Call of Duty Black Ops 3 Campaign Not Possible on Previous Gen Due to Memory
Campaign director Jason Blundell wants the experience to be “pure” rather than simplified.
Activision and Treyarch dropped the news that Call of Duty: Black ops 3 wouldn’t feature a campaign mode on PS3 and Xbox 360, making it the first major Call of Duty title in years to keep its campaign exclusive to current gen consoles. In a recent interview with OXM (via GamesRadar), campaign director Jason Blundell gave one example – limited memory – why previous gen platforms couldn’t handle the campaign.
“Let’s just take a simple system, a really simple one–the weapon that you have. So it’s a co-op game. let’s imagine I have my customized weapon and I’ve made it with a stock and all this extended mag and so forth. For you as a co-op player to see what weapon I have, you have to have loaded in the memory–in resident memory–every single weapon customization. Current-gen memory just can’t do that. You’d have to have everything loaded otherwise you just can’t see what I’m carrying.”
Could things have been simplified for PS3 and Xbox 360? Maybe but that itself would have its issues. “I think [Activision] made the right choice because I would hate for people to get an experience that wasn’t true to the vision of it. As the director, I’m incredibly passionate about the experience being a pure experience, that you get what I was trying to have you get.”
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is out on November 6th for Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. What are your thoughts on the lack of campaign for previous gen? Let us know in the comments.