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Black Ops 2 Will Shake Things Up for Call of Duty franchise

| May 6, 2012

Black Ops 2 Will Shake Things Up for Call of Duty franchise News PC Gaming PlayStation Xbox  Treyarch Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Activision

If there’s one thing that was obvious from Activision’s latest reveal of Black Ops 2, it’s that Treyarch is set to shake things up for the Call of Duty franchise.  It’s commonplace for developers or publishers to profess their latest titles as “their most ambitious”, as is the case with Black Ops 2.  Activision has wasted no time in telling fans that this is the Call of Duty, that they’ve been asking for.

“Hands down, this is the most ambitious Call of Duty ever,” said Activision publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg.  “We are bringing disruptive innovation to the franchise and we are doing it on several fronts. We’re pushing the boundaries technologically, graphically, and from a narrative gameplay perspective.”  So what exactly is Black Ops 2 doing that fans will be surprised about?

Black Ops 2 Will Shake Things Up for Call of Duty franchise News PC Gaming PlayStation Xbox  Treyarch Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Activision   First and foremost, and most evident from the reveal trailer, the franchise will head into the future. The story revolves around a brand new protagonist, David Mason, the son of Alex Mason from the original Call of Duty: Black Ops.  Set in a series of flashbacks that will have you gallivanting through different eras, you’ll play as Alex and David Mason stretching from the 1980’s to 2025.  Black Ops 2 will tell the story of a war that is not fought in traditional fashion.  It’s one that will see both technological advancements, and a change in ideology.  Rare elements that are used in the production of the world’s essential products are the new spoils of war, but just how this will play into the story of Black Ops 2 hasn’t been fully revealed.

“We won’t rest until we’ve launched nothing less than the best Call of Duty we’ve ever made,” says TreyarchFrom a single player perspective, Black Ops 2 definitely appears to be a change of pace for the fans who are looking for a solo experience.  For the first time in the Call of Duty franchise, Treyarch will introduce a non-linear story to Black Ops 2.  Making key decisions throughout the single player campaign, your Black Ops 2 experience can vary with that of others, according to Treyarch.  Mark Lamia describes the campaign as “a thought provoking story that introduces branching storylines and meaningful choices that impact the narrative.”  Early indications show that the campaign for Black Ops 2 will be a diverse set.  From futuristic weapons and gunplay, to horse riding through Afghanistan, it’s probably just safe to expect the unexpected from Black Ops 2’s single player campaign.

Call of Duty’s meteoric rise in popularity definitely didn’t come from the single player portion of the game however.  Most fans play for the multiplayer, and it’ll see it’s fair share of advancements as well.  Once again, Black Ops 2 will boast it’s smooth 60 frames per second gameplay that fans have grown accustomed to.   Whether they’ll use Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s new strike package features, is yet to be announced, but Lamia’s team is shooting for the best multiplayer in franchise history. “We’re embracing all skill levels and play styles to give players more ways to engage.  With Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, we’re all in and we won’t rest until we’ve launched nothing less than the best Call of Duty we’ve ever made.”

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  • The Thal

    Call of Duty is better at advertising then they are at making games. I’m starting to think Don Dreaper himself comes up with this BS

  • chuy

    LMAO, they’ll say anything to sell this game.

    • Iheardumbpeople

      Why, Black Ops was the best selling COD game ever. Sorry all you IW love birds!

  • $25193756

    At first i almost spilled my drink when it says in the article ”We’re pushing the boundaries technologically, [(GRAPHICALLY)], and from a narrative gameplay perspective.”

    But then i thought, maybe its because they are always trying to keep the steady 60fps.

  • $25193756

    dont really like the idea of idea of ”embracing all skill levels and play styles”……….

    Thats like saying , they are giving noobs a way to be able to compete with better players, which shouldnt be. Instead, they should let noobs at least try to get better to be able to compete. Thats how competition works doesnt it? 

    It will be interesting to see the new game, but i dont wanna set my expectations too high for a cod game. Because, we all know how that goes lol

  • someguy

    Another Cod Game? What does it take to make them, a year?


    it looks just like black ops 1 !!!!!!! plus future i will not be buying this only reason i like cod is zombies i will only be getting this if it comes with the ALL THE MAPS THAT BLACK OPS 1 HAS FOR FREE !!!! Y PAY FOR SAME DLC  I ALREADY HAVE !!!!!!!!!

    • Iheardumbpeople

      Let’s take a look at your post. “Looks just like BO1, plus future” Well, if it’s in the future, it can’t look just like the 1st one which was clearly not in the future. C’mon kid!


    Did you guys read the article? they’re actually changing things this time. Sounds pretty bitchin. 

  • platinumwarrior121

    Yall the same dumb a** humans who b*tch and complain every year about cod but comes november your in the line buying the game like seriously stfu…and if you dont buy it theres a 98% chance your going to rent it either way your going to play b-ops 2 so cut the crap

  • Skittelz

    I personally thought Black Ops was a bad game. The mulltiplayer was too un balanced. If you weren’t the best, then you were terrible, there was no middle ground. And the zombies was TERRIBLE compared to WAW. Nothing could ever compare. Black Ops lost the feel of zombies and could not re-create it no matter how hard they tried. The added black ops arcade which was an alright mode. It was good if you just wanted to play the game with little competition and for fun but othere than that it was pretty useless. I think Black Ops 2 will just be a filler game like the first so they can come out with another one next year. I’m not going to be getting this game because you’ll have maybe 3 more guns and the same perks with different names. The ONLY way I would get this game is if they had EVERY WAW zombies maps and a few of the multiplayer and that is still iffy.

    • $25193756

      ?!!!! black ops had the best balance!  

  • Kneese

    What about zombies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kirk

    oh great….COD is becoming damn HALO…futuristic tard looking crap.

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  • Nicky

    Haven’t had a CoD since WaW.
    Will not b buying this one either.
    I’d like to see them have players play as a team in TEAM deathmatch.
    I’d like to see them do the realistic things they claim to do.
    I.e. Blow up walls, a la realism.
    Half this game isn’t a new concept, it’s what Ubisoft have been doing for years with Ghost Recon.
    I’ll look forward to seeing all the pre-owned copies 2 weeks after release at Game.
    Just like with MW3.

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