Another year, another Call of Duty! Modern Warfare 3 was unveiled earlier this week and… Well, it looks like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, again. Many people look down on the Call of Duty name due to the fact that it has yearly releases with relatively similar content. But sometimes it’s easy to forget that these titles actually see two years of development, thanks to two separate teams.
This week we ask a ‘what if’ question. What if the other team, Treyarch, didn’t exist? What if there was only one Call of Duty every two years? Do you think your image of the franchise would be different, or would you still view it as a cash in series? Or, if you’re on the flip side, do you enjoy the yearly releases? Would you gladly pick up multiple Call of Duty title each year?
Apparantly, Treyarch is getting fed up with video game fans. [Protip: NOT A POPULAR POSITION TO HAVE]
Well, I suppose that’s a little extreme. Treyarch are specifically angered with gamers that get angry over original/creative titles and want the same game over and over again.
“Too many developers who try new things are getting burned by “pundits” and angry entitled fans who look to be contrarian, sometimes simply for the sake of being contrarian. The only thing this attitude aims to achieve is stunt that creativity and innovation even further, which is something that no rational gamer looking to be entertained would want to do.” says Olin.
So what do you think? Do you guys get angry when developers try new things, or is Treyarch getting its underwear in a bunch over nothing?
We’ve already seen footage of Black Op’s upcoming map pack, First Strike. But that was more of a developer diary. Activision’s lastest video is actually a trailer, showing off some action packed gameplay within the levels.
The map pack is heading to Xbox Live first on February 1st, followed by a PS3 and PC release at a unannounced date. It will set you back 1200 microsoft points, or $15, but it does score you four new competitive maps and one new zombie map.
You can check out the trailer after the jump.
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There was a pretty big uproar in the PC community when Modern Warfare 2 moved away from dedicated servers and modding. But that won’t be the case with Treyarch’s upcoming entry in the series, Black Ops. Or rather, eventually it won’t be the case.
As of right now, Treyarch is completely focused on creating the game, so modding will have to come later. One of the developers on their offical forum said,”We plan to open the game up for modding sometime post-launch.” How long after the launch is currently unknown.
The developer also said, “And, dev console: confirmed.” I have absoutely no idea what that means, but I’m sure some of you do.
Activision has put together the usual Prestige and Hardend Editions for fans who are willing to go the extra mile with their wallet for some Call of Duty: Black Ops swag.
Those who pick up the Prestige package this time around are going to get a remote control car that is built after the title’s RC-XD video surveillance vehicle. It has a range of 200 feet and can record audio and full-color video. Activision has put together a trailer showing off the device in game, which looks pretty cool. You can check it out after the jump. I’m assuming the real versions won’t explode, at least as a pre-built in function.
Those who pick up the Peristege package will also get the Hardend Edition’s content as well. Hardened includes a limited edition Black Ops medal, a Black Ops avatar outfit for either Xbox Live or PlayStation home (depending on the version), and four playable cooperative maps. Both sets are launching November 9th and, while not officially priced, GameStop lists the Prestige at $149.99 and the Hardened at $79.99.
Activision has yet to announce exactly what the cooperative maps will be, but Best Buy has listed them as four maps Zombie maps. Which would make sense, as Treyarch developed World at War, which introduced the Zombie mode to Call of Duty.
You can check out the Prestige edition after the jump, along with that trailer mentioned earlier.
(Prestige & Hardened Edition Source: Kotaku)
(Zombie Source: Destructoid)
Continue reading Call of Duty: Black Ops Prestige and Hardened Editions Has Stuff; Zombies Probably Returning
The title itself pretty much explains it.
USA today launched some impressions of Call of Duty: Black Ops. Through it, Treyarch confirmed that the game will include four player co-op. Players will also be able to try out a new weapon — the cross bow.
A single screen shot and piece of art was released as well today. Screen shot confirms snow.You can see more snow after the jump.
Continue reading Call of Duty: Black Ops Has Cross Bows, Four Player Co-op, and More Snow
Call of Duty is the Madden of First Person Shooters. Now that Modern Warfare 2 has had some lovely shelf time to itself, it is time to start looking forward to another title launching later this year.
According to PlayStation Official Magazine UK, they are going to have details on the next Call of Duty. If tradition carries on, Treyarch will be the developer of this next title.
The magazine hits store shelves May 17 – a little under a month before E3 starts.
Infinity Ward’s Jason West and Vince Zampella have been confirmed to no longer be at Infinity Ward. When asked about exactly why Activision would not comment.
This whole fiasco isn’t stopping Activision though as they detailed plans for the upcoming entries in the Call of Duty Franchise.
As with tradition, Treyarch, developers of Call of Duty: World at War, will be releasing their latest offering for Call of Duty franchise this Fall. In the mean time Infinity Ward will continue working on Modern Warfare 2 downloadable content.
For 2011 though, Activision announced that a new team called Sledgehammer Games will be making a new Call of Duty title with a bit of a twist. This new entry in the series will expand into the action-adventure genre.
Off the top of my head the only thing I can think of is Zelda… with guns. I hope that isn’t it, but really it could be anything at this point.
Do you want Call of Duty roaming around in other genres? Or do you think it should keep to the first person shooter genre?
Recent rumors suggest that Treyarch may be dropping World War 2 for their next installment of Call of Duty and moving onto Vietnam. A few rumored details have come out about the title.
The title is supposbly going to have a heavy focus on the story of the game showing the hardships of war on your squadron. Treyarch is supposedly taking inspiration fro the movies “Full Metal Jacket,””Platoon,” and “Apocalypse Now.”
If anything it is safe to assume that there will be a Call of Duty game at the end of this year.
L.A. times reported that a new development team has joined the Call of Duty development family. While many development teams have played a part in side releases in the Call of Duty franchise, LA times makes it sound like this will be another team to work on the main entries saying “Although Infinity Ward and Treyarch have produced sequels in alternating years since 2005, the publisher now has a third development studio working on future versions.”
This could be good or bad. If the same cycle continues it means Activision plans on flooding the market with Call of Duty. On the other hand they could still release them at the same rate and give each team 2-3 years to work on the next iteration of the series from their team.
L.A. times also noted another interesting tidbit saying ” One person close to the company said it also was considering adapting Call of Duty as a massively multi-player online world.” That definitely would be an interesting take on the franchise. I honestly have no idea how it would work though.