The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops III won't feature a single player campaign, Activision has announced.

Instead, each will only ship with the game's multiplayer and zombie modes.

“The ambitious scope of the one-four player co-op campaign design of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC versions could not be faithfully recreated on old generation hardware,” said Activision.

Other features absent from last-gen versions of the game include its new Weapon Paint Shop and suite of eSports tools.

The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops III will retail for US$49.99 and include a digital copy of the original Black Ops in some yet to be announced territories.