Without a doubt, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is one of the most highly anticipated titles of the year. In fact, some fans would argue that its showing at E3 2015 made for one of the best gameplay demos presented at the press conference. So whether it’s because of the game’s award-winning multiplayer, its epic story campaign, or its zombies mode, a lot of players are definitely excited about the first-person shooter’s imminent release.
Although the futuristic FPS offers many different ways to experience the game, the majority of fans would say that the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 gameplay they’re looking forward to the most is its multiplayer feature. With that in mind, franchise devotees should be thrilled to know that Treyarch Studios have officially announced that Black Ops 3‘s multiplayer beta will go live for August 19.
While the beta is set to be released first for the PlayStation 4, likely due to Activision’s exclusivity deal with Sony, the test will eventually be available for the Xbox One and PC at a later date. Setting aside the delight of PlayStation 4 fans, it should be known that in order to get in to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3‘s beta, gamers must first pre-order the title so as to gain access.
In light of this announcement, it’s worthy of note that casual gamers looking forward to testing Black Ops 3‘s new features – namely, the fresh Specialist classes – should set their expectations to an even keel, as our multiplayer preview at E3 2015 gave us mixed results. However, Call of Duty diehards ought to be pleased with Treyarch Studios sticking with classic standbys such as the scorestreaks and perks, as well as their incorporation of several dynamic implementations, such as special abilities akin to Destiny‘s “Supers”.
With all of this in mind, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 may not raise the bar in terms of revolutionary gameplay, but it is important to observe that Activision and Treyarch Studios are at least attempting more rather than just slapping a fresh coat of paint on the series. In fact, both companies took a big risk after changing the business model by switching to a three year development cycle in order to make vast improvements to the title so as to ensure a quality product gets released.
Regardless, for the time being, Call of Duty retains its status as one of the most recognizable franchises in the industry, which should ensure that Black Ops 3 garners some successful day one figures. And although it may sound gimmicky at first, Marshawn Lynch’s inclusion as a villain ought to get the game even more press once it releases later this year.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is set for release on November 16, 2015 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.