Treyarch Confirms Call of Duty: Black Ops III in Teaser Trailer

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIIToday, 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.

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John Malkovich Presents Exo-Suited Zombies

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Havoc DLCCall of Duty is sure becoming synonymous with celebrity cameos. And zombies.

Fresh off their fantastically received, future-shooter Advanced Warfare, Sledgehammer Games is set to begin their DLC cycle for their first Call of Duty title, beginning with the Havoc DLC pack. The Havoc DLC pack will include four new multiplayer maps and the addition of the Exo Zombie mode with one mode exclusive map.

Call of Duty’s Zombies mode was first introduced and popularized by developer Treyarch as an add-on to 2008’s World at War. They have since refined and improved the formula, garnering it one of the most popular modes in their following Black Ops titles.

The new Exo Zombies mode provides a new twist to the classic survival and resource management style of the Zombies formula by giving Zombies access to the same Exo suit technology that Advanced Warfare has built its style of play from. The speed and verticality of the new Exo suits already made Advanced Warfare’s multiplayer component a unique experience from previous titles and it is only natural that an added survival mode contain enemies that can make use of those new strategy elements.

Exo Zombies also continues the trend of inserting celebrity facsimiles as playable characters in a pseudo-story ala Left 4 Dead. This time around John Malkovich leads a ragtag group of Atlas survivors including Rose McGowan, Bill Paxton and Jon Bernthal. Malkovich always manages to captivate, no matter what his performance medium and he seems to have taken an approach similar to his character, Cyrus “The Virus” from Con Air.

While possibly the highest profile group of celebrities to grace Call of Duty’s gameplay at one time, Call of Duty has already had the likenesses of Kevin Spacey, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Danny Trejo, George Romero and even JFK and Richard Nixon as characters in their universe. They certainly have been able to have a little fun with their modes, be it the serious roles that actors like Spacey play or the more off-beat Zombie modes that the ex-presidents and horror stars appear in.

The Havoc DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will launch tomorrow, January 27 on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 for $14.99. Season Passes that include the Havoc DLC and three future packs costs $50. Due to the timed exclusive deal with Microsoft, the DLC will appear on PlayStation consoles and PC at a later date, most likely a month afterwards.