Call of Duty: Black Ops III PS4 PlayStation 4 1

People who read the last page of a book before anything else are the scum of the Earth in this author's opinion, but Treyarch has a different view. Speaking with on the back of a single player blow out, the developer has revealed that you'll be able to play Call of Duty: Black Ops III any way that you like – and that includes backwards if you so desire it.

Unlike previous entries, the game will have all of its levels unlocked from the outset, meaning that you'll be able to skip straight to the end if you so choose. "The unlocking level system is an archaic mentality that we've had since we did bedroom development back in the day – you do this, then go on to the next one," director Jason Blundell told the website, likening its approach to Netflix series House of Cards.

"If you see the end you'll say, I need to understand this more," he explained. "When Netflix release House of Cards and do all of the episodes, does everyone just jump to the end and go and play the last episode? Sure you can. But it's about the journey, though, right?" We preferred the book analogy, but apparently people aren't so keen on words anymore.

Of course, this approach makes sense given that the single player campaign in Treyarch's latest first-person shooter will be playable entirely in co-op. In fact, you'll be able to lend bigger and better weapons to less experienced players when you invite them to your game, levelling the playing field across the board. They'll have to be given back, but it's a measure of the accessibility that the outfit's targeting.

As appealing as all of this may be, though, we're concerned that it'll come at the expense of the bombast and tightly woven stories that the series is known for. Alright, the Call of Duty games have never had amazing plots, but we've always enjoyed the roller coaster-like nature of them. With the emphasis on co-op this time around, we can't help but wonder whether the set-pieces will take a back seat.