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Call of Duty: Black Ops III Will Not Feature a Campaign Mode on PS3 and Xbox 360

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Call of Duty developers Activision have announced that the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Black Ops III will not have a campaign mode, and will feature only multiplayer and Zombies modes.

Activision have made it clear that they have provided as much of the game as possible to last-gen fans of the series, but said in their forum post that “the ambitious scope of the 1-4 player co-op Campaign design of the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions could not be faithfully recreated on old generation hardware.” To counter any disappointment, Activision are also throwing in a free download of 2010’s original Black Ops, a game most fans have probably already got.

The game will still retail at around $50 which is only a $10 reduction on the version that’s not missing its campaign mode. The company make it clear that they think it impossible to recreate the experience for the last-gen consoles, but it seems to be that less effort is going in to ports for the older consoles as far as AAA games are concerned, as this follows the cancellation of the port of Mortal Kombat X.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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