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Activision is supposed to make a full reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 this weekend. However, their great unveiling has been spoiled by leaks of important details about the game.
The first leak, a pre-order poster from GameStop posted on NeoGAF, says that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be debuting on November 6th. That would be a Friday, which is somewhat atypical for North American publishers (they prefer Tuesdays). A Friday release date would make launch marathons a lot easier to pull off, though.
Pre-ordering Black Ops 3 will apparently grant you access to a beta. This beta, according to GameStop's poster, will be limited to PS4, Xbox One and PC. There's no mention of when the test will be held, though.
Another set of Black Ops 3 marketing materials leaked through Reddit were even more informative. For starters, they reveal that the main campaign won't be single-player-only. The campaign will support online co-op for up to four players. Like multiplayer characters, the campaign characters can be fully customized with weapons, abilities and outfits. The game will also track your stats throughout the missions. To make sure that players dive back into the missions over and over, Treyarch is making the levels more open-ended and "arena-style" so that different strategies can be employed.
The competitive multiplayer, meanwhile, will use a "new momentum-based chain-movement system." Players will climb, slide and leap across the map, presumably with the aid of futuristic cybernetics. I guess Treyarch wants Black Ops 3's multiplayer to be as agile as Advanced Warfare's. The maps are being designed to take full use of player's new movement abilities but can also be approached in the traditional manner as well. Maybe they're planning a classic playlist with all the agility enhancements turned off?
Multiplayer progression is being reworked as well. In addition to ranking up and earning new attachments for their weapons, players will also master each multiplayer character's "battle-hardened capabilities and weapons."
When Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 was first announced, the game's website revealed there will be a zombies mode. This mode is said to feature an all-new story at launch. There's also a full XP-based progression system so players will become stronger through slaying the undead.
The "reveal trailer" for Black Ops 3 is expected on Sunday at 10 am Pacific, or 1 PM Eastern. Presumably this trailer will include a long look at the shooter's gameplay. It may confirm some of the leaked details about the campaign but we may have to wait until this summer to find out more about the multiplayer.