For those of you who are wondering what type of timed release deal Activision and Sony have worked out for Call of Duty: Black Ops III DLC, it looks like you can expect the exact same set-up the publisher had with Microsoft in the past, only now resulting in earlier launches on the PlayStation platform.
According to a recent announcement, Sony representative Adam Boyes informed Kotaku during E3 2015 that the exclusivity deal for Black Ops III will result in all post-launch content for the game arriving on the PlayStation 4 30 days before the Xbox One and PC.
The ball got rolling on this news during the PlayStation press conference during this year’s big trade show. In recent years, Xbox platforms have received Call of Duty DLC a month prior to all other platforms. Following a brief gameplay reveal during the Sony presser last week, it was stated that PlayStation is the “new home for Call of Duty,” with all additional content launching first on those platforms.
I’m not a huge fan of these types of deals but, in an age when so few third party exclusives are being developed, I suppose you’ve got to take what you can get, even if “what you can get” is a temporary head start on DLC. These types of arrangements were a huge part of last year’s PlayStation E3 show, with games boasting special missions or DLC available on PlayStation consoles first. The most surprising of these was the deal that netted PlayStation consoles DLC for Destiny almost a year before it will be available elsewhere, including exclusive guns, a Strike and even a multiplayer map or two.
I actually had the opportunity to see a bit more of Call of Duty: Black Ops III in action on the showroom floor, though it ended up being one of my least informative appointments of the event. I was sat in a room with another journalist before getting to watch 10 or so minutes of gameplay that turned out to be an extended version of what was shown during the PlayStation press event. This was preceded by a brief introductory video and followed by a quick, “Thanks for dropping by.”
To be fair, you don’t really need much hand-holding with CoD these days. You’re a soldier and you’re shooting bad guys with a bunch of cool guns. Black Ops III will allow you to play the campaign cooperatively, and multiplayer looks as fast and crazy as ever.
Still, it would have been nice to have a bit of the action explained while it was playing out in front of us. Stuff like, “This is an example of Ability X being used, something new to the series that lets you yadda-yadda-yadda.”
I suppose if I want more information, I can always stay tuned to the official website.