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Activision is keeping Call of Duty alive and well on the Xbox 360 and PS3. They've contracted Beenox, the developers most known for their Spider-Man games, as well as Mercenary Games to work on the last-gen rendition of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
Over on the official Activision blog, they announced that the game would be coming to Microsoft and Sony's old consoles and not the Wii U.
Community manager Scott Lowe doesn't hold back anything in the post and makes it known that PS3 and Xbox 360 owners will be getting an inferior version compared to that of the Xbox One or PS4 version, writing...
While the teams are working to deliver the best possible experience for Xbox 360 and PS3, naturally there will be some differences across generations. For instance, the campaign mode on Xbox 360 and PS3 is currently in development with a goal of enabling two-player cooperative play, instead of the four-player cooperative campaign on next-gen. There will also be some other features and functionality built specifically for the new generation of consoles that cannot be supported on Xbox 360 and PS3.
That's about as honest a statement as we've had for quite some time. A lot of people have been saying that publishers shouldn't abandon the Xbox 360 and PS3, but the consoles are approaching a decade old. Having two teams work on a downgraded version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 leaves to wonder exactly how the game will be approached by Treyarch this time around?
Will they go all out and then force Mercenary Games and Beenox to just axe a ton of content to get it to fit on the Xbox 360 and PS3? Or will Treyarch keep the game limited to make it more feasible as a cross-generation shooter like Destiny or Watch Dogs?
Cross-gen games leave gamers with all sorts of questions like this because it's become obvious that there are certain kinds of limitations with the seventh-gen consoles and it means that the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game may be limited to accommodate the older consoles.
Of course, whether the game will be vastly different on the PS3 and Xbox 360 compared to the Xbox One and PS4 doesn't matter half as much as the fact that the Wii U is just being axed out of the equation altogether. It may be a far more powerful system than the Xbox 360 and PS3, but you wouldn't gather that much from the way some big name publishers treat it.
There is no specific reason given about the Wii U being absent from the line-up of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, but it is. Quite naturally there are Wii U owners frustrated at the news, which is practically a repeat of what happened last year with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, but that's just the way it goes.
Lowe also makes it known that the upcoming multiplayer beta test will be limited to only Xbox One, PC and PS4 owners. So if you only own an Xbox 360 or PS3, you won't be included in the beta test for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
The game is due to launch this holiday season on November 6th. Activision will roll out more details on the game at E3 on June 15th.