New Call of Duty lets you skip to the end, ‘like Netflix’

13 Oct 2015

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – Shadows of Evil Zombie Prologue

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be released with all missions open, with the makers hoping to steal some of Netflix’s magic to allow gamers proceed at their own speed.

Aiming to replicate how viewers watch House of Cards, Black Ops 3 director Jason Blundell said opening all campaigns from the start gives gamers “flexibility to consume content how they want”, with the risk of people jumping straight to the end not high on his risk of concerns.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Blundell noted how the modern gamer is far removed from those of years passed, with so many openly released forms of entertainment vying for attention.

So now, if you heard that level five of Black Ops 3 (out next month) is a must see and you’re in a bit of a rush, just jump straight there and take a look.

It will really help rubbish gamers like me, who spent two hours trying to get past a level once because I didn’t realise triple-tapping meant you could crawl.

Two hours.

But what risk of people jumping to the end, ruining the storyline?

“If you see the end you’ll say, ‘I need to understand this more’,” Blundell said. “When Netflix releases House of Cards and do all the episodes, does everyone just jump to the end and go and play the last episode? Sure you can. But it’s about the journey, though, right?”

When that journey includes murderous magician Jeff Goldblum fighting off rampaging zombie hordes, I am in.

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic