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Rumour – Call of Duty 7 called Black Ops, gets zombie mode and dedicated servers, more

Sunday, 28 March 2010 18:41 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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According to a report from Tek9 (via MapModNews), an Activision insider has reportedly said that the next Call of Duty title will be called “Call of Duty: Black Ops”.

The report states the game, being developed by Treyarch, will take place in various times in history during the Cold War, from World War II to up to present day, with missions in Vietnam, Cuba, South America and even the infamous SAS mission during the Iranian embassy siege in London in April 1980.

It was previously suggested the game would only take place during the Vietnam War, with a release in November, which the report also says. It clashes with a date on an internal release list from retailer GAME, saying it’ll be out in October

The report also claims the zombie mode from World at War will be included, as well as dedicated servers for its online on PC. Previous CoD title Modern Warfare 2 didn’t include the feature.

Take with the biggest pinch of salt you can find, while we email Activision on this. Don’t go expecting much, mind.

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25 Comments

  1. subversus

    WAW was better than MW2.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. daytripper

    call of duty = biggest rip off this generation

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Hunam

    WAW was aces and I like the idea that the game explores black ops throughout the history of war, or at least modernish war. It’s be interesting to see how weapons and tactics for spec op missions changed through out the course of history. Hopefully it’ll be less of a mash of different levels slung together in different timeframes and more intricate, maybe less about endless hordes of baddies and more about precise military action.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Gekidami

    Wonder if John Mcaleese will be in the game.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Moonwalker1982

    Zombie mode for the win! Love it!

    #5 5 years ago
  6. DeSpiritusBellum

    Doesn’t sound like the most inspired concept, but then neither was World at War.

    I don’t see what kind of gameplay you’d get out of a level based on Operation Nimrod. Once they were in they basically went room to room killing anyone identified as the hostagetakers, and not all of those guys were armed. That’s the nature of the craft, but I don’t see why you’d want to play through it yourself.

    The awesome thing would be to make a level based on 1980′s Afghanistan. That’s about the most overlooked war ever, with plenty of evil ruskies. And Rambo.

    Or Entebbe. Fuck, Entebbe would rule.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Hunam

    I think it could be a decent level if they approach it in more of a Rainbow Six kind of way.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Erthazus

    I bought Modern Warfare 2 and after that i think that i’am a complete idiot.

    I will never, ever, ever buy Call of Duty game again until i will see a progress.
    They are milking the same old shitty quake 3 arena engine for YEARS. I’m tired of it.
    I’m tired of Call Of Duty and i’m tired of Activision.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. S0meRand0mN00b

    call of duty fucking 7. 7!!!!!!! wtf now imagine Half-Life 7 Episode 9! huh

    #9 5 years ago
  10. AHA-Lambda

    I have to admit at least it sounds more interesting than just plain ol’ vietnam. But then again…treyarch >_>

    #10 5 years ago
  11. DeSpiritusBellum

    Really though, the Entebbe raid (Op. Thunderbolt) is the most studied, most admired and most iconic special forces operation ever undertaken.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1ct-meb6U0

    Flying approximately 100 operators into a hostile country undetected, with one half taking over the airport and the other half duping the guards into thinking they’re Idi Amins motorcade, right up until they jump out and start assaulting the terminal building to free the hostages.

    4 dead hostages (out of 105) and 1 dead operator. Amazing.

    Now imagine that as a Modern Warfare style level. Why that hasn’t been done yet, I really don’t know.

    @7 Maybe. I guess they wouldn’t exactly go for realism, and the breaching part on the oil platform in MW2 was pretty damn sweet.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    @9 Soon, Call Of duty will be bigger then Final Fantasy numbers :D

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Phoenixblight

    ANd whats sad about that its been 20+ years for them to get to XIII. They are already at 7 in half of a decade.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. blackdreamhunk

    I would buy Treyarch cod7 it will be must likely to be better than “cough” “cough” infinity ward cod games lol

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Erthazus

    http://www.gametrailers.com/episode/bonusround/403?ch=4&sd=1_hd

    VG247 ATTENTION! David Jaffe hinted that his new game will have DLC for 100% and he is happy about it :D

    #15 5 years ago
  16. abbe

    “…as well as dedicated servers for its online on PC”
    I lol’d.
    I tried the MP over at a friend aaaaand… we spent 4 minutes in a game lobby while people joined and disconnected like mad all the time. When we FINALLY got in the game, it lagged horribly and everyone left.
    Yeah… Dedicated servers is a good idea.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. DeSpiritusBellum

    @16 Yeah, it definitely fucks up more than usual when you try to join as a group, but have you tried similar games?

    I can feel myself growing older trying to login to games like Bad Company 2 (although that’s hardly the only one) and then having to scour the entire internet, looking through servers that often do nothing to define themselves, and which more often than not have lag issues – even in the lower brackets – since people just drop in whether they have a 10mbit connection or a 56k.

    If you’re playing as a group there’s also no guarantee that you’ll end up on the same team, and you’ll often have to wait for the spots to open. The MW2 matchmaker will reserve you those spots from the word go.

    Comparing those two experiences, I think the MW2 matchmaker is a real breakthrough. There’s no lag, it’s functional (if flawed) and even if it fails three times in a row, it still won’t cost you as much grief as logging in to a similar game. I wish other developers would wise up and standardize that level of service, instead of pandering to caveman gamers who won’t even consider anything new.

    Unless you’re in a serious clan and you want to run your own little corner, I really don’t see what you have to gain from a serverjungle.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Freek

    How can you have a coherent storyline if you jump time periodes so drasticly?
    And if they decide to drop the storyline, how would you prevent the game from feeling like a level pack add on for MW2?

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Hunam

    MW2 didn’t have a coherent storyline and that was based over 5 or so days.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Bones

    Wait this actually sounds awesome.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. The Juice707

    That name is racist.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. abbe

    DeSpiritusBellum:
    I play BFBC2 quite a lot and I find it extremely good, out of the 100 games I’ve played I think ive gotten on the wrong team two times, sure I dont play with more than one-three buddies but usually we end up on the same team.

    As for the sorting and serverlist, the only option I lack is the option to remove Hardcore servers, other than that you can sort with ping, map or gamemode. I would like to specify a search term for “at least x amount of spots open”, but no game that doesn’t have a lobby system doesn’t have that, not that I’ve seen.

    I don’t think a lobby system is the fault here, its the lack of dedicated servers, I would LOVE to have a lobby system for those odd-times you try to find a server for x amount of people, but I do not want to sacrifice the dedicated servers for some automatic system that doesn’t follow the same ping-requirements that I have.

    Personally, I just want to get into a game, if its the beginning or the end I don’t care, I just want to play when I press the join server button. MW2 didn’t offer me that alternative and the 20 or so minutes I tried it, I switched servers 3 times, changed host two times, became host once, which ended in everyone leaving because my friends connection is crap and I sat in the lobby for one game 4 minutes while the system (or players) felt like kicking everyone or joined and left.
    That is as much service as its a dis-service. I had a bad experience, but one that is extremely rare to happen with dedicated servers.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. NGCes26294BIV

    Was actually looking forward to a decent Vietnam-based game.

    This sounds like a very risky idea. I’m not convinced I’ll care about the story at all if it jumps as much time as this suggests.

    Quite like the idea of different types of missions throughout different ages though – might help keep things fresh.

    Having said that, Treyarch are developing, which means it’ll be average whatever they do with it. Shame.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. DeSpiritusBellum

    @19 Heh, so true. I wonder how many times we’ll be killed in the first person perspective this time.

    @22 It sounds like we have pretty different experiences of the game. It seems on every other server I get into in BC2, clans of four or more are having problems joining up. And even though I pick the servers with the lowest lag showing, there’s always some semblance of choppiness there. Which is extremely annoying to me, because I’d like any competitive multiplayer game to rely on skill, not technical glitches.

    The genius of the matchmaker is that it essentially localizes all your games, so you always have people in your region playing with you, which drastically minimizes the lag. In BC2 the servers seem to mostly be rented out of the UK or Holland, which isn’t nearly as effecient.

    There’s no doubt that if your connection sucks, then you have a serious problem with MW2, and a lot of other online games. If you want to play online for any ammount of time, you should at least have your connection reflect that. A low bandwidth/high bandwidth group would certainly screw up the matchmaker more than anything. I’d reckon that if you can afford a game like MW2 or BC2, you can afford a decent connection.

    I am just a puzzled as to why MW2 doesn’t offer you the choice though. There’s no reason why you wouldn’t cater to both groups, although I do think dedicated servers will be a thing of the past, sooner rather than later. Our connections have made them all but obsolete, and you’ll see a lot of future games reflecting that.

    Personally I don’t recognize the problems you mention to any degree near what you describe, although the matchmaker is definitely still a work in progress.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. theevilaires

    “The report states the game, being developed by Treyarch”

    Will be shit….enough said, go back to making spider-man games Treyarch.

    #25 5 years ago

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    Minecraft developer Mojang was sold because founder Markus “Notch” Persson made a joke on Twitter. Ever wondered how Minecraft came to be a Microsoft property? It’s actually a pretty great story. Remember when Notch tweeted this? Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been updated to help fix its tragic matchmaking. Again. Now almost four months old, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was still pretty broken as of this morning, with rubbish matchmaking and plenty of other issues to go around. 343 Industries is still trying to fix it, and has today […]

  • Nvidia unveils Shield, an Android 4K Smart TV set top box

    Nvidia has named yet another product “Shield” in an attempt to render us all hopelessly confused. The heart of Nvidia’s GDC 2015 press conference was the Shield, a $200 Android set top box launching in May. Apparently the “world’s first 4K Android TV”, the Shield supports 4K content encoded with h.265. The box runs on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront footage shown behind closed doors

    Star Wars Battlefront is being shown to retailers. Now we want EA to show it to us. Star Wars Battlefront is expected sometime this year, so it’s about time EA gave us a look at DICE’s latest. It turns out that while press and gamers have had to twiddle their thumbs, EA is showing it […]

  • Dragon Age lead creative moves onto mysterious new BioWare project

    Dragon Age creator David Gaider is leaving his baby behind. Dragon Age is a team effort, but Gaider was one of the key creatives behind the franchise, creating the setting of Thedas (which, I was recently amused to learn, is an acronym: “THE Dragon Age Setting”). He was lead writer on all three games and […]

  • Unity 5 available for free with “no fucking around”

    Unity 5 looks amazing, and you can download and faff about with it for free right now. “We’re not nickel-and-diming people. When we say it’s free, it’s free. We’re not charging a royalty, which I think is akin to looking for whales.” Unity Technologies announced the release of the fifth version of its popular, simple, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 may be the end of the series

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 released yesterday, and many fans theorise that it marks the end of the series. Five Nights at Freddy’s developer Scott Cawthon has released a new teaser image on his website, but rather than pointing to a new game, many fans believe the teaser signals the end of the series. The […]

  • Source 2 announced, will also be free

    Valve has formally unveiled Source Engine 2, the third major engine to go free to developers at GDC 2015. Source 2 is the successor to the engine Valve has been using since Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2. Valve didn’t have much to say about the technicalities of this long-awaited release. It is apparently focused on […]

  • SteamVR: Valve’s Lighthouse tech allows you to walk around while playing

    SteamVR’s key differentiator is a piece of tech allowing headsets to connect with other devices for extra accurate, room-scale tracking. Valve has announced a new bit of technology called Lighthouse, which it is making freely available to any hardware manufacturer. Like the extra tracking LEDs on Sony’s updated Project Morpheus, Lighthouse improves the headset’s accuracy, […]

  • Steam Machines, Controller, streaming box to launch in November

    Steam Machines will finally become a reality before the end of the year. Valve’s living room PC systems will release in November, the company announced today. Well, I say Valve’s – the idea behind Steam Machines is that a number of manufacturers will offer variously priced systems. Alienware and Falcon Northwest are among the dozen […]

  • Telltale veterans form new team, announce teen thriller Oxenfree

    Oxenfree is a supernatural teen thriller from some of the team behind Telltale Games’ award-winning adventures. New indie Night School Studios unveiled Oxenfree at GDC 2015. It tells the story of a group of friends who accidentally open a “ghostly rift” at an overnight party on the coast. Night School, which is made up of […]

  • PS4 global sales now stand at over 20.2 million

    The PS4 has sold 20.2 million units worldwide. Sony announced the new PS4 sales milestone at GDC 2015 today. It’s a hell of an achievement and salt in the wounds for Microsoft, which hasn’t updated us on Xbox One sales since it shipped “almost” 10 million back in November last year, and has fallen back […]

  • PS4 VR headset Morpheus out in 2016, capable of 120 FPS – video

    Sony’s VR headset Project Morpheus has some impressive grunt. Virtual reality and Morpheus were the heart of Sony’s GDC 2015 presentation today, ahead of its newly announced first-half 2016 comemrcial launch. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida detailed the headset’s impressive capabilities, notably the fact that it can handle 120 FPS VR games. The PS4 […]

  • Papo & Yo developer making a VR game about dinosaurs

    Some days you write a headline and it makes you so happy that that you have to do a little chair dance, you know what I mean? Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, whom I would personally go to the wall for after they cut out my heart and stomped on it via the medium […]

  • Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight and more in big ole bunch of indies coming to Xbox One

    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

    GDC 2015 is blowing up with indie games, VR and Unreal Engine 4, so here’s a video combining all three. Loading Human is a virtual reality adventure from indie developer Untold Games. It’s in the works for Mac and PC, and Sony has given an early green light for Project Morpheus, too, so expect it […]

  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

    Amazon is hosting a Rockstar Games and 2K Games sale with discounts Max Payne titles, Bully and more. Here’s just some of the offerings listed: Manhunt 2 PC Download $3.00 Max Payne 3 PC Download $4.00 Bully: Scholarship Edition PC Download $3.00 LA Noire Xbox 360 $2.95 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC Download $6.00 […]

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]

  • Sci-fi horror game Caffeine will release on Xbox One, PS4 alongside PC – new trailer

    Caffeine creator Dylan Browne has announced the Unreal Engine 4 game will be released on Xbox One. The game will be published through Microsoft’s Indie Program. As previously announced, it is also coming to PC and and now PlayStation 4. Caffeine is a sci-fi horror game which stars a young boy who has been abandoned […]

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]