Activision hosted a press event at Gamescom earlier today, during which they unveiled some new details about the games support for esports. One of the biggest features that was announced is the addition of a new multiplayer system that Activision is calling the “Ban and Protect System”.

What this new system will do is allows player to vote for items they would like to “ban” or “protect” before each match, either in competitive or private game modes.

The list of bannable and protectable items range within Black Ops III weapons, types of perks and other game-affecting features, the items that come out on top will not be available to use within the game when it starts, allowing players to set up competitive game modes easily, and even add some strategy in the game by banning a gun that the other team relies on, or protecting an item you rely on. Once an item has been protected it will be accessible even if another player has banned it on the vote screen.

On top of this they also unveiled another new system for competitive games, called Specialist Draft it introduces a restriction on the number of Specialist abilities in a single match, meaning that if a player chooses a specific ability they will be the only one who gets that ability on their team during that match.


And if that wasn’t enough, Activision finished up with the unveiling of the Arena game mode, set to replace League Play from Black Ops II, it is a ranked online game mode, it offers players the chance to play more competitively without taking it too seriously and ending up in an MLG arena.


In the mode there will be 20 ranks in total to achieve, as well as a Master’s Division rank at the top, players will be demoted if they lose two games in a row, and quitters will lose two steps in the ranking system. All ranks will also be assigned individually.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III will launch for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC on November 6th.

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