Activision has revealed the first details for Call of Duty: Black Ops III, the newest entry in gaming’s biggest first-person shooting franchise. Taking place a few decades after the catastrophic, history-changing events of Black Ops II, Black Ops III is set to inject more new technology and mechanics than any Call of Duty franchise in years.
Calling in reinforcements
Harnessing the power of cybernetic augmentations and a new sub-dermal technology called Direct Neural Interface, soldiers in the campaign are more capable to combat the threats that face them than ever before. DNI technology enables soldiers to communicate with one another in new ways, which comes in handy when considering the new design approaches the campaign of Black Ops III takes.
Designed to work with four-player online co-op or solo play, the levels feature larger environments and off the rails sections where players engage in open area battles created to increase the possibilities on the battlefield. With these new open sections aiming to increase the replayability of the campaign, Treyarch has built a new animation system and rebuilt its AI to be more reactive to the diverging approaches players take.
The aforementioned augmentations also give players a variety of choices when deciding how to approach these open areas. Cyber Cores and Cyber Rigs are new technologies that are available to the players. Cyber Cores consist of skills like remote hacking and deploying swarms of nanodrones, while Cyber Rigs provide players new movement and defensive capabilities. Soldiers also have access to T-Mode, which enables co-op players to visualize the battlefield with threat assessment overlays and highlights so that they can help each other out more quickly.
The campaign also features a customizable safe house where co-op players congregate between campaign missions and show off their earned medals and achievements. Players can also access a Wiki within the game to learn more about the backstory and the current situation of the world.
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