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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.


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”.


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).