We’re now just days away from the big zombies reveal on September 26th for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. The next installment in the series is coming out on November 13th, which means we now have less than two months of waiting left! Let’s take a closer look at the multiplayer mode of the new game, which Treyarch studio boss Mark Lamia calls “the lifeblood o the franchise.”
As Lamia points out, the single-player campaign mode is something that many players will finish in a matter of hours, and while they may go back and play it again (especially now that there are branching storylines), the multiplayer mode is played by numerous combatants online 365 days a year worldwide. While the COD multiplayer mode has always been popular and the main focus for fans, Treyarch was convinced that they could do an even better job this year with Black Ops 2.
“Black Ops did everything we wanted it to do,” explained Lamia. “But one of the things that it didn’t do is look at the gameplay and say: ‘Hey, let’s significantly innovate upon some of these core systems.’” In other words, the previous Treyarch contribution introduced new maps and customization within the existing framework, but Black Ops 2 includes an overhaul of that framework. Changes this big haven’t come into play since Call of Duty 4. So if you’ve been getting excited about Black Ops 2 but you had a beef with the way things worked before, chances are you’ll be impressed with the new game. The studio has really gone above and beyond the call (pun intended) to ensure more fairness in gameplay and to introduce new, exciting features like sports casting while removing old, unpopular features such as deathstreaks.