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Treyarch dodging preconceived notions with Black Ops 2

by Bill Hess on August 22, 2012


Now that Treyarch has almost completely revealed what to expect from Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, fans of the franchise mostly agree that the developer has made some distinct changes to the formula for the game. From the inclusion of shoutcasting tools, to the removal of traditional Kill Streaks, Black Ops 2 is definitely shaping up to be a deviation from the norm for the franchise.

“That was another game last year, this is our game,” Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia told The Verge in a recent interview.   “It’s not like you just take last year’s Call of Duty and update it.  As a matter of fact, the game and the technology that we started with was Black Ops; it’s a different branch inside Call of Duty.”

“When we decided to talk to Activision about the branding of Black Ops, it was very deliberate,” Lamia continued.  “It didn’t have to fit into any kind of time period or preconceived notions… So the teams got very creative with that, whether it was with the story or the multiplayer.”

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is scheduled for release on November 13th, 2012 on multiple platforms.

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  • HighGuy

    “Fans of the franchise mostly agree that the developer has made some distinct changes to the formula for the game.” – BS

  • IHATEHIPSTERS

    “It’s not like you just take last year’s Call of Duty and update it” LOL THATS EXACTLY WHAT YOU DO

  • Me

    Actually you don’t because last years game was modern warfare series. Treyarch the black ops series. Ever notice that it went from mw to WaW to mw2 to black ops to mw3 to now black ops 2?

  • Argonian Man

    Its like that because infinity ward and treyarch each have a two year development cycle so one game gets released a year. However I do think that Call of Duty is almost the same every year but with slight changes, essencially the opposite of what treyarch said.

  • Heavenswarrior121

    I know thats the reason it sales great…

  • Underworld

    Pretty much every FPS war title is the same. Run, shoot, run, shoot.

    But I still like them and I’m actually excited about black ops 2. I didn’t think I would be, but I am. Looks fun :)

  • AIRFREAK

    Call of duty is back

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