Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Nuketown 2025 bonus map

It looks as if those who preorder Black Ops 2 will be given a bonus map called Nuketown 2025. This is extremely interesting because of a number of reasons:

Firstly, it kind of confirms people's expectations that Black Ops 2's multiplayer will be set in the future. Although we've already been told that the single player would take place in a near-future setting, there has been no real confirmation about whether or not the multiplayer will follow the same time frame. Now that we know there will be a futuristic version of Nuketown, we can safely guess that the Black Ops 2 multiplayer will also be based on the near future.

Secondly; how will people react to this? Being awarded free DLC for pre-ordering is often frowned upon by ardent gamers who feel as if publishers are already making enough money as it is. It's definitively not a subject that is without controversy. Although, it has to be said: it is much better than awarding people extra guns or perks.

Here's a promotional poster for the Nuketown 2025 bonus map:

When will the multiplayer reveal be released?

Let's face it: Most Call of Duty fans only care about the multiplayer side of things. While I say that I like hearing news about the upcoming single player, there's always that voice in the back of my head that says "Shut up and tell me about the goddamn multiplayer!"

Fortunately, it looks as if a reveal trailer is set for mid-August, which is earlier than last year's reveal, which took place in September.

This is according to Treyarch's David Vonderhaar, who told everyone on Twitter that information about Black Ops 2's multiplayer will be released in 7 or 8 weeks.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Adjustable FOV in Multiplayer

Twitter user pcdev, who just so happens to be the Director of Technology at Treyarch, announced today that there will be adjustable FOV in Black Ops 2's multiplayer.

Speaking on Twitter, pcdev said:
Confirmed: Lean and Adjustable FOV in MP ‪#BlackOps2‬

Sunday, June 10, 2012

What will be the top level prestige on Black Ops 2?

In Black Ops 2, it looks as if you will have to work your way through 55 levels before you can hit the prestige button. This is opposed to the previous Call of Duty game (MW3), where you had to reach level 80 before you could get into the next prestige. Note that this information was gleaned from the multiplayer demo at E3, so it could be changed before release (although I doubt it).

There's still no information regarding how many prestiges will be in Black Ops 2. Usually, you'd bet your money on 10, but who knows; Treyarch could follow Infinity Ward's lead and add in an extra 5. My best guess would be 10.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Gameplay from E3

Here's some of the walkthrough gameplay for Black Ops 2. This was at this year's E3 conference:

This is a demo from the single story campaign mode.