It just wouldn’t be the fall without a new Call of Duty. Keeping any annual franchise fresh and engaging is always going to be challenging, even one that has the weight of a massive, devoted multiplayer community behind it like Call of Duty. These days CoD fans at least have a little variety in the form of multiple different sub-franchises within the games, including the Modern Warfare trilogy, the future-set evolution Advanced Warfare, Ghosts (assuming they ever make another one), and Black Ops. It’s that latter corner of Call of Duty that will be cracked open again this fall, with Black Ops 3 continuing the franchise’s exploration of near-future warfare.
A day after the internet stole some of Black Ops 3‘s thunder by leaking the release date and other details ahead of the official reveal, the first full gameplay trailer has arrived online. Check it out up top, packed with future soldiers leaping huge distances and punching robots in the face.
Activision shared the reveal trailer on their official blog, along with confirming many of the details that were leaked yesterday. Black Ops 3 will continue in the near-future setting introduced in Black Ops 2. That game split the storyline between the “second Cold War” in 2025 and the original in the late ’80s, but it looks like the third Black Ops will keep the focus on the near future.
Continuing the trend of recent CoD games, Black Ops 3 will put players in the role of soldiers equipped with bleeding-edge combat tech and cybernetics straight out of the Deus Ex games. As Activision‘s blog post puts it, “Empowered by Direct Neural Interface (DNI) technology, players will assume the role of Black Ops soldiers that are interconnected, faster, and more lethal than ever.”
Among other things, the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 trailer confirms a few of the prior rumors regarding Treyarch’s current-gen only game. For starters, the faster movement options suggested by the leaks are on full display, highlighting an agile fighter capable of dashing in and out of combat at a moment’s notice. He’s also got a lot of interesting futuristic tools at his disposal, including the ability to hack drones, send out a nano swarm, and it even looks like his arm transforms into a heavy machine gun.
The trailer also appears to confirm that Black Ops 3 will offer a 4-player co-op campaign, if only because the characters are always seen running in groups of four. But of course that’s just us assuming here.
One thing is clear, though; Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is going for something slightly off of center. Treyarch has typically been afforded the most freedom when it comes to innovation and here there focus appears to be on open combat scenarios with very fast movement.
They’re also the studio known for Zombies, so stay until the end of the trailer for a special tease.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is rumored to release November 6, 2015 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.