Black Ops is Back! Call of Duty: Black Ops III Available Now Worldwide

Activision Delivers Biggest Call of Duty Game in History,
Most-Played Call of Duty Series of All Time Returns

Black Ops III Kicks-Off New Era of eSports as Debut title of Call of
Duty World League

PlayStation Fans Gear Up with Custom Console Bundle Featuring 1TB
Hard Disk

SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The wait is over. The return of Black Ops is here, as Call
of Duty®: Black Ops III
, the ‘most anticipated multiplatform
game of the season’ according to Nielsen, and the latest entry in
Activision’s blockbuster Call of Duty®: Black Ops saga,
is now available digitally and at global retailers worldwide. Call
of Duty: Black Ops III
, from Activision Publishing, Inc., a
wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. [Nasdaq: ATVI],
introduces a future where the line between man and machine is blurred,
granting players with powerful abilities and an all-new momentum-based,
chained movement system that completely redefines the way you play.

“With Black Ops III, we wanted to create a Call of Duty®
game like no other, one that brings innovations to every mode in the
game, and introduces a few new surprises along the way, all while
staying true to the gritty, blockbuster thrill ride for which the
franchise is known. And Treyarch has delivered,” said Eric Hirshberg,
CEO of Activision Publishing Inc. “This game is so fun, so deep, so
varied and has so many kick ass twists and turns, that we couldn’t be
prouder of it. And we think our fans are going to love it.”

The title showcases the possibilities of Activision’s three-year
development cycle for Call of Duty, as developer Treyarch has
delivered a series of innovations across all modes of play, and the most
content-rich game in Call of Duty history, including next gen
features such as online play across all modes, extensive choice based
gameplay, a suite of customization features, full eSports integration,
bonus games and more.

Black Ops III has been a true labor of love for us at Treyarch,”
said Mark Lamia, Studio Head, Treyarch. “I am so proud of this team, who
from the onset, challenged themselves to push our creativity, our craft
and our technology to the limits with Black Ops III for next-gen

Call of Duty: Black Ops III propels players forward to a
future world dominated by cutting-edge technology, where bio-technology
and cybernetic enhancements have given rise to a new breed of Black
soldier. In true Black Ops fashion, the operator of 2065,
armed with an array of high-tech weaponry and powerful bio-technical
abilities, is equipped to take on enemies, human and mechanical, through
an adrenaline-filled narrative on next gen platforms that can be played
solo or co-operatively with up to four players. The storytellers at
Treyarch have pulled out all the stops in their twisted and dark take on
the future – informed and inspired by scientific discoveries and
advances of today.

“This is a historic partnership that makes PlayStation the best place to
play Call of Duty. The massive reception to the game’s
multiplayer beta only a few months ago demonstrated the huge appetite
our fans have for this franchise and the anticipation for Black Ops
,” said Adam Boyes, VP of Publisher and Developer Relations, Sony
Computer Entertainment America. “This is the game our fans want, and
we’re proud to welcome Call of Duty to its new home on
PlayStation 4.”

Call of Duty: Black Ops III introduces players to the
non-stop action of next-generation Call of Duty multiplayer with
the new momentum-based, chained movement system. Black Ops III’s
guns-up philosophy for movement and combat delivers the best of the
franchise’s frenetic multiplayer experience, providing a perfect blend
of fluid movement, verticality and classic boots-on-the ground action.

Black Ops III also introduces a new Specialist system to Call
of Duty
multiplayer, which lets players choose from nine elite Black
soldiers, each with their own look, personality, voice and
battle-hardened weapons and abilities, fundamentally changing the way
players engage in combat. Each Specialist has a full collection of
character customization unlocks, supporting the deepest player
progression systems to-date.

In addition, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, the all-new Gunsmith
gives fans the ability to build weapons that support their own play
styles, and the Weapon Paint Shop provides tools to express the player’s
unique identity with custom paint jobs. The Weapon Paint Shop takes
Black Ops’ fan-favorite emblem editor functionality to the next level,
supporting the ability to paint three sides of every gun with 64 emblem
layers per side. It’s the most robust suite of player personalization
tools to date, allowing players to express their creativity with custom
camos and attachment sets for every gun.

With a full complement of new maps, scorestreaks, weaponry, the Pick 10
Create-a-Class system, new Specialist system, along with fan-favorite
modes like Uplink and Hardpoint, and all-new modes like Safeguard, Black
s multiplayer raises the bar. Additionally, next
gen features such as the Weapon Paint Shop and Gunsmith, a full suite of
eSports-specific features, including the return of Theater, and the new
Black Market loot system adds to an incredible amount of multiplayer
content for fans. Gunsmith, Weapon Paint Shop, eSports features, and
Black Market loot system are available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and
PC only.

In addition, Call of Duty: Black Ops III takes players to
the terrifying 1940s film noir inspired next chapter of the beloved Call
of Duty Zombies
mythos, in Shadows of Evil. Set in the
ominous back streets and dark recesses of Morg City, Shadows of Evil
introduces four tragically flawed strangers – The Magician, The
Femme-Fatale, The Cop and The Boxer – where each character awakens to a
nightmarish world overrun by the undead. Shadows of Evil is
designed to test the limits of the quartet’s physical and mental
resolve, as each of the characters fight to overcome confusion and
amnesia, in the hope that they can piece together the events that
brought them into this twisted world, with the help of the mysterious
Shadow Man.

Featuring voices and likenesses, the characters are played by Jeff
Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day), Heather Graham
(The Hangover 1-3, Californication), Neil McDonough (Captain
America: The First Avenger
, Band of Brothers), Ron Perlman (Sons
of Anarchy
, Hellboy) and Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager,
Stargate SG-1). For the first time in Call of Duty, a XP
progression system allows players to level-up in Zombies and customize
weaponry available to them in the world. This immersive and
action-packed co-op survival mode marks the most expansive Call of
Duty Zombies
experience to date.

Lastly, no Black Ops game would be complete without some
surprises for the fans. Players that complete the Call of Duty:
Black Ops III
campaign can access the heavily-rumored
“Nightmares” mode, and play the campaign in an entirely new way, with
Zombies! In addition, players who explore the Safe House could
potentially gain access to the “Dead Ops Arcade” easter egg, a bonus
mode sure to delight fans of the golden age of video games. These two
pieces of bonus content are sure to keep fans entertained well beyond
the studio’s signature three-games-in-one offering, delivering the most
robust Call of Duty in franchise history with Call of Duty:
Black Ops III.
Nightmares campaign mode, Safe House, and Dead
Ops Arcade available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC only.

Also available today on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system,
Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft
and PC platforms, is the Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Season Pass, which gives access to four Call of Duty: Black Ops III
DLC Map Packs to be released during 2016 at a bundled discount (discount
based on a Season Pass suggested retail price of $49.99, and four
individual DLC Map Packs at a suggested retail price of $15 each). The
DLC Map Packs will be available first on the PlayStation®4 system and
pricing and release dates may vary by platform.

Fans that preordered Call of Duty: Black Ops III gain
instant access to Nuk3town, a re-imagined version of the
fan-favorite multiplayer map that integrates Black Ops III’s
momentum-based chained-movement system, combined with the intense
close-quarters action that makes a Nuketown map a quintessential Call
of Duty
experience. All players that preorder the game at
participating retailers globally will receive the Nuk3town downloadable
bonus map as an in-box download code, available with launch units of Call
of Duty: Black Ops III
for PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One and PC.

Also available now, The Giant, a remake of Der Riese, one
of the most cherished Call of Duty Zombies maps, features the
return of the four classic Zombies protagonists – Tank Dempsey, Nikolai
Belinski, Takeo Masaki and Edward Richtofen. The Giant is
available on PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One and PC as a bonus with
purchase of the Digital Deluxe Edition, the Hardened Edition, the
Juggernog Edition, and the Call of Duty: Black Ops III Season

Out today as well, the Call of Duty: Black Ops III PS4™
Bundle lets players bring the world of Black Ops III into
their living rooms with a fully customized PlayStation®4 system and
DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller. The PS4™ included in the bundle has a
1TB hard disk drive, the first of its kind in North America. The Call
of Duty: Black Ops III
PS4™ Bundle also includes the Nuk3town
Bonus multiplayer map.

As the flagship title for Activision’s new Call of Duty World League,
Treyarch’s Black Ops III multiplayer will provide a deeper
level of engagement with the elite circuit of professional gamers, while
also encouraging casual fans and aspiring competitors of Call of Duty
to enjoy the thrill of competition across different skill levels. Call
of Duty World League
players competing in Black Ops III
will vie for up to $3 million in prize pools as the eSports season
commences next year.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III is developed by Treyarch, and
available for PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and
entertainment system from Microsoft and PC. A version of the game is
also available for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox
360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, which is developed by
Beenox and Mercenary Technology. Call of Duty: Black Ops III PlayStation®3
system and Xbox 360 versions do not include a co-op or
single-player campaign game mode, and do not contain all game features
present in the PlayStation®4 and Xbox One versions. Game performance
varies by platform. For more details

For the latest intel on Black Ops III, check out:,
or follow @CallofDuty, and @Treyarch on Twitter, Instagram
and Facebook.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III is rated M for Mature with
Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence and Strong Language.

About Treyarch

Treyarch is an award-winning video game studio, driven by the desire to
create epic gameplay experiences that are enjoyed by as many video game
fans as possible. It is an approach that has helped to make the studio
an industry-leading game developer, whose Call of Duty: Black Ops II
set world-wide launch day records, and whose previous game Call of
Duty: Black Ops
set an entertainment launch opening record upon its
release in 2010 and continues to be one of the best-selling games of all
time, according to NPD and GfK Chart-Track. Treyarch is wholly owned by
Activision Publishing, Inc.

About Activision Publishing, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing,
Inc. is a leading global producer and publisher of interactive
entertainment. Activision maintains operations throughout the world and
is a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), an S&P 500 company.
More information about Activision and its products can be found on the
company’s website, or
by following @Activision.

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