David Vonderhaar, one of the most vocal and social members of the Treyarch development team, has stated via Twitter that players will not be able to use riot shields in multiplayer game modes in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
@dillonbogle43 Not in MP.
— David Vonderhaar (@DavidVonderhaar) September 27, 2015
Riot shield players were often somewhat easy to counter, though, to be fair. A well-placed, cooked grenade or an accurately thrown C4 could easily wipe them out. Plus, many were incapable of dodging a simple dodge and knife maneuver.
Vonderhaar didn’t go into details as to why riot shields were taken out of multiplayer. His short response of “Not in MP” alludes to the fact that shields will still be present in the campaign (a feature Xbox 360 and PS3 players won’t get to experience), though.
While there will undoubtedly be some players that will be saddened by this news, most gamers will be thrilled to hear that the multiplayer experience won’t be ruined by shield campers.