Whether you realise it or not, Sony teaming up with Activision for Call of Duty: Black Ops III is a big deal. It marks the end of a partnership between Xbox and Activision that lasted nearly an entire console generation, it probably cost Sony a fortune, and – while it won't necessarily guarantee the Japanese giant the spot of top dog – it's going to persuade a lot of undecided gamers to get a PlayStation 4.
Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg spoke to IGN about the deal earlier today. "The time was right for us to partner up with Sony," he said. "They really wanted it." Working with the publisher on Destiny may have helped, too. "When a first-party is really excited and gets behind your games it makes a really big difference. [Sony] did a great job with Destiny and helped launch that and make it successful."
The executive then went on to remind Xbox fans that although downloadable content is coming to PlayStation first, it will eventually be available on all platforms. "It's important to remember that this is a cross-platform game and everyone gets all the content eventually – and it's going to be the best shooter on any platform no matter where you want to play." Will you be running and gunning in Black Ops III? Parkour your way to the comments below.
CoD Meh... I'd Shell out big time for a proper battlefield 1942 remake...
I'm excited for black ops 3. Maybe it'll renew my interest in shooters, which for the past two years has been almost non existent
If its like aw count me out. Couldnt get into that game at all
Haha, now Xbox users will feel our pain.
Nobody feels the pain of Nintendo fans, though.
"The time was right for us to partner up with Sony"
More like "The PS4 install base is so high we would be idiots to not partner with Sony".
@Azikira I think nintendo fans couldn't care less anymore, as long as they get good exclusives. They probably lost fate in third party multi platform games a long time ago. Atleast I did, that's why I bought a ps4. (Wich is now my main console.)
@Jazzer94 Think you nailed it, they see which console is in first place and want to be a part of it
I'm more of a fan of the Battlefield series, in fact the last two -C.O.D's I returned after playing them for a short while, mainly because I got tired of having to resort to sniping from roof tops with every weapon, because traveling on the ground resulted in myself being snipped from above.
Now that I see that Black Ops 3 is following the same "wall crawling", "roof camping" aspects as last two C.O.D's, I'll most likely pass.
I don't think I could stand the obvious imbalanced aspects for a third game in a row.
But what really sux is that I had "very high hopes" for this because it was Treyarch's C.O.D! I "personally" think their versions of C.O.D up to this point have been the best.
I will try it, but I have a gut feeling that I'll most likely will be returning it just like the last two.
The best? And on all platforms? Maybe not and also parity... huh. For the CoD fans it will probably mean something, it depends I guess also, if 360 kids like the dualshock 4 or not.
@Azikira Nintendo fans have Splatoon though?
Can we go back to world war 1 now please?
Still won't play it but yay for those who care.
I have my copy already pre-ordered in time for the Beta! Black Ops 3 can't be as bad as Advanced Warfare was and it has Zombies too.....
"it's going to persuade a lot of undecided gamers to get a PlayStation 4" ... Really? People are going to buy a ps4 just because some dlc is coming out a couple of weeks before before? What ever floats your boat....
@darkswabber I always hold out hope that the multi-platform games will at least offer all the same content, which I am oftentimes let down. Injustice is a good example because it got -some- of the DLC characters but not all of them. We're sort of used to being spurned though, you're right.
@Bad-MuthaAdebisi This is true, but I mean the games that go multi-platform and the Nintendo ones are consistently inferior versions. First party titles are arguably the best on the Ninty side.
@themcnoisy -I wholeheartedly agree, or at least any era without "jump packs and wall crawling"...lol.
In the futuristic C.O.D's everybody tends to seek the "high ground" and then "it all but destroys" the use of the "lower level", because of said "jump & or boost packs", which in my opinion makes it "more boring" & imbalanced compared to older C.O.D's and than the Battlefield series.
As far as my favorite C.O.D's it would be "Black Ops 1 & 2, then World at War", with other older one's falling behind these.
so happy about this. i've been playing COD for years and always on playstation and i hated having to wait a extra month for the DLC.
I for one can wait for this game big cod fan(ya I know it sucks) but that just me. Don't care about dlc though, I bought every cod but aw and never got dlc for any of them. Don't really now why, anyway ya!!!
No thanks! Only shooter I'm interested in is Star Wars Battlefront.
I'm right there with ya! Can't wait to play some Battlefront!
I'm a bit mrrrow? about this one to be honest.
CoD achieved ridiculous levels of addictive arcadey twitch-shootey greatness with Black Ops, but Ghosts was bland and Advanced Warfare was merely good.
Nothing CoD has done since Black Ops has quite recaptured the madness of Nuketown, the ballet of violence that was Summit, or the ingeniously balanced killzones of Firing Range. The fact that these classic maps were reskinned in later versions doesn't inspire faith in the long-term viability of the series.
I see diminishing returns for the franchise, and possibly the whole genre of modern/near-future warfare themed military FPS games. Sony getting timed exclusivity now might not have the impact it would have had 5 years ago.
Genre fatigue is a thing. Point and click adventure games used to be huge, and platformers and flight sims have also declined since their heyday. CoD 4 came out 8 years ago, and the game mechanics haven't changed much in nearly a decade. Are we going to keep buying what is basically the same game every year? It seems to work for the FIFA franchise, but maybe not for CoD.
I don't think we'll get bored of FPS's, but I'd like to see some fresh ideas, or even a fresh take on old ones. Back in the early days of the FPS, there was a glorious profusion of settings.
To name a few - Doom, Quake, Blood, Redneck Rampage, Heretic, Rise of the Triad, Marathon, Duke Nukem, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Descent, Half Life, Goldeneye 007, and one of my purrsonal faves: Outlaws.
I love headshots as much as the next cat, but I'd really like to play something a bit different from the now well-worn CoD template.
How about a Wild West shooter on Morpheus, with antique shotguns, blunderbusses, revolvers and gunfights at high noon? You could be standing there in your VR helmet, your trigger finger itching on the Move controller, your heart pounding as you wait to hear "draw!"
Or a pirate-themed fighting game, where you have to battle other players with cutlass and musket to capture their ships. They could call it Call of Booty.
@BAMozzy my only thought "zombies!!!!" can't wait for Zombies on next Gen. It was amazing before with all the nice easter eggs, lets see how they crank it up now!
I'm not going to say it's not a big deal to some degree, but MS built up such a great partnership with Activision over the last decade with CoD that I don't think it's going to have a huge impact. It's like with the Batman games. Since Arkham Asylum, Sony has done a tremendous job with WB and Rocksteady building this up as a PS franchise eventhough it's actually not.At the end of the day, PS gamers, Xbox gamers, we all still get the same game Day one. The only difference is this time the Xbox crowd has to wait a little bit. And this holiday, Xbox gamers who like FPS also have Halo 5. I think they'll manage.
Sony really wanted it, and I reallllyy dont care... why spend money to lock out other players of content. Such a petty bussiness model..
@SuperCat - I totally agree. Black Op's 1 was definitely the best! It had a better ebb and flow as far as the back and forth battles between players on those maps.
I'm not looking forward to this one even though I'll probably at least try it, but I've got a "bad feeling" I'll probably end up getting tired of it and end up returning it like I have with the last several versions since Black Op's 2. I'll end up playing Battlefield until "Battlefront" comes out latter in the year.
I know it "won't happen" but it would be awesome if Activision and Treyarch would do a "Remaster" of "Black Op's 1" for the New consoles. As long as they'd stay true to the original without tampering with the gameplay, it would sell like crazy.
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