Two separate weekends have gone by since the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, and fans were beginning to take notice of the fact that the game has not yet held an in-game event of any kind since its release. This might have seemed odd to fans of the series since weekend events have long been a stable of the Call of Duty franchise.
Thankfully, fans won’t have to wait much longer before enjoying the first ever multiplayer event for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 because developer Treyarch finally confirmed from their official Twitter account that they will be hosting a double experience weekend starting tomorrow that will allow players to level up faster in all multiplayer matches, including the cooperative Zombies mode.
Surprise, surprise…our Twitter poll was unanimous: tomorrow, we’ll activate 2XP for MP/Zombies. Enjoy the weekend! pic.twitter.com/MBkzpXB5nw
— Treyarch Studios (@Treyarch) November 18, 2015
According to Treyarch’s initial announcement, the weekend event will start on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC this Thursday and will run through Monday morning. The double experience event is also expected to be available on Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 as well, but the developer has not revealed the start time for last-gen consoles.
The developer also stated that they are currently investigating connectivity issues that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 users have been experiencing in some regions and expect to have a fix ready for an upcoming patch. Treyarch Studios’ David Vonderhaar later commented that they have released the last hotfix for the game before delivering the first post-launch update for Call of Duty Black: Ops 3.
Despite early predictions that Call of Duty sales should see a decline each year, Black Ops 3 has already proven to be a huge success. Activision is already claiming that the game has been the “biggest entertainment launch” of the year thus far. The video game publisher announced last week that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 sold better than any other form of entertainment media that has launched in 2015.
“Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 arrived to fans around the world and thanks to their incredible support, it went on to become the biggest entertainment release of the year, including theatrical box office, music, and books, and surpassed $550 million in sell-through worldwide—all within its first three days of availability.”
Activision clarified that the claims account for all Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 purchases made before or during the first three days after the game officially launched. This counts both physical and digital sales alike and also takes add-on purchases into account such as the Season Pass.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 broke several other launch records. The publisher claimed that the latest installment of the popular shooter franchise has already had higher levels of player engagement and concurrency than what has been seen in the series before. Additionally, Activision also announced that Black Ops 3 also became the fastest selling digital game launch on Sony’s PlayStation 4 console.
“Players also set a new record for engagement per player for Call of Duty. Overall, gamers combined to spend more than 75 million hours online in Black Ops 3 in its first three days. For fans on PlayStation 4, Black Ops 3 marked a new record as the best-selling digital full game by units sold in its first day of availability on PS4.”
Activision and Treyarch also hope to see more players embrace Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 as a competitive eSport title. As the Inquisitr reported earlier this year, the game’s publisher and developer plan to team up to expand the title’s seasonal tournaments and will even give any player the opportunity to earn a spot on a professional team.
Do you plan to take advantage of this weekend’s bonus experience event in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3?
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