The newest entry in the long-running Call of Duty video game series, one of the most popular “shooter games” in the world, has been slotted for a Nov. 3 release. That’s a Friday, breaking from the tradition of releasing major titles on a Tuesday. This story on attackofthefanboy.com says a beta version of the game’s multiplayer component could come as early as August, though it hasn’t been confirmed.
Black Ops 3 continues the series’ direction of heading farther into the future. For those who don’t know, Call of Duty started as a WWII first-person shooter (a game structure in which the player’s perspective is through the eyes of the character being played). The intensely popular series departed from its historical storyline with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare in 2007 before returning to its roots with a game set in the Pacific Theater of WWII, Call of Duty: World at War. The series came back to the present day with Modern Warfare 2 and has been moving ahead ever since. The chronology gets muddy in here, as Call of Duty: Black Ops, released in 2010, takes place during the Vietnam War. Black Ops 2 takes place in the 1980s and the year 2025. (Let’s not talk about Call of Duty: Ghosts, which is set in an alternate timeline.)
The following game, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare came along last year and changed the face of the series. Taking place in 2054, the game is full of weapons and enemies that don’t yet exist, plus a digital Kevin Spacey—a departure for a series that previously focused on hyper-real weapons and settings. Soldiers are outfitted in mechanical exoskeletons that enhance their natural abilities, and provide some new ones. The guns are also fictional, but designed as next-generation leaps from what we have today.
The new game, Black Ops 3, takes place in 2065, in a dystopian future set 40 years after the events of Black Ops 2. Technology has progressed to the point where robotics play a major role in combat, and supersoldiers have been developed (think cyborgs) for the battlefield. Word is this title represents a complete overhaul of the campaign, multiplayer, and Zombies modes of the game.
From the reveal trailer that dropped on April 26, the look of the new game on next generation systems (PS4, Xbox One) is amazing. Every gamer will be eagerly awaiting the future, which is apparently set to The Rolling Stones’ “Paint it Black.” Outstanding.