More information is on the anvil on the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. As it seems, Activision and Treyarch have revealed the PC requirements for the game, with the information being disclosed as a mark of continued support for the game's PC version by the publisher and the developer.
Recently, at the game's full reveal in Santa Monica, Black Ops 3 was shown running on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, with the latter even being shown off with the highly sought-after 4k support.
"There are no 'ports'," Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia said at the game's reveal event, as scripted by Eurogamer. "The game is made on multiple platforms, it's the beginning of a new generation and we're showing it to you on all these platforms, to dispel some of the misconceptions about development."
Besides, Lamia confirmed that for the time being, the studio is working on the PC and new-gen versions of the game. As far as the game happening on last-gen consoles is concerned, there are no such plans for now.
Nonetheless, here are the PC requirements revealed for Black Ops 3:
- Operating System: Windows 7 64-Bit / Windows 8 64-Bit / Windows 8.1 64-Bit
- Processor: Intel Core i3-530 @ 2.93 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 810 @ 2.60 GHz
- Memory: 6 GB RAM
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 @ 1GB / ATI Radeon HD 6970 @ 1GB
- DirectX: Version 11
- Network: Broadband Internet connection
- Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
In addition to the PC requirements for the game, the companies have also opened up a bit on the kind of gameplay and online features we are set to welcome with Black Ops 3. As expected, the game's story is set in the aftermath of Black Ops 2, in a future where soldiers are heavily equipped with cybernetic limbs (hence the Deus Ex jibe).
It has also been revealed that the campaign will be fully playable in co-op, with players being able to dive, irrespective of the on-game level, in order to play alongside their friends. "We're taking the mentality of, if you buy a DVD, you can skip to the end," campaign director Jason Blundell told Eurogamer. "You'll miss out on the story, but if you want to play with your friends."
Also, according to a report, Black Ops 3 will move away from its otherwise branching storyline (linking to its predecessors) that we have been so used to in the past. "Rather than going for the multiple storyline concept, we've gone for a more layered approach," said Blundell.
"There's reasons why going back to the campaign multiple times, with new perspectives, new stuff can be learned. We've put our time and energies into our writing and our character development and the visual sequences there to hold up for multiple analysis, multiple revisits, that's where we put the energy this time," he added.
This time around for Black Ops 3, there are 'Specialist' characters, or nine different soldiers who can be levelled up independently. The Specialists, like character classes, feature their own weapon and ability that can be selected prior to a match and will be available for a short time after filling up a meter.
As of now, four of them have been revealed: "Ruin, who can pound spikes into the ground for a strong area effect; Seraph, who has access to a high-calibre revolver; Outrider, who wields a compound bow and finally Reaper, a robot who can use a mini-gun for a short time."
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is currently set to arrive sometime later this year, and all fingers point towards a November release.