Black Ops is all about “new experiences”, says Treyarch

Wednesday, 2nd June 2010 19:53 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Treyarch head Mark Lamia has said that Call of Duty: Black Ops didn’t “draw anything from” Modern Warfare 2, mainly due to the developmental time frames, and because the studio didn’t want to.

Speaking with CVG, Lamia said that development on Black Ops started a year before MW2 was released and the games are “two totally different developments, two totally different creatives”, and that the game is all about new experiences.

“We started Black Ops a year before Modern Warfare 2 came out, so we didn’t ask ourselves that question because they were making their game and we make our game,” he said. “We’re two totally different developments, two totally different creatives.

“What we did think was we’re going to make a Call of Duty game and people expect another great experience. We obviously had a lot of confidence that Infinity Ward would make a great game but that game hadn’t come out yet so we couldn’t draw anything from it and weren’t going to.

“It was all about what we wanted to create and what that was is something new and fresh – give players some variety, give people a reason to come back to Call of Duty and get some new experiences.”

Lamia also confirmed recently that the studio is now 100 percent Call of Duty.

You can get more on Black Ops through an interview we had with Mark Lamia in LA, as well as impressions and a nice bit of screens from the game, which we’ve posted here.



  1. ybfelix

    Well I’m sure BFBC2 development started much earlier than MW2 came out, and was released just months after the latter, yet its campaign still managed to have quite some blatant reference/digs at MW2.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. chronoss2

    Always the same things they say before the game comes.. and the worst is that people believe it everytime. For me it will be Killzone 3

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Boris Fett

    About as “new” an experience as one can get from a basically identi-kit game running on the same engine, reiterated for the dozenth time, anyway.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. OlderGamer



    #4 5 years ago
  5. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    They gotta be REAL carefull not to run this series into the ground…

    #5 5 years ago
  6. DeSpiritusBellum

    @3 You’d have to be more than a little retarded to buy a Call of Duty game if you wanted a “new experience”.

    What you see is what you get, and apparently that works quite well.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. adam13

    “If it isn’t broke don’t fix it”. MW/COD/WTFE love it or hate it is here to stay and id rather play it then any other half assed mp game. sure its agrevating at times but nine out of ten times it’s not game but the kid layin in a corner with a heartbeat. Anyways until they revive the original gears multiplayer I guess its cod!

    #7 5 years ago

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