Attention gamers: did you ever dream of bombarding enemies with a woman in camouflage? If yes, you need to suit up and get ready for Call of Duty: Black Ops III. The latest installment of the multibillion-dollar first-person shooting series is set to hit stores on Friday (watch trailer below).
Besides empowering the characters with new strengths such as running on walls and hacking robot enemies, this the first Call of Duty game to feature a playable female protagonist. Besides Erin “Battery” Baker (see picture above), users can combat with two more female characters, namely Zhen “Seraph” Zhen and Allesandra “Outrider” Castillo.
Early this year, more than 4,100 positions in special operating units of the National Guard, Regular Army and Army Reserve, previously reserved for men only, were opened to women. This sea change in American Special Ops representation influenced Treyarch, the game developers.
“It’s interesting, because the movie Alien? That was actually written for a man but then they hired Sigourney Weaver and just left the script alone. That’s why she comes off as such a strong, confident character. So we did the same–we wrote a gender-neutral script and the actor brings their personality and gender to the words… but it doesn’t pander to either,” Treyarch’s Jason Blundell told in an IGN interview.
“Then the other reason was talking to our military guys, they were really pushing the fact we’ll be seeing a lot more women in military roles going into the future. We’re talking about 2065, not just in support roles, but in active combat. So we have a female protagonist, but also on the battlefield as well – there’s women there too,” added Blundell.
Set in the year 2065, the game begins when militaries have developed tech-rendering drones which are practically unusable. In response to this, super soldiers receive augmented body parts and built-in data jacks to connect to computer networks, giving them greater control over their physiology.
In previous COD versions, players went through the sequential story mode to unlock levels or missions. But Black Ops III lets you tackle missions in any order, mainly to encourage up to four players joining together for missions.
Priced at $59.99, the game will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (besides last-gen versions). Call of Duty revenue has passed $11 billion, and Nielsen predicts that this latest installment is the most anticipated title of the season. You can pre-order the game to avail special benefits.