Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release date: game will get PS3, XBox 360 versions, Activision confirms


Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will still be available for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, in consideration for fans who have not yet transitioned to next gen consoles, Activision has confirmed.

Unlike Assassins’ Creed and Fallout, who announced that they will only be releasing the games in PS4, Xbox One and PC, the studio announced that it is working with developers Beenox and mercenary Technology for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game.

The studio, however, announced that there will be no versions available for Nintendo and Wii, Kotaku reported.

“Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 has been designed to harness the full potential of the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. However, we know that there are still some fans that haven’t made the transition to the new console hardware, which is why we’re happy to share that we’re working with developers Beenox and Mercenary Technology on Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3,” the statement read.

It however, clarified that there may be some differences in the features of different versions as there are elements of the game that last gen consoles cannot support.

“For instance, the campaign mode on Xbox 360 and PS3 is currently in development with a goal of enabling two-player cooperative play, instead of the four-player cooperative campaign on next-gen. There will also be some other features and functionality built specifically for the new generation of consoles that cannot be supported on Xbox 360 and PS3,” the press release continued.

Following the announcement, gaming experts like Forbes‘ Dave Their have expressed concern that the development of last gen console versions may be holding back the game itself as the versions on PS3 and Xbox One may not have the same level of intensity a full on experience on next gen consoles offer.

“But the two generations of games are going to need to have a lot of the same core systems. That means there are some things that might have worked on Xbox One and PS4 that just wouldn’t have on 360 and PS3, and those things will need to be cut. Which is a shame: I have a soft spot for this series, even for all the hate it gets, and I want to see some of those trademark set pieces take full advantage of new hardware,” he said.