All campaign missions in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be unlocked from the start and can be played at any point.
Treyarch will let you play the final mission right from the beginning when the game launches November 6th. Speaking to Eurogamer, zombies and campaign director James Blundell explained the decision, saying it's about giving players more freedom.
"It gives them the flexibility to consume the content how they want," Blundell said. "The unlocking level system is an archaic mentality we've had since we did bedroom development back in the day – you do this, then go on to the next one.
"Consumers and game players in general are far more mature these days. There are so many things vying for our interests today. It's about, how do they want to consume it? Maybe they put it down on level two, and then they're in work the next day, and some guy says, 'dude, you've got to check out level four!' And he's like, 'okay, I'll have a quick look.' That's totally fine. I think it's their choice."
While you can play any part of the campaign you want from the start, Blundell says he isn't concerned about spoilers and pointed to the release of House of Cards on Netflix, when all episodes of a season launch at once.
"If you see the end you'll say, I need to understand this more," Blundell said. "When Netflix release House of Cards and do all the episodes, does everyone just jump to the end and go and play the last episode? Sure you can. But it's about the journey, though, right? Sure, people will jump on and play the last level. Okay. Cool. That's up to them.
"The way the story is constructed, it's more than just the end moment. I'm sure there are many films and other media types where you could read the last page, or see the last minutes, but really you've got to experience all of the other stuff to truly enjoy it."
Blundell also says he isn't concerned about vidoes of the end of the campaign being uploaded to YouTube, as that always happens quickly with Call of Duty.
You also need to complete the entire campaign in order to unlock achievements and trophies.
He also believes players will want to complete the whole campaign to see the entire story, which takes place in 2060 and looks at issues including human augmentation and data leaks.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 launches November 6th. The game does not have a campaign in the last-gen versions, and Activision has explained that it's because they don't want players to have a second-rate experience.