After a series of leaks, Jason Blundell announced a new addition to the Call of Duty Black Ops 3 franchise. Zombies Chronicles releases May 16 on PS4 and will also come to Xbox One and PC. This week we finally got a gameplay trailer and a couple of lucky YouTube channels headed to Treyarch HQ.
YouTube channels JCBackfire and ZombieBest interviewed Jason Blundell at Treyarch Headquarters in Los Angeles. Notably, both interviews shed a little more light on Zombies Chronicles and even hinted at future plans. Zombies Chronicles has 8 re-mastered maps from Call of Duty Black Ops and Call of Duty World at War that have received significant graphic updates. Blundell mentioned the 8 re-mastered maps had updates to:
- Lighting – move from forward rendering to deferred rendering
- Sound – more channels, more step triggers, higher quality sound
- Improved AI – more complex pathing algorithms, better spawn flow
- Updated texture resolutions, model resolutions, draw distances
- All feature the Gobblegum system
- Rebalanced and implemented all Black Ops 3 weapons into the maps
In the interview with YouTube channel ZombieBest, Jason Blundell confirmed Zombies Chronicles is not DLC 5. According to the official Call of Duty materials, Zombies Chronicles is a content expansion for Call of Duty Black Ops 3. In both interviews, Blundell mentioned how excited Treyarch developers always are to see YouTubers play their maps. JCBackfire’s question to Blundell about Mob of the Dead was most noteworthy. Blundell responded saying
I’m sure there’s another purpose for that [Mob of the Dead] at some point”
Could this mean Mob of the Dead will be a Zombies Chronicles pre-order reward or will it be another DLC? Blundell had his usual cheeky look on his face that seemingly hinted that Mob of the Dead would feature later. Blundell went on to speak about the detail of Mob of the Dead and how the development team fully built and mapped out Alcatraz. Pretty exciting information because Mob of the Dead would make an amazing pre-order reward. Still, no news on a Zombies Chronicles price but we should get more news soon.
Watch the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies Chronicles Gameplay Trailer