Call of Duty: Black Ops III is taking some interesting steps with its single-player campaign. The whole thing can be played with four-player co-op and is in fact designed to be played that way; they’re even bringing back two player couch co-op so you can play through missions with a buddy who is, you know, actually there. But only, it turns out, if you’ve got a PS4 or an Xbox One.
Kotaku reports that the last-gen ports of the game are dumping the single player mode entirely. Apparently the older hardware just wasn’t able to handle the demands of four users at once or the split-screen mode, so they chose to cut the mode entirely. The good news is that you’ll still get multiplayer and you’ll also still have Shadows of Evil, which is essentially Treyarch remaking Bioshock. The other good news is that since you aren’t getting the whole game, you are getting a price-cut; it’ll be just $50 when it hits shelves. We leave the ramifications of the fact that they consider the single-player campaign worth $10 to the reader.
This is a bummer for fans of the single-player mode, of course, but a better question is what this means for next year’s release. This sounds, a lot, like Activision is getting ready to dump the PS3 and Xbox 360 altogether, which perhaps isn’t the biggest surprise but is still bad news for fans who haven’t upgraded yet. If you’re a Call of Duty fan, this Christmas seems like a good time to start asking for a console upgrade… or a better graphics card.