Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 massive multiplayer revamp revealed
Developer Treyarch has already said that the much anticipated shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will arrive on consoles and PCs on 13 November, but until now we’ve not even heard a peep about multiplayer, arguably the most important aspect of a Call of Duty game.
That’s all changed with lots of details emerging at Gamescom in Cologne today: and what we’re looking at is a very different take on the established deathmatch.
Treyarch has previewed the multiplayer mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, set entirely in the near future, to journalists at the German games expo, and it’s the biggest shake up to the system since the billion-pound games became an annual franchise.
First up, it appears character customisation is now much more granular: you can now pick up to 10 bits of gear in your load out, and you can choose whatever you like. You can even trade off some of these points as “wildcards” to attach extra attachments on guns above the typical limit, or to carry more grenades.
Even kill streaks are no more: now it’s about score streaks, and your points rack up as you pull off more and more impressive stunts. A kill whilst holding a flag is worth more than when you’re unencumbered, for instance. They’re still activated in the same way, but there are now 22 different score streak to unlock – if you’re good enough.
New gameplay modes meanwhile include the promising “multi-team”, which pits your crew against up to five other teams at once (with a maximum of 18 players in a game), and Hardpoint, similar to a classic Halo gameplay mode in which you must hold down a random spot on a map for as long as possible.
Perhaps most intriguingly, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 multiplayer will have integration with popular live streaming services built in. E-sport is growing in popularity online, and you’ll be able to broadcast your match over the internet with a push of a button, and even use audio streaming service Shoutcast.
All of these changes promise to make Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 multiplayer a refreshingly different experience when the game launches later this year: in the meantime, you can check out the official multiplayer trailer right here. Let us know if you’re liking the changes in the comments.