Treyarch reveals the inclusion of a new level-based competitive mode for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 called Free Run, which tests players’ speed and control skills.
During today’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 livestream, Treyarch revealed a fresh mode called Free Run, and used it to showcase several of the new movement options to be included in the forthcoming first-person shooter. Free Run is comprised of four obstacle courses, each of which will become more difficult as players progress.
In order to beat the courses within the allotted time given, gamers will use different moves such as jumping, sliding, and parkour tactics. Of course, trial and error will be a factor, as fans figure out which consecutive combination of movements will work best so as to finish the area as quickly as possible. Successful completions will be posted on Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 leaderboards along with players’ officially clocked times.
In addition to Free Run, developers discussed Black Ops 3‘s matchmaking system, confirming that it will always take network functionality into consideration before players’ skills, much like Black Ops 2‘s online components did. The decision to do so is supposed to make certain that teams are properly balanced once lobbies are created. Treyarch also made mention of the game’s Loyalty Personalization Packs, which will reward fans with in-game items after reaching certain levels in Black Ops 2, Advanced Warfare, and Ghosts who have also linked their accounts to the upcoming sequel’s servers.
Free Run is the latest mode to be introduced to Black Ops 3‘s bevy of game-types, including the recently announced Gun Game, the classic Team Deathmatch, the series’ ravenously popular Zombies, and much more. Plus, as is typically standard with all Call of Duty titles, fans will also be able to take part in a brand new single-player mode, and Treyarch has said its story details are “really screwed up”. Unfortunately, gamers who are stuck with last-gen consoles will have to upgrade if they want to experience the narrative, for there will be no single-player campaign for Xbox 360 or PS3.
The inclusion of Free Run should prove to be a fun, if not necessary addition to Black Ops 3. Not only will it give fans a chance to learn the controls without having to worry about battling foes, or maintaining a killstreak, but it should also help them become more proficient with agility, which is key for getting the drop on opponents.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is set for release on November 6, 2015, for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.