New ‘Black Ops III’ Beta Trailer Fires On All Cylinders

Call of Duty: Black Ops III aims to combine all of your favorite first-person shooter mechanics to make heart-pounding multiplayer mayhem.

Starting next week, the Black Ops III beta kicks off on PlayStation 4 and later on PC and Xbox One. To help push pre-orders and hype for the online stress-test, Activision along with developer Treyarch have made this short beta teaser. Check it out!

Boasting a massive seven game modes, Treyarch clearly wants players putting as much time into their shooter as possible. And although it won’t carry over to the final release, you can also expect a large amount of unlockable weapons and gear in the beta to keep you interested. As it said in the trailer, the beta begins next Wednesday, the 19th on PS4 before it launches on PC and Xbox One a week later on the 26th. In addition to early beta access, PlayStation gamers can also expect all Black Ops III DLC to drop one month prior to releasing on Xbox and PC platforms.

I couldn’t help but notice the game seems to borrow quite a bit from both Titanfall and Destiny. While Treyarch is adamant that Advanced Warfare‘s exo-suits are not in the game, it still seems like some if not all of the character classes have the ability to run on walls and launch across large open areas. Additionally, that two-fisted ground pound the player did right at the end of the trailer looks nearly identical to “Fists of Havoc” in Destiny. I mean, just look at Bungie’s move in action:

Fists of Havoc - Imgur

Still, borrowing ideas from competitors is all fine and good so long as it fits the fast and fluid gameplay people have come to expect from the Call of Duty franchise. I suppose we won’t know the answer to how well in works in Black Ops III until we get our hands on it next week.

What do you make of the beta trailer? Do you think it’s okay that Treyarch is borrowing so heavily from other first-person shooters, or would you prefer they blaze their own trail? Feel free to let me know in the comments or on Twitter!

Call of Duty Black Ops III launches on November 6th, 2015 on PS4, Xbox One and PC. It is also being developed by a third party for last-gen consoles.

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