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Everything you need to know about Call of Duty: Black Ops III

Last night Treyarch finally released the official Call of Duty Black Ops 3 reveal trailer as well as a a stack of game info ranging from plot, multiplayer, classes and release dates, to name but a few. Before we work through the game details, let's allow the reveal trailer to answer that controversial question, Is Black Ops III a Deus Ex clone?

No, it's still Call of Duty. What say you?Black Ops III will release on November 6 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. According to Treyarch Studio Head, Mark Lamia, they are not currently working on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 or Wii U versions.

Four-player, co-op Campaign

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 campaign plays off in 2060, 35 years after Black Ops 2 conclusion. Countries from around the world have acquired a technology called DEAD (Directed Energy Air Defense) which has disabled air forces from being effective instruments of war. Military forces have become the most effective combat tool, as a result of the paralyzed Air Force.    

DNI (Direct Neutral Interface)  is a brand new technology that has changed the way soldiers interact with the world. DNI allows soldiers to integrate their physiology with computer systems. Examples of ways the humans integrate themselves with technology range from enhanced limbs to having the ability to hack remote equipment with your mind.

In addition, the Black Ops 3 campaign can be played with up to four friends.

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New Specialist System

Black Ops 3 will have a brand new way for players to rank and level up via the new specialist character system. There are nine specialist classes in total. Each class has two unique abilities. You are allowed to pick one specialist and one of the powers before each online match. 

Treyarch revealed four out of the nine specialist that will be in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3:


  • Power Weapon: Gravity Spikes – takes out nearby enemies with a powerful shockwave
  • Ability: Overdrive – gives players a burst of speed for a short period of time


  • Power Weapon: Annihilator – high-caliber revolver that instantly kills any enemies in the bullet’s path
  • Ability: Combat Focus – temporarily adds a multiplier to score in order to help players rack up score streaks


  • Power Weapon: Sparrow – compound bow featuring explosive bolts that stick in enemies
  • Ability: Vision Pulse – senses where nearby enemies are and highlights them for a short period of time


  • Power Weapon: Scythe – transforms Reaper’s robotic arm into a powerful mini-gun
  • Ability: Glitch – teleports the player to a position from a few seconds before

Source - GameInformer

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Pre-order for access to the Beta

In a video released by Dirft0r, the multiplayer beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will open a few months before the November the 6th release. The beta will last for a few weeks and will be open to anyone who pre-orders the game.

Lamia added "The public MP beta will be available for anyone who pre-orders the game. We want people to play before it launches. The team is so excited to offer this opportunity, which is something the franchise hasn’t done since Call of Duty: World at War.”


Three Black Ops 3 multiplayer maps revealed

Treyarch have revealed three multiplayer maps that will be included in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 

  • Combine – A Saharan research facility with open areas and tight corners.
  • Stronghold – A Swiss chateau up in the Alps.
  • Hunted – Ethiopian hunting lodge with water fall.

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Skill-based matchmaking changes

Ali-A the Call of Duty guy, visited Treyarch's Black Ops 3 studio a while back. He confirmed that BLOPS III's matchmaking system will be similar to that of Black Ops II as opposed to that of Advanced Warfare. A lot of Call of Duty fans complained about the intense skill-based matchmaking of Advanced Warfare, so it's a good move on Treyarch's part to lean more towards the Black Ops II system.


Minimum PC Specs

Treyarch released the minimum PC specs for Black Ops III, with the recommended still under wraps.

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 8, and 8.1
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-530 2.93 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 810 2.60 GHz
  • System RAM: 6GB
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1GB / ATi Radeon HD 6970 1GB
  • Hard Drive Space: TBA
  • DirectX11

Theater Mode to return to Black Ops 3

David Vonderhaar, Treyarch's game designer director, and Mark Lamia, the studio head at Treyarch, recently confirmed that Theater Mode will return in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. The confirmation of its return was made during  The Race Live Stream on Twitch. 


Theater Mode, Black Ops 2

We last saw theater mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. The recording, and video editing mode allowed players to upload and share videos from within the game.  

That's all the information we have for now, but keep an eye on GameZone as we will continue to update the article as more news becomes available.

Now that you've seen more about Call of Duty Black Ops III, are you interested, still disappointed or keen to play the game? Let us know by commenting below or hitting us up on Twitter or Facebook. 

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