Last month, Black Ops III was revealed as the next installment in the continually popular Call of Duty series, offering up the franchise's patented brand of FPS action with a liberal helping of the future tech seen in Advanced Warfare. Now, fans are wondering just what platforms the title will see release for.
Suspicions were raised when the Black Ops III website offered visitors the chance to link their Nintendo Network ID, suggesting that the game would be ported to the Wii U. Last year's Advanced Warfare didn't make it to the console, with 2013's Ghosts being the last time the franchise appeared on a Nintendo system.
One interested fan took to Twitter to ask Activision support whether Black Ops III would indeed make it to the Wii U. In response, the official account advised to "stay tuned for more Wii U releases." While this could just be a stock reply, it seems to suggest the franchise is set to employ a similar strategy to the one implemented last time new consoles were released.
When the industry was making the shift from the Xbox, PlayStation 2 and GameCube to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii, there were typically two Call of Duty games released in a year — one for the current generation of systems, and one for the previous set.
Black Ops III is not currently scheduled to release for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but there's still a large audience of players yet to upgrade their system who would eagerly purchase the new Call of Duty. As such, it could well be the case that Activision are prepping a second title to target those systems as well as the Wii U.
Games like Finest Hour and Big Red One were designed to be supplementary to the main series, offering a different campaign but sharing mechanics. It wouldn't be surprising to see another studio work on a spin-off of Black Ops III for other consoles — or perhaps even a title based entirely around the game's ever-popular Zombies mode.
What's clear is that something is in the works. Between the cryptic support tweet from Activision and the Nintendo content on the Black Ops III site, something is brewing for Call of Duty fans. Expect to see something concrete arise sooner rather than later.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III is scheduled to launch for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on November 6, 2015.