SDCC 2015: Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies Escape the Room Challenge!

Call of Duty came to San Diego Comic Con for the first time in 2015, bringing Black Ops III and a panel with the director and lead writer of the highly-anticipated Zombies mode. Outside of the convention, they brought the off-site event Call of Duty Black Ops III: Zombies Escape the Room Challenge to promote the game.

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Free to the public, those with and without badges, the challenge started with a lengthy introduction to the setting of the game. Utilizing a speakeasy setting, groups were split into two based on what you were given – a matchbook or a tarot card – upon entering. This determined the room you entered. We at Nerdophiles got matchbooks and proceeded into a dark room with our group.

Once entering, everyone found a comfy place to sit down before the doors were closed. It was the set up for a show, but suddenly a voiceover began narrating the dire situation and giving out clues to escape. It was a group effort to solve the puzzle, making for a bit of a traffic jam here and there, and also for a relatively quick solution. From finding the magnifying glass and putting the liquor bottles into a specific order to unlock a safe, our group worked together to solve the puzzle. However, the introduction took almost as long as being in the room itself when all was said and done.

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But even though the experience was quick, it was a fun and easy way to hype up the next installment of Call of Duty and the new Zombies mode. There were less zombies than I was expecting though. We had to board up a door where they were groaning and reaching through – better than the jump scares some of my friends were trying to convince me would occur, but a bit of a letdown after the hype up of zombies!!!

Once the group solved the puzzle and could exit the room, we were able to take a photo-op of us running from zombies, and received a small swag bag for our efforts.

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