Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has now been officially announced. This will be the first game in the Call of Duty franchise to have a completely futuristic setting and will feature future technology relating to war. The title will also present branching storylines that will be driven by the player's choice for the first time.
While it is expected to be an exciting prospect for gamers all over the planet, some believe that the Call of Duty series is set to slowly wrap up within the next two years due to some of its many longtime developers' contracts nearing their end.
So why is the game expected to be such a massive upcoming project from the perspective of both developers and the gamers? Let's take a closer look.
Free World Gameplay: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will offer more freedom and playtime value than any other Call of Duty game ever before with its branching story and Strike Force missions. The multiplayer mode is expected to be more balanced and the story mode will ensure that the fans come back again and again to relive the game. The Strike Force missions' sandbox nature of gameplay and the player choices will come into play and decide how the story progresses. This will be the first time that a COD game will depend on player's choices. The developers wanted to break from the traditional ways and create something entirely different.
Zombies get Bigger and Badder: COD's zombie mode has come a long distance and has never failed to successfully catch our imaginations. The zombies back in World at War and Black Ops made a benchmark of what's to follow in the future, and now the zombies mode in Black Ops 2 is set to reach higher standards. The undead get bigger and badder this time around it's a boatload of fun as it could be certain that you won't survive the onslaught brought about by the zombie horde.
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Groundbreaking Setting: Remember Frank Woods from Black Ops? Well, he isn't dead like they showed in the previous game when he tackled Victor Kravchenko who was wearing a belt of live grenades, and both of them had apparently crashed out of the window. However, if the first game is completed and all the hidden intels are acquired, there is a hint of Woods being alive at a POW camp in Hanoi.
The game will combine a modern-day war torn Los Angeles combined with the 1985 storyline that is set for a large part in Central America. The late 1980s will be roughly a third of the game and will portray how Raul Menendez (a mysterious figure who is believed to be somehow tied to the Reagan-era conflict in Nicaragua) comes to power. Later in 2025, he will gain enough power to unsettle the world.
Remember that the war, this time, is not for oil, but for rare earth elements and it's a cold war scenario between the United States and China.
Strike Force: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is set to bring a new mode called Strike Force. Although it's actually a part of the single player campaign itself, it's nothing like the players have never seen in the series before. You will be opening up missions in the game, depending on how the story progresses. The best thing about it is that you can complete the missions in any order you want, and, at the same time, you will unlock different missions in each playthrough.
According to Activision, You're going to choose a mission and that's a branch for the story. Say there's three missions out there-you're not going to go back and play all of them; the story goes on. If you die on a strike force mission, you die in the story.
The Strike Force is more like RTS missions.
The Future: Set in 2025, the game will have two storylines- one set in 1985 near the end of the Cold War and the other in 2025, during the second Cold War between US and China. Although both the storylines sound interesting, yet it is still to be seen how Treyarch will handle a futuristic setting. Rest assured that there will be a host of futuristic gadgets, weapons and vehicles.