a number of different ways.

The returning Zombies mode has also had a facelift with a new narrative that is separate from the campaign and features its own XP progression system for the first time in “COD” history. The game can be pre-ordered now with a Digital Deluxe Edition also available aside from the standard which includes the season pass unlike the standard edition.

The game is set for a 6 November release and will be available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.  Those that also pre-order the game will gain Beta access sometime in the future.

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