Treyarch reveals that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 players will be able to skip right to the final level of the game’s campaign when the title releases in November.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is going to take an experimental approach to its campaign’s format. Rather than having a traditional model for the single player mode, the upcoming first-person shooter is going to launch with the entire campaign available to play. This means that players eager to reach the end of the campaign, or simply excited to start on the recently tweaked multiplayer, will not have to play through any of the other levels in order to reach the game’s conclusion.
Speaking with Eurogamer, Jason Blundell said that the developer wanted to give players “the flexibility to consume the content how they want.” Blundell, who is the director of the campaign ofCall of Duty: Black Ops 3, indicates that the decision has been made to give gamers a greater level of choice. The director, however, still indicates that the levels do all tell a larger story, stating that the game’s finale is “more than just the end moment.”
Some gamers have been left a little bemused by the option, and it’s not the first time that fans have raised eyebrows over the Black Ops 3’s campaign. Last-gen players were extremely disappointed to learn that the campaign mode would not be available on Xbox 360 and PS3. Although the multiplayer and zombie modes will remain intact, it was still a blow for those who have not jumped to the current console generation.
The Black Ops series has occasionally flirted with controversy regarding its narrative, although that has often had to do with its content rather than its structure. After all, Call of Duty caught the attention of Manuel Noriega over use of his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and the former Panamanian dictator was not exactly happy with his representation. In fact, Noriega opened a lawsuit against Activision over the issue.
Treyarch has made a bold move in making the entire campaign available upon release. Although it seems to fly in the face of the importance of its own narrative, the ability to choose what level to play could certainly have its advantages. One such example could be the ability for a player to skip a level that they are not particularly enjoying, in order to continue exploring the game’s story.
That said, even Blundell himself, who also directed the Shadows of Evil zombie mode, does not seem to see why one would skip directly to the end of the game without at least attempting to play the rest of the campaign. ComparingBlack Ops 3 to Netflix releases such as House of Cards, Blundell said that the campaign was “about the journey” rather than about the end experience. Let’s see whether the game’s players agree.