Call of Duty: Black Ops III has been named as the most anticipated game of the year by numerous sources. It’s also now been named the most unexpectedly-missing game of the year, as Forbes reports that digital pre-orders for Call of Duty: Black Ops IIIhave disappeared from the Xbox Live store, and GamePur has followed up with a note that Black Ops III has also gone missing from Amazon. To the best of our knowledge, Black Ops III is still available for pre-order on PSN, and as of the time of this writing is still listed on Steam.
There is some speculation that this may have to do with Sony’s relatively recent deal for DLC-exclusivity over Call of Duty: Black Ops III. According to Gamespot, Microsoft and Xbox have had first call on Call of Duty DLC historically; that is to say, all Call of Duty DLC launched on Microsoft platforms first, before eventually reaching others. This time around, however, Sony managed to snatch that away, partnering with Activision to bring Call of Duty DLC to PlayStation 4 first and foremost. Sony even trotted out Group CEO Andrew House at E3 to declare that, as he sees it, PlayStation 4 is the new home of Call of Duty, and he indicated that the deal would be continuing beyond Black Ops III.