In Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, players play as an augmented soldier with robotic features, part of the “black ops” team. The story in the title revolves around a direct connection to what Edward Snowden did: leaked classified Intel about the NSA. However, in Black Ops 3, the title features leaked details on militaries in which groups use to target countries around the world.
Your first job in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is to investiage why a CIA site in Singapore is no longer on the grid.
“But that’s not the end,” said Jason Blundell, the game’s campaign director and senior executive producer at Treyarch. “What follows is the largest leak of intelligence in military history, which leads to the collapse of covert operations worldwide, creating utter chaos. Your mission is to go behind enemy lines to find your brothers and uncover the disturbing truth.”
The different between Snowden’s leaks and the leaks in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 are that the leaks in game cause a disastrous effect on the world.
“The leak [in the game] is of clandestine operations,” explained Treyarch Studio Head Mark Lamia during the same group interview. It contained CIA secrets, he explained, including the locations of secret operations and military weak points. “Once all that’s exposed, it creates incredible amounts of instability,” he said.
The story features a female soldier on your team, that comments and confirm the leaker’s name, Taylor. “The information Taylor released helped the NRC target strategic weak points in the Egyptian military defenses. They are gaining territory fast. Civilian casualties are high. Cairo’s on the brink of total collapse.”