Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – here’s a simple fix for the “A.B.C” server error

By Sherif Saed
6 November 2015 08:22 GMT

As Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 starts going live across the world, a few reports of outdated versions and server issues have cropped up.


If you’ve been playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 in the past few hours – or if you’ve been watching others play it – you’ve probably come across a server error preventing you from playing multiplayer.

The error reads, “The Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 server is not available at this time” and asks users to check server status online. There’s also a very strange error code that goes something like “A.B.C,-.-F.G”. Some players have taken to calling it “the ABC error” as a result.

According to Activision Support, this is happening becaus the latest game update hasn’t been applied. The publisher recommends restarting the console and retrying.

The key thing to note here is the version number on the top right when you get this error. In short, you shouldn’t be seeing

If restarting your console and applying the latest update doesn’t work, relaunch the game, but don’t press continue this time. Wait until the version number on the top right changes. It seems this process is slow for some, possibly due to server load.

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