Black Ops 2 will “surprise and innovate every area” says game’s boss

According to Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia, Black Ops 2 will “surprise and innovate in every area”. Speaking to Official PlayStation Magazine UK he the team had “really ambitious goals” adding “I’m very proud of [the team] wanting to take on the challenge of not just iterating on BLOPs but coming up with great new innovative gameplay on every front.”

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Angels37852151d ago

...except for the technology powering the game......forgot that I guess....

OneAboveAll2151d ago

Took the words right out of my mouth. I bet the players end up hacking their way to the top of the leader-boards on the first day also.

Why even have leader boards if people are going to cheat to begin with?

thrasherv32151d ago

To see where you stack up against your friends.

decrypt2151d ago (Edited 2151d ago )


They are making the game for 6 year old hardware and they want it to run at 60fps. If they bring new tech, like a new engine and upgrade the graphics the game will no longer be able to run at a smooth 60fps on consoles.

Activision has hit a jackpot with COD series as there hardly is any other option for console gamers looking to play a Smooth 60fps MP Shooter. Since console gamers dont have an option, Activision is taking advantage of the situation. Why would they want to invest in making a new engine and lose their competitve advantage. Specially when MS and Sony also dont feel new hardware is required yet.

Activision dont want to risk dissapointing their fans by making the game look better but then having poor fps and ppl should understand this. If you do think it is Activisions fault, then go on name me one First person shooter on console that actually has good graphics and runs at 60fps while having a 9v9 MP mode. Dont take a lame name such as Rage, that game doesnt have a proper MP mode to begin with. You wanna blame someone for Activision not progressing graphics blame Sony, Ms or blame yourself for sticking on to old hardware 6 years later.

Zynga2151d ago (Edited 2151d ago )

"If you do think it is Activisions fault, then go on name me one First person shooter on console that actually has good graphics and runs at 60fps while having a 9v9 MP mode. Dont take a lame name such as Rage, that game doesnt have a proper MP mode to begin with."

Took the words out of my mouth. Fanboys don't seem to understand and jealous that none of their precious games run like that. I bet you if GG made killzone run at 60fps and lowered their resolution, they would give COD a run for their money even if DICE did it too. The 60 frames matters and that's why COD is best selling game on the 360 and PS3 year after year. The majority of the ppl here on N4G are graphic whores. While the rest of world will just go buy and play it because they enjoy it.

Angels37852151d ago

COD is no innovator in the game department either (far from it since COD4). Infinity Ward and treyarch have been caught time and time again using IDENTICAL code textures, map layouts,buildings etc. And ye other games to reuse textures, but whole map layouts???and buildings???? No. Also when I say they aren't innovating in the game engine I don't mean that graphics are the most important thing...but to say that game engines aren't innovative is completely absurd. If game engines aren't an innovation we'd be with pong still...or Mario LOL. Plus the story is worse than a Michael bay movie. So essentially the only things you guys are pointing out are a good story (apperently) whichever is a total joke. Graphics not smattering (LOL, they may not be the most important, but it's part of the presentation, in peoples minds if it looks shit it shows a lazy effort and therefore is shit. And lastly the "innovative" gameplay, granted WAS innovative in COD 4, but now its the same old boring mundane repetative shit, with small additions here and there....nothing more. So graphics aside....its no longer good....and horribly easy...and catered to moods.

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fermcr2151d ago (Edited 2151d ago )

"...except for the technology powering the game......forgot that I guess.... "

The most important thing that keeps a gamer interested in a game is game-play and story, not graphics. How many games have we seen this generation that have great graphics but are lacking in game-play and story, automaticly becoming crap games. As for this call of Duty i don't expect much from the story, but everybody plays call of duty for it's multi-player game-play.

awi59512151d ago (Edited 2151d ago )

I was so over COD years ago. These guys have copied dice since the company was created. 1942 was a awesome multiplayer WW2 game then cod copied it. BF2 was a awesome multiplayer game set in a modern setting with unlocks, jets, tanks, gunboats, choppers, in a massive maps that was unlike anyother game out. Then console noobs ripped them off and brought their game play to the masses as modern warfare. It drives me nuts that infinity ward gets so much credit for a Gen that dice clearly made and they just ripped it off and brought it to the masses it makes me crazy.

TekoIie2151d ago (Edited 2151d ago )

Game engines count as innovation now?!?! Your so desperate to bash COD.

GraveLord2151d ago

Why are you trolls so obsessed with graphics and game engines? If you knew what Call of Duty is, and the limitations of current consoles, you would know why the engine hasn't been upgraded.

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Hovis2151d ago

The problem with saying stuff like that is that it's all good and well but we all know that the core gameplay - 2 guns, knife slash, grenades, throw grenades back etc etc will remain unchanged.

I remember seeing the MW3 reveal trailer and it looked really interesting and diverse but you would always just end up with gun in hand mowing down loads of enemies because you hadn't crossed the invisible line.

Change the core gameplay or at least develop it and then the COD franchise will become fresh and interesting again.

Tachyon_Nova2151d ago

I completely disagree with you there. If you change the core gameplay, in what sense is it still a CoD game. Their goal shouldn't be to appeal to everyone, if you do that then you will make a good game.

I agree that they should develop and add to the core gameplay though, and if you watch the trailer then it is hard to believe that that would not be the case with Black Ops 2.

Hovis2151d ago

And therein lies the problem.

There are 2 types of people: those that like COD and those that don't.

No matter what you do in any form of entertainment you have to make your accessible to people (even the smallest amount) because that's how you enlarge your fanbase, so to speak.

With COD you know have the situation where its becoming increasingly hard for the developers to tempt people into playing the game because its 'stale', 'copied and pasted' etc.

But the franchise still needs to do what it does seeing as it isn't a spin off. Seeing the horses, plane section, numerous mechs and apparently sandbox gameplay personally I'm looking forward to seeing how Treyarch have altered the game.

Prcko2151d ago

yea right
they say that every year,and what we get

RedDead2151d ago (Edited 2151d ago )



First comment XD, just the same as the first on this page

duplissi2151d ago

... the trailer has me hopeful. but we shall see. treyarch has at the very least been trying to differentiate their cod offerings- which i respect, however to date it hasnt been enough. lets hope they have the balls to actually do something this time.

Somebody2151d ago

Drive/take control of something in a game? That's innovative?

A story that is actually "Terminators : The First Week of Armageddon" (a whole army of robots hacked and then turned on their master). That's innovative?

Zombies....that's innovation?

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