World War III: Black Gold is a captivating game that takes the player to the near future. The political crisis has been going on for months, leading to worldwide turmoil. Commission reveals that worldwide oil reserves have reached dangerously low levels: Oil reserves will run out within 8-10 years. This proves too short for even the most highly industrialized countries to switch their economies to alternative energy sources. Soon, mass protests erupt all over the world, effectively shutting down the global economy. The Great Powers have declared WW III.