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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 adding franchise-first 'realistic' difficulty

Plus, Dead Ops Arcade will return and its max multiplayer level is revealed.

The trophy list for Call of Duty: Black Ops III has emerged, revealing new details about the latest entry in Activision's blockbuster shooter series. Starting off, a franchise-first "Realistic" difficulty setting is mentioned in the list, published by Exophase. This would appear to be the game's new toughest difficulty setting, above the existing Hardened and Veteran. No further details about the Realistic setting were divulged.


Past Call of Duty games have featured Recruit, Regular, Hardened and Veteran difficulty settings. The name "Realistic" would suggest that there may be no health regeneration, but developer Treyarch has yet to confirm any specific details. We'll have that information for you when it becomes available.

In addition, the trophy list reveals that the Dead Ops Arcade mini-game from the original Black Ops will return. On top of that, it appears the max multiplayer level will be 55. Head to Exophase to see all the trophies, but be warned, they contain some light spoilers for the main game and its Zombies mode.

Black Ops III launches on November 6 for all platforms. The last-generation versions of the shooter do not have a campaign mode, a point that will be made clear on the game's box. Recently, Activision conducted a viral marketing campaign for Black Ops III in which it live-tweeted a fake terrorist attack.