Treyarch delivers a thick coat of pulpy noir in this prologue to CoD: Black Ops III Zombies

The hardboiled detectives and wicked dames of noir fiction have lead to the genre’s continued popularity for more than 90 years. And why not? Noir films and books all feature bad people doing bad deeds before meeting a bad end… which makes it the perfect environment for an undead uprising.

Treyarch came to the same conclusion when developing Call of Duty: Black Ops III as the franchise’s famed Zombies Mode will flashback to the 1940s in “Shadows of Evil,” a morally ambiguous tale of good and evil that stars Jeff Goldblum (as The Magician), Heather Graham (as The Femme Fatale), Ron Perlman (as The Boxer), and Neal McDonough (as The Cop). The developer recently screened the co-op mode’s prologue at the New York Comic-Con, and yesterday, they released it for public consumption. Film noir fans will enjoy the period touches, but like I said, these are bad people people who’ve done bad deeds. Can you keep them from a bad end?

Be sure to watch the prologue again and let’s all find out together when Call of Duty: Black Ops III is released for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on November 6.

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John Scalzo is Warp Zoned's Editor-In-Chief and resident retro gaming expert. You can follow him on Twitter or email him at john AT warpzoned DOT com.

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