Yesterday, the first Zombies Mode trailer was revealed for Black Ops II. It looked quite awesome, but we were still in the dark about a lot of features Treyarch have packed into this year’s entry. That has all changed today, however, as a ton of details have came out on multiplayer in general, and what players can expect to see within Call of Duty’s most played mode – as well as the entire disc as a hole.
The first big upgrade is the all new Create A Class, which will feature the “pick-10” allocation system, allowing an unprecedented number of combinations of create-a-class content. You see, every piece of content is worth one point, and you can spend your 10 points in any way you like, encouraging a greater level of customization for individual play styles. Adding to this, the Wildcard feature allows players to “extend the system” and configure classes in more unique ways – players can take multiple perks from one category, equip their primary with three attachments, carry two lethals, and more.
Kill Streaks have also gotten a revamp, along with perks of course, and the deets on the bonuses are pretty savory, to say the least:
While you’re at it, chew on this news for all of the confirmed upgrades, and bonus features such as Live Streaming and League Play, which should of course further CoD’s dominance in the competitive gaming scene.
UPGRADED WEAPONS, ATTACHMENTS AND EQUIPMENT: Near-future warfare means upgrades in technology that soldiers will use in the field. Additionally, weapon perks are now built into the attachments:
eSPORTS – A huge inspiration for the team and a core pillar to the multiplayer agenda, Call of Duty: Black Ops II introduces Live Streaming and Shoutcasting, taking the competitive spirit of Call of Duty and elevating it to a spectator sport, while providing the tools to beam compelling gameplay to the world.
CODCASTING –The caster is a specialized spectator who takes on the role of color commentator for any recorded game video, providing play-by-play coverage of the action. There are a variety of shoutcaster-specific features built into the game:
LIVESTREAMING – To make competitive gaming not only fun to play but also fun to watch, Treyarch has made it possible to live stream from inside thegame. Players only need an internet connection with the required minimum amount of upstream bandwidth and a copy of the game.
LEAGUE PLAY – Competition is fun at any level, which is why Treyarch has introduced Leagues, offering skill-based matchmaking and seasonal ladders. Play a small number of matches to get your skill rating, and from there, you’ll be placed into a division with players of similar skill. Keep winning and you’ll move up in rank – steady progress will move you up the ladder and into upper divisions. Skill-based matchmaking ensures that you are challenged but not out-gunned.
Game modes in general have seen a lot of attention this year, with the biggest change being that objective-based romps now being round based.) Call of Duty: Black Ops II enables three game modes to play in Multiteam mode: Team Death Match, Hardpoint and Kill Confirmed. Hardpoint is a new game mode inspired by those traditional King of the Hill style modes, where teams are battling for map control. More modes that can played are detailed in full below:
Custom Games – Play with up to six teams and 18 players. All game modes, and all variants of game modes, including Hardcore, Multiteam, and Party games are available for players to be able to customize. While League Play fulfills the promise of making gameplay fun at any level, custom games ensure that it’s fun in a different way – because you get to define the parameters. Players can:
Party Games – Formerly known as Wager Matches in Call of Duty: Black Ops, Sharpshooter, Gun Game, One in the Chamber and Sticks & Stones all make their return. These “just for fun” modes don’t use Create-a-Class or Scorestreak systems. However – unlike the previous title’s Wager Matches – players will earn XP and can even rank up the normal progression as you would with traditional game modes.
Combat Training – Evolved further, Combat Training is now integrated into the main game, offering three playlists for players:
Challenges – Encourages and rewards players for branching out and experiencing game content, always providing a new goal around every turn, as well as bragging rights for those that achieve them. With thousands of Challenges to complete, it is the way for players to unlock cosmetic content and a way to define the player persona in the world of online play.
Theater – Provides players with a set of features, serving as both a production tool, but also a research and training tool.
New Features Theater brings with it :
Of course the most notable achievement for players is always their Prestige. Returning with 55 levels with 10 levels of Prestige, Call of Duty: Black Ops II does not “wipe the slate clean” and require players to start over at each Prestige – instead, it continues a player’s level progression. Weapon XP and/or earned attachments are not reset, nor are Challenges – anything earned stays unlocked for continued use.
MULTIPLAYER MAPS: In the gameplay rotation:
1-4 player co-op in a large open world with a variety of locations. The new Buildables gameplay elements help players move through each area to find the key tidbits that reveal why they are there and what they must do to survive. All the while, public transportation is still operational, as a bus will regularly stop at each location. Zombies ride for free.
Recreating the classic mode of just purely surviving the shambling, incoming Zombie horde, Survival mode allows you to play 1-4 players co-op in specific locations from the much larger Tranzit area.
You and friends can take on up to 4 people in a team vs. Zombies vs. team scenario. 2-8 players are thrown into anarea to be the last humans standing.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II features new and extensive stat tracking as well as leaderboards for bragging rights. A new skill-based matchmaking system will allow players of the same ability to take on the horrors of the night in public game modes. For players that are looking for an extra challenge, Zombies features custom games: Headshots only, higher starting rounds, and a toggling of extra items are all available.
Massive enough of an update for you? Well, this is indeed looking like the broadest and most revamped Call of Duty to date, and Treyarch have ensured that all bases are covered when it comes to where it matters with the fans, which is a great thing to see. Call of Duty: Black Ops II hits shelves on November 18th for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and Wii U.