Treyarch Explains Why Call of Duty Black Ops 3 Isn’t PS4/XB1 Exclusive, Game Will Push Hardware

It’s all about making sure anyone can play, according to director of brand development Jay Puryear.

Posted By | On 20th, Jul. 2015 Under News

Call of Duty Black Ops 3

Treyarch will be returning to the Call of Duty fold later this year with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 in November. While some of its decisions have irked fans (just look at a few negative reactions to the new Zombies mode), it’s pretty much a given that Black Ops 3 will be a major success. The question is: Did Treyarch miss out on having the game only for current gen hardware?

There are arguments both for and against focusing on new hardware, as Treyarch director of brand development Jay Puryear told us. When asked about there being any specific reason why a previous gen release was happening, Puryear said, “Is there a reason?! We’ve got great fans. Call of Duty experiences are always about the community and fans and we want to make sure that everybody who wants to play Black Ops III can.”

Will the hype for Black Ops 3 be justified at launch, especially considering previous entries like Advanced Warfare didn’t quite set the world on fire? “Of course! Right? I mean look at it, the team has worked 3 years to pour their hearts and soul to deliver a product that will push on single-player campaign with four-player co-op on next-gen. We’re really pushing the system in the machine and hardware.

“If you look at all the innovations that we’re doing on multiplayer and really adding this combat loop, progression system, specialists characters. So, there is just so much content on the disc and then when we roll out our zombies I think you’ll see that we’ve got 3 games in 1. So, as far as the content and the experience we’ll get out of this, we think is absolutely by far the best.”

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is out on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and PC on November 6th.

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  • Reign SUPREEM

    We already know the answer to why they’re holding on to last Gen……more MONEY! Do I blame them…No, does it suck for current gen…Yes. They need to move on and just focus on current Gen.

    • Bezki

      Feels bad. Doesn’t it….

  • Dennis Crosby

    Questions he should of answered: Why Cod stuck in the future?, when will cod start to innovate again?, when can we get world at war 2?

  • GotNews4Ya

    Once again.. The Biggest FPS Video game of all times decides that it will be cross generation.. Giving little to no incentive to jump to next gen.. and also limiting the power they can use by keeping it cross generation. It is truly sad that it has gotten to the point where they would rather pump out the same garbage and leave it be cross gen instead of making the game better for this generation. This right here is why Call of Duty will cease to exist soon.. It just doesn’t seem to be making the right decisions when it comes down to trying to innovate and continue on in its dominance of the genre.

  • dapaintrain

    Isn’t last gen being handled by a alternate studio?

  • Ivan Johnson

    I think a lot of games are focusing on using the extra gaming power for adding all these bells and whistles to their games instead of making the games look next gen. They might run next gen with all the features. But a lot of them looks like bumped up xbox 360 games.. i think advanced warfare graphics looks a little better. Single player anyways.

  • Psionicinversion

    Translation…. Well we love the billion$$$ we get every year from pumping out trash to the die hard and we aren’t ready to give that up til ps5 comes out

  • James Roman

    Making a last-gen version is really no big deal. Advanced Warfare certainly didn’t suffer from it…it was a pretty impressive-looking game (and WORLDS better-looking than Ghosts). Plus I think the PS3/360 versions are outsourced anyway.

    • AndrewLB

      Having to reprogram the game in order to use outdated, inferior API’s is actually a big deal. There are only 35 million xbone/ps4’s in people’s homes… but many times that number when you factor in the older consoles.

    • Timothy Brown

      But think about how many of that 35 million still have their last gen hardware makes it not as significant. Then when you think that most people who have the last gen are just finishing back logs before moving on etc. You see that there is no point to keep producing for last gen., unless of course you don’t have a current gen platform

  • alex santana

    Graphics and gameplay suffer. Both games have to be somewhat identical in gameplay and graphics, so nextgen game can’t spread it’s wings as much as it wants to.
    Look at assassin’s creed. They knew ps3 couldn’t handle Paris in the slightest bit so they made separate games.

  • rorschach2

    Money talks

  • Mickey Mouse

    “Call of Duty experiences are always about the community and fans and we want to make sure that everybody who wants to play Black Ops III can.” The Wii U community says hi.

  • Of course they’re gonna make it last gen & current gen. Activision is a business. They create these games to make money, and the user base on last gen is huge so It really shouldn’t come as a suprise to anyone. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just how it is. I have a PS4 and 360 and it doesn’t bother me one bit it’s gonna be last gen too, it’s supposedly outsourced anyway. And even if it wasn’t – who cares? If you don’t like it don’t buy it.


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