Activision's blockbuster Call of Duty franchise has long been a centerpiece of Xbox's annual E3 showcases, but that all changed this year. At its E3 2015 press conference, Sony announced that PlayStation will be the new home of the popular shooter series, starting with early access to downloadable content and the pre-release beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops III.
This announcement was followed by new footage of both the game's co-operative campaign and competitive multiplayer modes. Up to four players can team up for the game's story missions, which have you wield futuristic weapons and tech in the year 2065. The clip contained everything you'd expect from a Black Ops game, just cranked up: you'll blow up tanks with rocket launchers, dismantle drones across a bleak, brown battlefield and even take control of a lumbering mech.
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That same high-tech action will carry over to the game's multiplayer component, which made its debut on Sony's E3 stage. Call of Duty's already frenetic combat looks even faster in Black Ops III, as players can snipe enemies while running on a wall before coming crashing to the ground with a deadly melee blow. You'll be able to have underwater shootouts, and turn your mechanical arm into a devastating machine gun to mow down the opposition.
For the first time in series history, Call of Duty's downloadable content will come first to PlayStation consoles. The same goes for the game's multiplayer beta, which kicks off this summer. While this is certainly the end of an era, don't worry -- Call of Duty: Black Ops III is also coming to Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC when it arrives November 6. Stay tuned for our hands-on impressions from the E3 show floor.
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