Since Call of Duty: Black Ops II was officially unveiled in May, Treyarch has fed fan curiosity with details and insight about the next title in the franchise. The latest news to surface comes from a behind-the-scenes video which includes quotes from composer Trent Reznor and writer David S. Goyer.
When you're making a game like 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 2,' you try to pull together the greatest talents you can in the world, Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia said in the video's introduction.
Expanding on Lamia's sentiment, game director Dave Anthony said working with renowned screenwriters has truly benefited the Black Ops 2 storyline.
Having the opportunity to work with a Hollywood writer who's worked on movies like 'The Dark Knight,' created the most compelling villains in cinema history, to me that's amazing, Anthony said.
Like The Dark Knight Rises, Black Ops 2 was approached as a big-event movie, Goyer says, and as a first person shooter the game needs to be sophisticated, funny and challenging.
In the case of 'Black Ops,' I would argue that the story is better than most movies that are being made, he said.
But the plot isn't the only area where Treyarch has enlisted major names in the entertainment industry. The soundtrack is being composed by Academy Award-winning Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor. For Anthony, this level of talent for the Black Ops 2 music was a dream come true.
I'm watching the Oscars last year, and I see Trent Reznor win an Academy Award [for 'The Social Network'], he said in the footage. A year later, I see him walking around Treyarch. And I think to myself, 'Am I dreaming? Trent Reznor is creating the score for our video game.'
For Reznor, composing the score for a video game is another entertainment medium he can add to his diverse repertoire.
I look at video games as a true art form, Reznor said in the video. The chance to be involved in something like this is exciting to me. I feel it's every bit as viable as film work or music or anything else.
From the footage being shown and the commentary from those working on the game, it seems Treyarch seeks to take Black Ops 2 to an entirely new level of realistic and engaging gameplay. Bolstering the cinematic and musical aspects of the 2010 game's sequel will give players an entirely new and fresh experience. The behind-the-scenes look at Black Ops 2 is just further evidence of the bridge between film and the gaming industry, illustrating how video games are staking a presence as art forms.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be released on Nov. 9 for the holiday season. Check out the clip below to see the full video for yourself.