People who have played installments in the Call of Duty: Black Ops series will know that darker tones and themes have always been a commonality. Not only that, but Treyarch’s Call of Duty games in general have always been willing to live in the ambiguous area of what’s perceived as right and what’s perceived as wrong.
We haven’t heard a ton about what the narrative or plot of what Black Ops 3 will be about, but Treyarch is intent on continuing its style of storytelling. In an interview with atombash.com, Treyarch’s Dan Bunting talked about the style the developer likes to take with their single-player stories and that Black Ops 3 won’t be any different.
“We get to have a lot of fun with the fact that it’s Black Ops and the subject matter is Black Operations because we get to be in the dark underbelly of military operations and that is a fun theme to play with. It plays into our strengths as developers, we like the darker themes, we like living in the gray area, not so black and white or good and bad. That is something that is uniquely Treyarch,” Bunting said.
When your game is called Black Ops, it is fairly easy to assume that the subject matter will lie in the weeds of ambiguity. Often times, the best storytelling is when players are given a situation, which the nature of isn’t exactly obvious, and it is then up to the player to decide for themselves.
It’s not just the Black Ops series that has embraced the “dark side” of narrative. Bunting spoke about how their World At War franchise tackled a lot of the same gray area content that the Black Ops series deals with.
“If you look at World At War, we were doing a lot more of the darker side of World War II. All of it plays to our strengths as developers, it’s great subject matter, we have a lot of fun with it. I think fans are going to appreciate that the same themes are going to run through Black Ops 3,” Bunting said.
Treyarch has planned a great deal of expected and unexpected things to happen during Black Ops 3’s single-player campaign and fans of the series’ previous iterations will certainly enjoy what lies within it. Bunting talked about how players should stay on their toes when playing through the campaign.
“There are a lot of surprises, we are really big into layering in easter eggs into our games, so that the story that you see may not be the story that you perceive if you look at it on a different level. We want to make sure there are plenty of things for the fans and the community to talk about for months on in, so some of the hallmarks of Treyarch games will be there,” Bunting said.
We’ll be finding out more about Black Ops 3’s single-player campaign in the coming weeks, but for the time being, fans can look forward to the Black Ops 3 beta that is kicking off on PS4 this coming Wednesday. More information on what’s coming to the beta can be found here.