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Treyarch Claims Three Year Development Cycle Made ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’ Better

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Treyarch Claims Added Development time made Black Ops 3 better

Treyarch Studio head claims a three year development cycle has made Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 the strongest title in the series

No matter if your love or hate the Call of Duty franchise, no one can deny that it is a powerhouse in the gaming industry. Its yearly releases regularly sell a million copies or more and hit the top lists of multiplayer console titles. There is another side to all of that fame though as gamers begin to complain more each year that the franchise is growing stale. A lack of innovation dragging it down is the plague of every annual release series like Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed.

They both suffer from the same key problem, trying to hit that yearly release schedule pushes developers to stick to the same formula. Trying to pump new life into the Call of Duty series recently, publisher Activision pushed the series from a two year to a three year development cycle, that means that three studios will be working on it instead of two. Their hope is that the increased time will give Treyarch studio developers a chance “to envision and innovate for each title” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was the first title we’ve seen after the development time change.

Introducing exo-suits into gameplay Advanced Warfare was definitely different from what gamers have seen from the series in the past, even if they didn’t like the change. Now Treyarch Studio head Mark Lamia believes the next title, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, will push the series even farther. During an interview with the  Official Playstation Magazine, Lamia says that: “Without a three-year cycle, we wouldn’t have been able to take the kind of risks that we took on this game.” Later saying that Black Ops 3 will simply be more of what we’ve seen from the Black Ops series in the past. Dropping new details about the game that make his argument hard to refute.

Treyarch has pushed the series AI to all new heights so that it can support the open-play space engagements the studio has in mind. They have also created environments larger than in any other Call of Duty title all thanks to that extra development time. Extra time also gave developers over a year to test and refine the games all important multiplayer maps. Lamia is promising that the extra time Treyarch was given didn’t go into simply creating new gameplay features.

Lamia is promising Black Ops 3 features will offer more depth than what players have seen in the past. The extra dev time gave Treyarch a chance to push the games engine to support a higher “volume and density of activity and art,” using technological advancements. What that all means is that Treyarch has used those three years of development time to ensure that Black Ops 3 will not only look better it will also play differently from other titles in the franchise. That will hopefully give Call of Duty the boost that it needs to keep it going strong and slow the drop in its sales.

Source: [highlight]Games Radar[/highlight]

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A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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You can now preorder the official Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree strategy guide

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There will soon be a new book in Future Press’s Books of Knowledge series, which is FromSoftware’s officially licensed line of hardcover strategy guides. This will help players who are having trouble with Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion. The base game came with two books, and now you can get the unholy trinity for $45 (or the equivalent amount in your currency). It will ship on September 30th.

Like the first two games, The Lands Between and Shards of Shattering, Shadow of the Erdtree is both a complete guide to how to play and a beautiful artbook with full-page pictures of enemies, landscapes, and weapons. This big book has 352 pages and is likely to sell out quickly, based on how quickly the ones that came before it did.

Do you know a lot about strategy guides? You could read the first two Books of Knowledge. If so, what did you think of them? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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