Over the last decade, Call of Duty has become known best for its exciting, and at times infuriating, multiplayer action. However, the studios behind the games continue to develop intriguing campaign storylines for their games that try to envelop players in mystery and action.
Thanks to a new video from developer Treyarch, it seems they’ll be doing this again in the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. As the below video shows, a little has changed in the newest Black Ops sequel, at least in terms of the game’s graphics and characters. But when it comes to the series’ signature fast-paced, over-the-top action sequences, everything is in place.
Story-wise, the Black Ops 3 video paints a very dark and violent future, a byproduct of soldiers going rogue and causing mayhem for others to clean up (i.e. the players). Based on what we assume is the protagonist’s voice-over, someone somewhere has sought to create the ultimate super soldier by focusing on improving the soldiers’ minds rather than just their weapons. In the video, one character mentions the use of something called the Direct Neural Interface, which makes the soldiers’ minds their greatest weapons. Naturally, this spells disaster on a global scale, and it’s up to one man and his team to stop the incredibly well-trained and persistent bad guys.
Speaking of bad guys, it looks like Activision is once again bringing a well-known actor on board to play the role of the game’s antagonist. In this case it’s Christopher Meloni stepping into the marquee role. He plays John, one of the soldiers directly influenced by the DNI. Based on the nature of the video, it’s almost guaranteed this John character will be the main villain in Black Ops 3 – most likely a soldier whose mind has become warped by the training.
Aside from the small bits of story given to players, the Black Ops 3 trailer shows off the impressive and sometimes unbelievable action sequences gamers have come to expect from Call of Duty. Sadly, that means that while the story may be different than those told in past editions of the franchise, the ultimate campaign experience will likely be very similar to previous iterations.
Granted, Treyarch and Activision are in a tough spot when it comes to creating a unique Call of Duty story for players. The studios need to stay true to their brand, but also want to provide a different experience than previous games. What often ends up happening, then, is a campaign that plays and feels like previous renditions, albeit with a few minor changes or added gimmicks. Hopefully, Black Ops 3 will offer players something truly fresh, new experience, though the trailer suggests otherwise.
That being said, it’ll be interesting to see if this is Call of Duty’s last attempt at a campaign mode for the series. Activision recently announced the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game will ship without the campaign, but instead will only provide the multiplayer experience for gamers. This could be a test for how they handle future Call of Duty campaigns.
Honestly, at this point, that’s really what Call of Duty has become: a leader in fast-paced, small map multiplayer warfare. And maybe by scrapping the story in future sequels, the team can focus on what most gamers seem to enjoy from the series: the PvP action. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.
What do you think about the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 story trailer? Do you think the campaign will be the same as previous games, or do you think they’ll deliver something new this time around? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is due out on November 6, 2015 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.