Call of Duty: Black Ops - details overload

We told you yesterday that a big Call of Duty: Black Ops reveal was due later this month, via our UK sister magazines Official PlayStation and Official Xbox. Well details have come through a bit sooner than that, through a series of reports by USA today.

Visiting CoD studio Treyarch, USA Today has been demoed certain parts of Cold War-set game, and revealed some pretty exciting factoids. We've collated all the most exciting and important ones for you, and created a great big list of Everything You Need To Know.

  • Four-player co-op is confirmed.
  • You'll play at least two characters in multiple international conflicts.
  • American and Russian black operatives have been consulted. Given the above points, we reckon that means you might play on both sides of the conflict
  • Exact setting  dates haven't been revealed, but the game will play out over a long period of history.
  • As black ops teams were privy to superior intelligence and had free access to any equipmenent they wanted, weapons and ammo will be more varied this time around. A military crossbow has been confirmed so far, but it's not just for sniping. CoD:BO (unfortunately aromatic acronym) allows on-the-fly ammo changes for some of its weapons, so the bow can also be fitted out with exploding arrows.
  • There's also an AUG  assault rifle that will take multiple attachments.

  • The SR-71 Blackbird is the new AC-130. During one level, the recon plane is used to observe terrain from above, with the player directing the squad below with a pointer in order to help them avoid enemy Russian convoys. Immediately after this, you'll take control of the squad on the ground.
  • Treyarch head Mark Lamia has said that the game is 'epic in scope', being focused around a story that 'has meaning and character and will be multi-threaded'. Perhaps more of an indication that Treyarch will be giving the Cold War an ambiguous, mutli-sided treatment?
  • CoD: BO is using the same full-actor motion-capture technology as Avatar. That means that not just gestures, but whole performances are captured, right down to facial expressions and line delivery. Expect some serious emoting this time around.
  • It looks like Treyarch is following Modern Warfare's lead in terms of big action movie set-pieces. Cliff-diving and rappelling through windows are already in.

May 11, 2010


  • celticsfan645 - August 20, 2010 10:13 p.m.

    its not a bow and arrow its a crossbow. A huge difference. a crossbow is good for accurate fire that also needs to be stealthy and the penetration of a sniper bullet wouldnt be ideal
  • soren7550 - May 15, 2010 12:29 a.m.

    Bows & arrows? Really? When in the hell after 1900 did *anyone* use a bow & arrow in a war?
  • ingsoc - May 14, 2010 11:35 p.m.

    Now that I finally found a copy of MW2 for the PC for a decent price ($24.99 on an end of the isle bargain rack at Target, nothing gets me more than paying full price, or in this case, $10 more than full price for an expansion pack) I will be ready to go. Of course, after being burned by the most recent installments of CoD, I will probably wait a bit rather than pay full price for half a game.
  • Blackuz - May 14, 2010 9:12 p.m.

    Call of Duty: Black Ops new cover and video portuguese mag with details and cover about the game
  • daemonwulfe - May 14, 2010 1:26 a.m.

    I heard dedicated servers are coming back on the scene. I also read something about a couple of dudes getting fired for some oversights made on MW2. Treyarch has always been hit or miss though. Hopefully, they'll learn from previous mistakes made by both developers and make something that will make MW and MW2 a distant memory.
  • InSyde - May 14, 2010 12:22 a.m.

    Ima be Legolas-ing on some Russians with the crossbow, that's gonna be a cool bonus. And better weapons??? sounds beast. Cannot wait for this...
  • spikeambrose - May 13, 2010 11:51 p.m.

    CoD: Black Ops. For gods sake, why arent they making another Modern Warfare? And yes, CoD: BO is a funny acronym
  • mcoll_17 - May 12, 2010 11:14 p.m.

    @db1331 It's been rummored to come back with Dedicated Servers and with Zombies returning. Wonder if the zombies will be set in Vietnam?
  • awil117 - May 12, 2010 10:35 p.m.

    Wow. The SR-71? That's awesome. My mother worked on that plane for 18 years, now we get to see what it created in a game! Awesome. :D
  • Cwf2008 - May 12, 2010 2:20 a.m.

    Wait what? The SR-71 is the new AC-130? Are you sure you guys know the difference...ones a STEALTH plane that is completely unarmed and that can travel at over Mach 3, while the AC-130 is a heavily armed plane. HUGE DIFFERENCE
  • BlAcKoPs - May 12, 2010 12:13 a.m.

    Zombies r good but idc if thr not in this.Oh and l4d is WAYYYY diff sklorbit
  • BlAcKoPs - May 12, 2010 12:11 a.m.

    omfg activision is involved in all mw2 and waw!hah.Woww, ther all good games yeah tey run off of hype but there goods.
  • soccerclownking - May 11, 2010 11:40 p.m.

    This is awesome, I love you guys! No homo.
  • sklorbit - May 11, 2010 11:29 p.m.

    its funny to me how big of a deal the zombie mode has become. it was never anything to special to me, some people are OBSESSED with it aparently. if you want to kill zombies so bad play left 4 dead
  • D0CCON - May 11, 2010 11:21 p.m.

    It sounds pretty good. I'm not as excited for it as I was at this point for MW2 (I was already really, really excited February of last year for that one), but it's defaintly worth checking out, even if the ultimate evil of the gaming industry (Activision) is involved.
  • Cyberninja - May 11, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    i hope it doesnt stink so we really dont have to call it cod bo
  • TheSuburbiaRuins - May 11, 2010 10 p.m.

    No matter how hard I try, I can't get excited for this game, because it will just be ANOTHER Call Of Duty. Medal Of Honor, hurry and get here.
  • Abe504 - May 11, 2010 10 p.m.

    as long as they have no commando, marathon, lightweight, one man army, scavanger im down for the multiplayer
  • R-Ape - May 11, 2010 9:45 p.m.

    I think Treyarch has learned from their mistakes. I am 100% sure that this game will be better than MW2. well on the single player side. While I am happy with the 4 player Co-Op, I am waiting for what they will be doing with the Multiplayer.
  • TyeTheCzar - May 11, 2010 6:02 p.m.

    Even if it turns out to be miles better than Modern Warfare 1 and 2 combined, there's no way I'm buying it(new, at least). I stopped liking Activision after what Bobby Kotick said in 2008.

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