In spite of early rumors suggesting otherwise, Call of Duty: Black Ops III will not be releasing on the Wii U. This is the second Call of Duty title in as many years to skip Nintendo’s console (Advanced Warfare ignored the machine as well), so it’s likely Activision is done with Nintendo for this generation.
That’s the bad news. Call of Duty has its Wii U fans, and they cite offscreen GamePad play as one of their favorite features. Those folks are out of luck.
The good news is that Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners will be able to play Black Ops III. Activision announced by way of its official games blog that they are using specific studios to handle the previous generation versions, making sure to indicate that Black Ops III was made with new gen in mind.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 has been designed to harness the full potential of the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. However, we know that there are still some fans that haven’t made the transition to the new console hardware, which is why we’re happy to share that we’re working with developers Beenox and Mercenary Technology on Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Some cuts will be made, of course. Activision points towards their goal to have a four player co-op campaign on the new gen consoles and PC. That will only be two player co-op for the 360 and PS3.
Beenox’s port work has been okay, we suppose. The Activision subsidiary works on licensed games like The Amazing Spider-Man and other work like Skylanders ports.
Mercenary Technology did development and consulting work for games like Prototype 2 and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III will release for the PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on Nov 6, 2015.