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Call Of Duty Can't Cut The Last-Gen Cord

Illustration for article titled iCall Of Duty/i Cant Cut The Last-Gen Cord

Unlike other big series like Assassin’s Creed and Fallout, Call of Duty can’t bring itself to go 100% next-gen just yet, Activision announcing today that this year’s Black Ops 3 will be available not just on PS4, XB1 and PC, but PS3 and Xbox 360 as well.

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The last-gen version will be worked on by two other studios (Beenox and Mercenary Technology), will feature only two-player co-op (instead of the PS4/XB1’s four-player) and “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”.

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It may also shock you to hear that “there’s no version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for Nintendo Wii U planned”.

It would be easy to criticise this move, assuming things like the need to account for last-gen versions will hold the next-gen versions back in terms of design and scale. But hey, who knows; the 360/PS3 version might be so scaled back that it’s practically a different game.

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God I’m tired of sequels. We’ve reached a point where a reference to “Generic Game Name 12” in a comedy show is no longer funny, not because the show is stupid, but because we live in a post Generic Game Name 12 world.

I was hoping Destiny would break this mold with the so-called “10 year plan” (I thought they’d be more like expansions to make an initially small puzzle bigger), but it looks like Destiny 2 is actually going to be a thing and Activision, with dollar signs in its eyes, has a bunch more in store before it goes the route of Guitar Hero (which, surprise, surprise, is soon rising from the grave).