As part of today’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 live-stream, publisher Activison has just revealed the eSport features one can expect from Black Ops 3 when it ships this November for the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
According to Activison, Black Ops 3 will introduce a “completely reimagined ranked play system,” and expanded control over the types of weapon, gear and Specialists players can “leverage” in each match. Additionally, the CODcasting experience has seen a few tweaks as well, too.
Here are the Black Ops 3 eSports features being implemented by Treyarch:
Arena is the Black Ops 3 system for ranked competitive play, where consecutive wins earn players into progressively higher ranks up to the elite Masters Division.
Specialists introduce a new dynamic to multiplayer with powerful weapons and abilities that can be earned over the course of a match. The Specialist Draft is a pre-match selection process, designed for Arenas and tournaments, in which each team is allowed no more than one of each Specialist weapon or ability, encouraging teams to plan each player’s role strategically for the mode of play.
The new Bans and Protects system creates a meta-game around selection of content. With this system, each player gets one (or multiple) votes that they can use to either ban or protect a specific piece of content from Create-a-Class, Scorestreaks or Specialists. This adds a new layer of strategy to competition, while supporting the empowerment of competitive organizations and individuals to restrict content based on their own tournament guidelines.
Black Ops 3 brings big changes to the CODcaster Mode for commentators and viewers. Casters can specify which settings they want to use when the game starts in the pre-game lobby and change the settings in-game as well. Also for casters, the new Quick Settings menu grants access to the most commonly used caster tools on the fly, allowing for speedy changes to be made right in the middle of the action. For spectators, watching competitive Call of Duty is about the teams. Casters can now specify team names and primary team colors – overriding the default, in-game faction names. Additionally, the loadout widget has been overhauled to allow casters to visually illustrate details about specific players’ loadouts and equipment configurations. Black Ops 3 also supports recent innovations in Call of Duty such as full-screen view and X-Ray mode.
Black Ops 3 marks the return of fan favorite competitive modes including the fast and frenetic Uplink mode, where players face-off in an effort to send a satellite careening into the enemy’s goal. Additionally, perennial favorite modes Search and Destroy, Capture the Flag and Hardpoint are set to make their return as part of the Black Ops 3 multiplayer mix.
If you’re in gamescom, you can play Black Ops 3’s multiplayer at Sony’s booth. For those who aren’t, don’t forget that there’s a beta happening later this month, with PS4 users getting first crack.