Black Ops 3 Will Grace Last-Gen Consoles After All

by on 06/09/2015

When Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 was originally announced by Activision, it was only confirmed as coming to Playstation 4, XBox One and PC. Fans seemed to take this news well; the general opinion was “good, now they can focus the entire budget on making the game look as amazing as possible.”
Looks like we’re getting last-gen ports anyway. Activision announced on their blog this morning that it was happening.
“Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 has been designed to harness the full potential of the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. However, we know that there are still some fans that haven’t made the transition to the new console hardware, which is why we’re happy to share that we’re [making] Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Xbox 360 and PS3 players will be able to experience Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’s gameplay across campaign, multiplayer and zombies.”
The big question is, does this take away from the next-gen budget? The answer to that is no, because these ports are being coded into existence by other studios: Bennox Studios is handling the XBox 360 version and Mercenary Technology is creating the PS3 version. It’s unknown what will have to be sacrificed to get the game running on those systems, though Activision has already admitted one thing that will have to go is the four-player co-op (it will be two player co-op on 360 and PS3).
Another thing the XBox 360 and PS3 won’t have is the beta version of the game, which was announced earlier. To get the chance to try that out, you’ll have to be a member of the current generation.
So if they’re making lower-tech versions of Black Ops 3, how about that Wii U version, eh? …There’s still no word from Activision on that one.

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