The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops III will not come with the game's campaign mode. Instead, last-generation players are only getting the multiplayer and Zombies modes. Activision made the announcement Friday, saying the game was designed from the ground up to "harness the full potential" of PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. As such, the game's campaign isn't making the cut on last-gen systems.
"The ambitious scope of the 1-4 player co-op campaign design of the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions could not be faithfully recreated on old generation hardware," Activision said.
The last-generation version of Black Ops III is being developed by Beenox and Mercenary Technology, not principal developer Treyarch Studios.
The multiplayer mode featured in the PS3/Xbox 360 versions of Black Ops III include the game's new movement abilities and new characters, just as it does on current-generation platforms and PC. In addition, the zombies mode, "Shadows of Evil," will be playable in its entirety. However, Activision did not say if multiplayer or Zombies were in any way dialed back for last-generation systems (outside of graphics).
In addition, Black Ops III's new Weapon Paint Shop as well as its new esports-focused tools will only be present on PS4, Xbox One and PC. These changes will be noted on the game's box.
Finally, Activision announced today that Black Ops III for PS3/Xbox 360 won't be full-price game, as it will sell for $50 instead of $60 (currently the game lists on Amazon UK at £44 and EB Games in Australia at AU$100). The company also revealed that it will come with a free copy of the original Call of Duty: Black Ops.
The Black Ops III release date is set for November 6 across all platforms. How do you feel about Black Ops III losing these features for last-gen systems? Let us know in the comments below.