When Call of Duty: Black Ops III was announced in early May, neither Activision nor developer Treyarch would comment on potential last-generation versions of the game– Treyarch merely stated that the developer was only working on versions for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. By skirting around the question, it may not be a surprise that Activision has now announced Black Ops III is also coming to older platforms.
As announced earlier today via the official Activision blog, Black Ops III will see a simultanous release on not just “current” platforms, but also PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Unlike the main editions of the game, these versions are being developed by former Spider-Man developer Beenox in addition to Mercenary Technology. While the studios aim to make the last-gen versions play as close to the other versions as possible, Activision has already detailed one major difference: rather than including four-player online campaign co-op, the PS3 and 360 releases will only support two-player co-op. Despite lacking some features however, both versions will still feature Zombies and multiplayer alongside the campaign.
Activision has also made a small announcement directed towards gamers on Nintendo platforms: “there’s no version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for Nintendo Wii U planned.” While this might not be a surprise given that last year’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare also skipped Nintendo platforms, it may still be a disappointment to some, as both previous Black Ops games saw releases on multiple Nintendo systems.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III is set to release on November 6 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC. A multiplayer beta will occur in the coming months for all platforms but PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Source: Activision Blog