The upcoming “Call of Duty: Black Ops III” will be coming across current gen consoles, as well as the previous gen onesthe PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. However, the previous gen editions of the game will not include a feature that the current gen editions will getthe story mode campaign.
In his newest interview with the Official Xbox Magazine, game director Jason Blundell explained why they ended up deciding to totally scrap the campaign mode for the previous gen consoles. According to Blundell, leaving it out is somehow influenced by the incapacity of the memory of previous generations of consoles to cope with the game’s demands.
“Let’s just take a simple system, a really simple onethe weapon that you have,” Blundell explained. “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.”
While Blundell did admit that they could instead trim down the campaign demands so that they could incorporate it in a way that would be compatible for the previous gen consoles, it would compromise the vision they had for the game insteadand thus result in a lesser experience than the developers had intended for the players to have.
“You know you could simplify things down, but 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,” he continued. “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.”
In a previous statement, game publisher Activision said that the reason for the exclusion of the campaign for older consoles was because the highly ambitious campaign of the game “could not be faithfully recreated on old generation hardware“.
In a previous interview with GameSpot, Blundell said that despite the decision they made for “Call of Duty: Black Ops III”, he still believes that storytelling is an essential factor for any game to go on, citing that “the death of storytelling and the death of campaign is the death of society.”
Call of Duty: Black Ops III releases on November 6. It will be available for the PS3, the Xbox 360, PS4, the Xbox One, and PC systems.