In an interview with EuroGamer, Jason Blundell talked about why Activision decided to cut the campaign of Black Ops 3 from the last gen versions of the game. 

Treyarch isn’t developing Black Ops 3 for Xbox 360 or PS3; Beenox and Mercenary Technolgy are. 

“When I make a game, what I’m trying to do is give you an experience,” he said.
“What I see on the screen and what I’m working with the team to make, that’s what I want you to experience. So, one part of my job is to push our team to get every ounce of power and energy and memory out of the current gen consoles. And they’re very talented individuals and perform miracles to do that.”

“We being Treyarch, we’re only looking at the current-gen stuff, so PS4 and Xbox One. And when we hear the old-gen stuff start having to take things away to be able to make it perform on those machines… they’re like, ‘okay, we’re going to have to lose this, and lose that, and bring this back in,’ from a purely selfish point of view, I completely agreed with Activision’s decision to cut the campaign, because I don’t want you to get a second-rate experience. So I agreed on that level.”

Blundell continued: “It took us three years to make this thing and craft that experience. I would hate for someone to get something that isn’t true to the vision. That sounds a bit arty, but that’s how I feel about it. I agreed with Activision’s decision on not going there. I don’t think they could have faithfully conveyed some of the concepts I wanted into the campaign experience.

“If we took something and started cutting it up into pieces and taking those bits away, that would have made me more upset, to be honest.”

Full interview available on EuroGamer.

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  • CoDforever

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  • If the old junk can’t handle it, it can’t handle it. Pretty self explanatory. No one should be butt hurt about this. They should just keep expecting their last gen experience to diminish more and more as time goes on.

    • KK5

      It will be no surprise when they announce there will be no DLC or something like that

      • I think they said there’d still be DLC, but it could be completely different compared to the Current Gen one

        • KK5

          Where did they say that? I am just curious, because I checked on Amazon, and it says they aren’t selling the S.P. for PS3 or the 360

          • Yankeephil

            They are unsure of DLC availability yet, which is why they don’t have the SP for sale.

          • Tuby

            Common sense. They need 2 Please the stakeholders.

          • Mario Rivera

            Pleasing the shareholders would be squeezing every penny possible out of all versions, including last gen. Trust me, the $10 discount and loss of SP/DLC revenue on old gen is not the ideal option for them lol. What we have here was the old gen devs not having enough time to downgrade and port the campaign into a feasable version. DLC is actually not confirmed for last gen if u read the fine print from some of the trailers.

          • They aren’t selling SP for last gen but they’re still making zombie and mp dlc. It’s on a charlie intel post somewhere.

          • RdJokr

            I’m pretty sure the exact wording was “they’ll announce DLC details for last gen closer to launch”. Doesn’t mean anything else other than “we cannot confirm or deny Black Ops III DLC on last gen”.

            Well, it’s pretty damn close to launch now. So I think information about this should pop up in the next 2 weeks or so.

    • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

      I just think it’s crazy because they’ll be paying $50 for the thing.

      • I can agree with 50$ due to BO1 being given along side it.

  • Duke of hazard

    In other words, the last gen consoles can’t handle it. Another reason to upgrade.

  • GR3Y_B1RD

    The last gen is already pretty old… up to now you already should have XONE or PS4 and not a console from 2005 like the X360 and the PS3…those last gen Things arent bad console and i really love my 360 but the games from today are for consoles from today. So I just mean that we all knew that this is going to happen and we already saw it in AW so just upgrade and have fun with the full Content of BO3 on Current Gen and with BO2 on Last Gen 😉 no idea why I wrote that

    • Big

      What… PS3 being old still held up and those “new” games you have are updated versions of what devs originally made for old gen systems it’s only right old gen users get CoD Black Ops 3 we all purchased Bo1 and 2 instead of including black ops they should include free DLC

      • GR3Y_B1RD

        Free DLC would be great…at least for Micro DLCs but I dont think that it would make sense to make the DLC of the Season Pass available for free or even cheaper. Its much Bonus Content you get with thoes DLCs (at least in BO) and I think that you dont waste any Money when you buy the Season Pass or the DLC. First the should make PSN Plus and XBox Live Gold for free. That one of my biggest wishes 😀

  • Josh

    For a person who still has a ps3 and no new consoles i agree with this. I don’t even game much anymore so i don’t have any reason to buy the new consoles. It’s a pretty simple answer, they can’t handle the full game.

  • Dangelo95

    And this is also activisions warning to upgrade basically

  • AstroCyborg

    them saying last gen can’t handle it is a joke its running on the same ancient engine

    • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

      It’s an overhauled engine. They can’t handle the new AI, open levels, 4-player Co-Op, more AI on-screen, the Safehouse, etc. They removed frame rounding, as well. They made lots of changes to the engine this year.

      • AstroCyborg

        halo 3 was massive 4 player co-op loads of ai which dropped 8 years ago thats no excuse

        • Dante

          I’m pretty sure that BO3’s graphics/textures are alot better then Halo’s so it’s a damn good excuse.

        • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

          It was also 30 FPS. Call of Duty has to stay at 60. Black Ops 3 wouldn’t even be at 30. It has a higher graphical fidelity than Halo 3 and their AI logic is far more superior. Take said AI logic and combine it with more of AI on screen – yeah, last gen can’t take it.

          • AstroCyborg

            when was the last time you took on 2 massive scarabs with tons of vehicles in a wide open space with 4 player co-op & the xb1 halo 3 version was 60 fps so thats no excuse

          • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

            The XB1 version also was just a mere port with no real difference in overall graphical assets. Last gen can’t handle it.

          • AstroCyborg

            you never run out of excuses do you

          • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

            Even though a lot of what you said are excuses? What did I say that can be considered an excuse?

    • Dante

      A few games on last Gen are being left behind cause the system can’t handle it. Look at GTA5 last gen hasn’t got a lot of stuff current gen has.

  • Ryumoau

    I get what Blundell is saying. I think that most of the blame should be on Activision for still being so greedy they couldn’t reduce the price to $30-40.

  • Daniel

    Cancel the entire thing

    • Will WilFredo Mendoza

      You shoulda been cancelled the moment you travelled outta your dadas cock.

  • jt3z

    If you havent upgraded yet after 2 years then you probably shouldnt be wasting money on the game in the first place

    • Eric Wyatt

      That is the absolutely best comment ive read on CI in a long time.Its so true if you cant afford a new console u should save some money and put the 60 towards a new console.I understand alot of people cant afford a new console.When AW dropped i didnt have a next gen yet and bought AW for the 360 and ill be honest i feel like i just pissed the money away after finally getting it 4 the xbox1

      • jt3z

        Agreed its not that hard to put away 15-20$ each paycheck and put it towards a new system. And if you cant do that you have more important things to worry about.