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Coalescence Corporation is a faction in Call of Duty: Black Ops III and V.E.R.S.I.O.N. It is a global defense, security, medical research and advanced technology company with worldwide interests, and are one of the world's largest defense contractors. It was founded in 2018, initially to develop novel industrial robotics solutions for heavy and hazardous industries. Coalescence is currently headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland, and employs 102,000 people worldwide.

During 2060, SP/CORVUS, an illegal research project led by Sebastian Krueger and Yousef Salim conducted tests on human subjects. The Singapore Coalescence facility, ground zero of the disaster, unintentionally released Nova 6 into the atmosphere, killing 300,000 people. The Zürich facility, shown in the mission Life, was also experimenting with the weapon.



The Coalescence Corporation was originally founded in 2018 for the purpose of creating industrial robotics for heavy and hazardous industries.

Acquisition of Stock from Tacitus Corporation[]

After the death of Raul Menendez in 2025, his shell company Tacitus Corporation was subsequently dissolved, with most of its shares bought back by Coalescence. This would substantially benefit the company; a large number of Coalescence's robotics and unmanned systems are based off of Tacitus' products and research.

Beginning of Human Augmentation[]

In 2026, Coalescence was apparently partnering with DARPA to conduct research into augmentations, which marked the beginning of the corporations' trade in human augmentation.[1]

Expansion and Growth[]

During the 2040s, the widespread adoption of exoskeletons by military forces across the world saw Coalescence's share prices soar. In 2042, the company acquired Axcentric Systems, granting it a foothold in mental augmentation and neuro-imaging technology.[2] By 2051, the corporation was also experiencing huge market growth from genetic augmentation and organ replacement sales, which had became increasingly popular as luxury products.[3]

They would also go on to make numerous defense-related products like the General Purpose Infantry Unit and pioneer the Direct Neural Interface through the CIA-backed SP/CORVUS program.

Cotardist attack[]

On December 12, 2054, at 7:31AM, a bomb was detonated by Cotardist terrorists on a commuter train bound for Coalescence's Zürich HQ. The train had been carrying a prototype software capable of rewriting itself so it could interface with any other software intended for the Winslow Accord Neural Network Initiative which would become core to the DNI system. The bomb's detonation destroyed the prototype but, inadvertently, resulted in the acceleration of the program.

Coalescence Disaster[]

On June 2, 2060, a massive explosion rocked the Coalescence Corporation R&D Facility on the north bank of the Singapore Marina a little after 8:30AM. Fires and tall plumes smoke hovered across the city, and initial reports state that some unknown toxin was released causing mass casualties. As a result, the Singaporean government initiated a quarantine zone roughly 25 sq. miles (65 sq. kilometers), and the Singapore Armed Forces were ordered to shoot any fleeing citizen within for fear of further contamination. Cleanup crews wearing biohazard gear were sent to determine the cause of the outbreak; such crews were often attacked by rioters in the early days of the disaster. If their biohazard gear was breached, they would be forced to remain within the zone under strict quarantine protocols.[4]

After the first week following the Coalescence Disaster, casualty figures estimated over 100,000 dead and around 400,000 still trapped within the Quarantine Zone. The majority of the casualties were thought to have occurred within the first hours of the explosion from the Coalescence Corporation. Over the course of the disaster, no single toxin or contaminant had been identified as the leading cause of death in the Q-Zone. After the first month following the Coalescence Disaster, the official death toll was at 200,000 and increasing. The Coalescence Corporation was cooperating fully with the Singaporean government. They paid for much of the relief effort and helped airdrop supplies for the survivors still within the Q-Zone. the corporation would ultimately spend billions of dollars on aid for survivors and compensation to the families of those killed.[4]

By the end of August 2060, 250,000 were confirmed dead. The death rate amongst the remaining 200,000 survivors had fallen dramatically, with the vast majority of deaths now being attributed to aggressive cancers and cytotoxic contaminants.[4]

The events of the explosion were revealed to have originated a mile below the Coalescence building, where a secret DNI testing lab was located. The project was run by the CIA and Coalescence Corporation, who were testing their first DNI prototype on human test subjects. A glitch in the system caused a being named "Corvus" to be formed from the minds of the various DNI subjects being experimented on. Its creation resulted in the explosion, which released the chemical agent into the atmosphere.

Despite the massive financial and reputational costs of the incident, Coalescence would survive the incident and continue to trade as one of the top performing corporations on global stock markets.

The Black Project's Discovery[]

In the year 2064, 4 years after the disaster, a Winslow Accord team consisting of WA agents Dylan Stone, Alice Conrad, Javier Ramirez and Joseph Fierro stumble upon the site while investigating an alarm which originated below the building. There, they discovered the nature of the site and the CIA's involvement. Disgusted by what they found, they threatened to reveal this intel to the whole world. The CIA, not taking any chances, attempted to have them eliminated but they killed the CIA staff at the local Black station and fled. WA agents Jacob Hendricks and John Taylor were sent to investigate the site and the reason for Stone's team's betrayal. They discover Javier Ramirez in the server room uploading the intel worldwide. After defeating Javier, Hendricks and Taylor interrogate him, with Hendricks executing him afterwards, something which he felt great remorse for. After his death, the 54 Immortals, who had caused the alarm, attempted to destroy the facility to kill Hendricks and Taylor in revenge for Goh Min's death, but the two were able to escape.

Dream Sequence[]

After the Player's mind goes into their DNI, they relive the events of Taylor and Hendricks' mission through Taylor's perspective. This time, it was Taylor's Team, which consisted of Sebastian Diaz, Sarah Hall, Peter Maretti and John Taylor himself who were investigating the site after an alarm was tripped under the building. After discovering the black project, they headed to the server room where Taylor attempted to use his DNI to interface with the main server and find any intel, but was infected by Corvus in the process. Eventually, Corvus spread across Taylor's team, corrupting all of them. After being called back to the CIA Black Station in Singapore for "debriefing", they killed the staff of the station in a style known as the "Denial of Reincarnation". "Denial of Reincarnation" had previously been performed by Jae Xiong, a 54 Immortals enforcer who had been one of the DNI test subjects and whose memories were now a part of Corvus. When the Player and Hendricks reached the server room, they discovered Sebastian Diaz hooked up to the server with his DNI, sending the intel worldwide while also controlling all the GI units in the facility. The Player, with assistance from Rachel Kane and Hendricks, successfully destroyed the server, critically wounding Diaz. Kane, knowing how important this information would be, ordered Hendricks to interface with Diaz, which would kill Diaz in the process. Hendricks was reluctant, but faced with no other choice, interfaced with Diaz. Before Diaz was killed, he mentioned to Hendricks that he could see the Frozen Forest. In interfacing with Diaz, Hendricks had become infected by Corvus as well. From the intel gathered from Diaz, Hendricks stated that Taylor was leaving Singapore with the assistance of the 54 Immortals, who were also about to destroy the facility. Goh Xiulan, the leader of the 54i, ordered the facility to be flooded. The Player and Hendricks, however, were able to escape in time.


Defense Division[]



Company Information[]

  • Business type: Public Company
  • Traded as: NYSE: CLSC
  • Type: Defense, Industry, Manufacture, Software
  • Areas served: Worldwide
  • Business Segments: Medical Research, Robotics, Military Systems
  • Product areas: Bio Research, Direct Neural Interface systems, Industrial Robotics, Integrated Operating Systems, Genetic Therapies, Medical Research, Medical Robotics, Military Robotics, Weapons Systems
  • Revenue: $55.64 billion
  • Operating Income: $5.5 billion

In 2063, 83% of Coalescence's corporate revenue came from military contracts. Of that, 89% came from Winslow Accord and CDP spending. Unaligned countries and law enforcement accounted for 7% and the remaining 4% was provided by private military contractors.


Security Forces[]

The Coalescence Corporation has its own internal security forces to protect corporate property. While these forces involve conventional human forces, including exo-suit equipped soldiers, the real power of Coalescence's security forces is in its unmanned weapons; the corporation relies heavily on drones, such as GIUs, as well as Autonomous Sentry Platforms and P.A.W.W.S.. Unmanned aerial vehicles are also common. At the Zürich headquarters, these drones were all controlled from a sub-basement command centre.[7]

Coalescence's Zürich headquarters is mentioned as having its own miniature version of Directed Energy Air Defense Systems on the roof. In addition, the building's surface was covered in a proprietary mixture of collodial quantum dots. While these quantum dots were normally used to allow the building to absorb solar energy (in theory making it the world's first self-sufficient building exterior) and to switch individual windows between transparent and opaque on demand, they were also capable of being arranged into a third setting that was steel-gray in colouration and was designed to reinforce the building, capable not only of stopping ballistic weapons but possibly even being rammed by low flying aircraft. This third feature was apparently not publicly known until its first use.[8]




  1. Mentioned in V.E.R.S.I.O.N.
  2. Mentioned in V.E.R.S.I.O.N.
  3. Official Call of Duty®: Black Ops III "Ember" Tease, 1:27-:133
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Data Vault recordings of news articles concerning the Disaster. Press "B" for PC users to open bookmarks-->CEA - Gang violence spills into Singapore-->Quarantine Zone-->Coalescence Disaster;
    Links from both the Quarantine Zone article and Coalescence Disaster article give most of these details
  5. Mentioned in V.E.R.S.I.O.N.
  6. Mentioned in V.E.R.S.I.O.N.
  7. V.E.R.S.I.O.N.
  8. V.E.R.S.I.O.N.