Back in Black: Black Ops III

Currently cited to release November 6th of this year, the anticipation for Call of Duty: Black Ops III is palpable. The official reveal trailer was released one week ago and we’ve been hungry for more info ever since.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III takes place in a dystopian future set in 2065, forty years after the events of Black Ops II. Science and technology have radically changed both the landscape as well as the future of the human species, with society violently protesting and attempting to halt further advancements touted by scientists as “progress”.

The government lays accused of creating supersoldiers, human beings converted to be literal weapons–more machine than flesh and blood. And while the government seems to deem this patently absurd, we of course know they’re lying since we’ll be playing a team of those black ops super soldiers.

So that paints an interesting picture for the state of the government and your potential relation to them as a product of this highly contested and secret military project.

In fact with advertising so heavily hitting home the message that “Mankind’s greatest mistake will be its inability to control the technology it has created”, and knowing our team of protagonists will likely be part of that technology… it makes you wonder what kind of plot Black Ops III’s campaign will unfold. The Director of Black Ops 3’s campaign, Jason Blundell gave us a potential hint by telling us about DNI (Direct Neural Interface) which connects to each Black Ops soldier’s brain, offering both complete control over the soldier and “omnipresent battlefield awareness.”

So we have to ask ourselves? Are we the problem or the solution? Are we both? Only game-play will tell.

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Here’s what we DO know.

Customizable Campaign Characters. Who doesn’t love the ability to personalize? Your character will be completely customizable and come complete with their own progression system.

Four-Player Co-Op Campaign. Even if you’re looking to trek through the story, you can bring up to three friends along and work together to combat adaptive AI that can handle multiple targets.

Open Combat Areas. Since we’re looking at four-player co-op campaigns, it seems Black Ops III is aiming for giving you more room to run around without encountering a linear feel to each level.

Specialists. Nine new multiplayer classes which feature their own weapon and an ability that can be selected prior to the match. These are, however, separate from your load outs and may only be chosen once per match.

More Zombies. Admittedly not much has been said about Zombies quiet yet, but Treyarch has stated it will be a “full game experience.”

Pre-Order is currently available for Xbox One, PS4 and PC, including the pre-order of the Call of Duty: Black Ops III Digital Deluxe Edition. Pre-ordering will gain players access to the multiplayer beta as well as a personalization pack and two advanced supply drops in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The Bonus Pack can be unlocked in Advanced Warfare by searching for Black Ops on the Xbox Store and downloading the Call of Duty: Black Ops III Pre-Order Bonus Pack.

Reserve your copy today.

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Looking for more info about Black Ops III? Check in with TmarTn and Drift0r of the ASTRO Family for updates.

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