Black Ops 3 Adds New Content 3 Years Later

With the newest Call of Duty game, Black Ops 4, fast approaching, Activision has apparently seen fit to give the series an update – three years late.

Despite having a new game only a couple months from launch, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 has just received a variety of new content via a patch. The reason for this was not given by Activision, speculation being few and far between from those in the know. This decision is made even more confusing given that Call of Duty: WWII is currently the latest game in the franchise, making this an update for a game significantly out of date both in age and edition.

Whatever their reasoning, Activision and Sledgehammer Games haven’t cut any corners with the update, supplying a surprisingly extensive amount of content entirely for free. First among these updates is a new game mode known as Prop Hunt.

Prop Hunt originates in Steam games like Gary’s Mod and Team Fortress 2, involving teams of players that take turns becoming props or hunting for props. Half the players will select an interactable item found on the map, which their character model will become as they try to hide somewhere and fool the hunters. Hunters, in turn, will try to find which items are actually other players in disguise.

In total, Prop Hunt is playable on ten of the game’s different maps. Additionally, a special addition was made to the Prop Hunt mode when played on the map Nuk3town. As all props on this stage are mannequins distinguished by their poses, prop players are given nine total decoy mannequins to plant around the stage as opposed to the standard three lookalike items on other maps.

Finally, two more guns have been added to the game. The RPK, originally featured in the original Black Ops, will be making its return alongside the World War II-era Sten. Both of these guns will be part of the Operation Swarm event, in addition to new skins, a nighttime version of the Fringe map, and double XP playlists.

Is Activision Struggling with Black Ops 4?

Activision is taking the success of one of its most popular releases in recent years and applying its success to one of its most famous project, or at least that’s the rumor.

Overwatch and the Call of Duty franchise are both published by Activision. Overwatch is the most popular FPS ever produced by Blizzard, who also develops games such as Diablo and World of Warcraft.

The rumor floating around Twitter is that Activision is planning on pulling the gameplay out of Overwatch and placing it into the Call of Duty franchise. The rumor is Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will feature a multiplayer mode meant to emulate Overwatch’s gameplay.

The user making this claims goes by MatthewHarrisUK on Twitter, and he has been leaking a variety of details about the upcoming Call of Duty game. This specific piece of information corresponds with previous leaks concerning what the multiplayer of Black Ops 4 will be like. charlieINTEL has also stated that Black Ops 4 is very similar to the gameplay of Overwatch.

The source material of the leak claims that play testers are not happy about several features in the revamped multiplayer mode. They claim systems that have been in place for years were completely removed. In one multiplayer build, kill streaks, airstrikes and chopper gunners was completely removed, replaced by a perk system. The leak states that traditional Call of Duty kill streaks have since been added back into the game.

Although Activision has been toying with these ideas, it is not clear if Overwatch gameplay will in fact be included in Call of Duty. The publisher of the leak admits that his information does not pertain to the actual release; the information released by the leaker merely pertains to ideas that were floated around in the early stages of development.

Even if Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 releases and it is nothing like Overwatch, this mishap in the developmental process, if true, means the state of development over at Activision is chaotic.