Ever since Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 was unveiled, Activision and Treyarch have been hyping the brand new co-operative campaign where up to four players can dive right into the story mode. It seemed like a promising take on the whole campaign thing, that was until Treyarch announced that it wouldn’t be coming to last-gen consoles.
The reason why? Last-gen consoles just can’t handle the sheer amount of power needed to run such a campaign.
In the latest issue of Official Xbox Magazine, campaign director Jason Blundell explained the reason for the omission, saying that it was a better decision to leave it out completely than to offer a paired-down version.
Before this announcement, the campaign for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 was set to be a co-operative affair for just two players rather than four, but it seems things may work out for the better if they just got rid completely.
[su_quote style=”default”]”Let’s just take a simple system, a really simple one – the weapon that you have. So it’s a co-op game. let’s imagine I have my customised 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 customisation. 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. 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. 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.”
Because of this though, Blundell made it clear that the campaign on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC will be the campaign the team set out to create.
“The wonderful thing about consoles and the PC market today is, as a director, I know you’ll experience it the way I wanted to communicate it,” adds Blundell. “So when they’re starting to say, ‘This is not going to be there, this is not going to be there, you can’t do this…’ I think it was the right choice to say, ‘we shouldn’t do that’.”
What are your thoughts on this? Are you happy that the last-gen version will be a multiplayer-only game? Or would you rather have a stripped-down version of the campaign on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3?