The third instalment in the Call of Duty: Black Ops series will hit stores in November, Activision have announced.
Black Ops III will arrive on Friday 6th November whilst fans who pre-order the action-shooter title will receive access to the multiplayer Beta version, details of which will be announced at a later date.
Developed by Treyarch, the award-winning studio behind Black Ops I and Black Ops II, Black Ops III will feature a campaign mode which can be completed as single-player or online with up to four players. It will also feature “most rewarding multiplayer ever offered in Call of Duty” and a Call of Duty: Zombies mode which features its own XP progression system.
The campaign mode deploys players into a future world, where biotechnology coupled with cybernetic enhancements has given rise to a new breed of Black Ops soldier. Through Direct Neural Interface (DNI) technology, players are now connected to the intelligence grid and their fellow operatives during battle. In a world more divided than ever, this elite squad consists of men and women who have enhanced their combat capabilities to fight faster, stronger and smarter.
“Nearly 100 million people have played Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, making it the most-played series in Call of Duty history and those fans are about to get the best Black Ops game we’ve made yet with Call of Duty: Black Ops III,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO, Activision.
“This is Treyarch’s first three-year development and, man, have they made the most of it; with a ton of innovation across all modes of play, and of course a mind-bending, wild ride of a story, Black Ops style. Our fans will get a taste for themselves with a Beta later this year. But for now, Black Ops is back.”
The Black Ops series is the most played in Call of Duty history with nearly 100 million registered players having played Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Black Ops II combined.
“Black Ops III is, without a doubt, the most ambitious project ever in the history of our studio,” said Mark Lamia, Studio Head of Treyarch. “Since the launch of Black Ops II, we have been pushing ourselves to develop the best Call of Duty game we can for the millions of fans that continue to play our games, even to this day.
“We’ve been taking advantage of the three-year development cycle by pushing our game design forward in every way imaginable, crafting all-new experiences, mechanics, systems and characters, all in the deepest Call of Duty that we’ve ever made. This really is like getting three games in one.”
Trey arch will also introduce its new Specialist system for Black Ops III, which lets players choose and rank up nine elite Black Ops soldiers, each with their own look, personality, voice and battle-hardened weapons and abilities, fundamentally changing the way players engage in combat.
“Call of Duty is an entertainment juggernaut that continues to reinvent itself year after year with new storylines and exciting features,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of merchandising, GameStop.
“We’ve been able to get an early look at Call of Duty: Black Ops III and are extremely impressed with what we’ve seen, and expect it to be a huge hit yet again.”
Call of Duty: Black Ops III will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
The official reveal trailer is available above whilst the first screenshots are also available below.