If you’re still gaming on a PlayStation 3 and/or an Xbox 360 and you’re eagerly anticipating the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, you’re in for a bit of a disappointment: publisher Activision has announced that the single-player and co-op campaign will be axed from the upcoming release because old hardware apparently won’t be able to handle it.
“The ambitious scope of the 1-4 player campaign design of the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions could not be faithfully recreated on old generation hardware. Delivering the best possible gameplay experience on all platforms is always our highest priority,” Activision was quoted as saying. This is in contrast to their earlier statement that a co-op (and by extension, single-player) campaign would still be available on these systems, though with a limited number of player slots available.
The multiplayer component will largely remain intact, with a few eSports features remaining exclusive to the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions. The Zombie mode will also still be available.
As compensation, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions will retail for a lower price – $49.99 instead of the usual $59.99 – and will enable users to download a copy of 2010’s original Call of Duty: Black Ops.