Today, Activision and Treyarch unveiled a teaser trailer for 2015’s Call of Duty entry, Call of Duty: Black Ops III. This is following a series of viral marketing stunts, including placing SnapChat ads within 2012’s Black Ops II. A full reveal of Black Ops III was dated at the end of the trailer for April 26, 2015.
There’s just enough information to pick out of the Black Ops III teaser trailer to indicate that we’re going down the rabbit hole of sleeper agents and espionage again, staying in line with the storyline themes of the subfranchise. It will be interesting to see how Treyarch plans to approach their story after Black Ops II featured several branching paths which was a first for the Call of Duty franchise (short of saving Kiefer Sutherland’s Sgt. Roebuck in World at War, another Treyarch entry) at the time.
Also unannounced is whether Treyarch will further flesh out their Strike Force mode, which meshed elements of real time strategy with the frenetic action of Call of Duty’s first person shooting. The mode had potential but very much played better online than in single player.
Treyarch has come a long way from Activision’s perceived “B-team” and has since stepped out of the shadow cast by Infinity Ward. Black Ops was the best thing to happen to the studio and they also created the surprisingly addictive Zombies mode, which originally launched alongside World at War. While Sledgehammer Games has since come along to up the ante, thanks to last year’s stellar Advanced Warfare, there certainly is a fair bit of pressure to see how Treyarch reacts to the internal competition.
Advanced Warfare was a big step forward thanks to the speed and verticality the EXO-suits gave to players, greatly impacting multiplayer matches and strategy. I am curious to see if Treyarch is able to keep players interested in a more grounded Call of Duty experience, or if they choose to add some of Advanced Warfare’s mechanics into their game. It would certainly fit their technological timeline as Black Ops II was set in the near future, giving Black Ops III plenty of options chronologically.
From the Call of Duty Official Website:
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is the first title for next-gen hardware in the critically acclaimed Black Ops series. Developed by Treyarch, the award-winning creator of the two most-played games in Call of Duty history. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 deploys players into a dark, twisted future where a new breed of Black Ops soldier emerges and the lines are blurred between our own humanity and the technology we created to stay ahead, in a world where cutting-edge military robotics define warfare. With three unique game modes: Campaign, Multiplayer and Zombies, providing fans with the deepest and most ambitious Call of Duty ever.