Treyarch’s David Vonderhaar has responded to fan worries about Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 being on last-gen consoles holding back current-gen development. Many fans have been thinking that the game coming to last-gen will affect their current-gen development and limit how far Treyarch takes the current-gen version.
Vonderhaar has stated that Treyarch is solely focused on Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. They are not bringing any features down in order to accommodate last-gen versions. In addition, he confirmed that it was an Activision decision to bring it to last-gen, and they have handed the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions to different studios (Beenox and Mercenary Technology) to work on.
@True_Rigid We are focused on PS4, Xbox One, and PC but Activision announced they are work ring with other developers on last gen.
— David Vonderhaar (@DavidVonderhaar) June 11, 2015
Vahn even stated that Treyarch doesn’t have last-gen dev kits at their studio anymore, commenting “You don’t have to hope. It doesn’t. We are making the game for this gen”.
@MarcoCuesta1 You don’t have to hope. It doesn’t. We are making the game for this gen; I don’t even have last gen dev kits anymore.
— David Vonderhaar (@DavidVonderhaar) June 12, 2015
Vonderhaar stating that last-gen versions isn’t holding them back is already been showcased with Activision’s initial announcement of last-gen versions: features are being removed/adjusted to fit Xbox 360 and PS3. The campaign mode is already seeing only two players max for co-op online play, while the current-gen versions will see four players online; it also shouldn’t be a surprise that there will be features from other modes being simplified to support last-gen as well.
For fans comparing this to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s last-gen versions, even though Sledgehammer Games focused solely on current-gen and handed development of last-gen to High Moon, the game at launch was the exact same with all the same features. As of last month, that had to change as Royalty weapons just could not fit in the last-gen versions because of limited RAM space on the Xbox 360 and PS3. It looks like Black Ops 3 will be different.