Black Ops 2 – Zombies mode revealed after much teasing

Wednesday, 26th September 2012 17:57 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Black Ops 2 will contain zombies, and today, Treyarch and Activision finally ceased with the teasing to show how the undead will be incorporated into the shooter.

Those who pre-order the Black Ops 2 Hardened Edition or Care Package now receive the exclusive Nuketown Zombies map.

Three zombie modes will be included, per Joystiq:

  • Tranzit which will include a “big, giant, expansive world, significantly bigger than anything [Treyarch has] ever created,” for solo up to four-players in co-op.
  • Survival which sees players being attacked in a single area in the Tranzit world. Players will hold off zombies in a safe area and go out into the throng to nab bonuses scattered throughout the environment. Survival areas will be similar to dedicated maps with access to multiple areas designed to play as a standalone section in solo or as a four-player co-op session.
  • Grief is a new mode for up to eight players which combines Survival with competitive elements. Two teams of four players are tossed into the world of Tranzit and will have to outlive the other team. Players cannot kill each other but they can put the other team in unfavorable situations. Think of it as Humans vs. Humans vs. Zombies.

“Because it’s open and because there are multiple locations in this world where you can play and where the infestation is, there’s different strategies about how you can approach it,” Treyarch’s Mark Lamia told Joystiq. “It’s a much bigger world with much more going on.”

Zombies mode will also contain:

  • Stat tracking – Ahows you how many undead kills you have made.
  • Leaderboards – These will be available for each zombie mode and some rankings will be based on maps.
  • Improved Matchmaking – Will match players faster than in the past and Treyarch said the system will match players with similar skills in the zombies mode.
  • Custom Games – It will allow you to create custom games of the modes and allow for setting a starting round with players given points at the start which coincide with the round choice. Players can purchase weapons, set challenges such as Headshots Only, turn magic items off or allow for no use of Pack-a-Punch.

Zombie mode features four new playable characters, one a female, and no narrative because the narrative is being created by “fans for the mode.”

More zombie types are in this time, including “normal zombies” and “special zombies.”

Watch the video below.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is out November 13 on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.



  1. ps3fanboy

    hell yeah… this should satisfy every 10 year old out there….

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Stephany Nunneley

    There is a lot of information on this – I am adding it in now, so give me a few minutes.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    OMG amazing. Can’t wait!

    #3 2 years ago


    #4 2 years ago
  5. Stephany Nunneley

    Okay it’s all in there now.

    #5 2 years ago

    Open world CoD eh? Who’d a thunk it…?

    I wonder how EA will manage to rip this idea off…

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Ireland Michael

    It’s not open world.

    #7 2 years ago

    ^ “It’s not open world.”

    In before stealth edit!

    Boy O’Connor, you really should learn to read the article before commenting…

    #8 2 years ago
  9. TheOutcastWolf

    I was losing interest in this game… I will borrow my friend’s once he get it just for this mode…

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Ireland Michael

    @8 I did. They’re big, expansive levels, but so are Left 4 Dead’s. That doesn’t make it open world.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. TD_Monstrous69

    For the first time maybe ever, I’m genuinely excited about a Call of Duty game, and Black Ops 2 is that game. To me, seeing this is just icing on the cake. Can’t fucking wait till November 13th (well, I kinda can, only because I have to survive night school between now and then).

    #11 2 years ago

    You clearly didn’t read it well enough, O’Connor…

    Not only does Lamia blatantly say its open world, but the original story on Joystiq makes it even more explicit:

    This is CoD with an open world game mode, plain and clear.

    ‘Tranzit’ adds scale to the original gametype, and acts as the primary mode for zombie players. Rather than be stuck in one location, players are free to explore a “big, giant, expansive world.” Calling it “significantly bigger than anything [Treyarch has] ever created,” Lamia promises players (playing solo or up to four-players co-op) can traverse on foot or via the bus featured in the zombies world premiere trailer above.

    “Because it’s open and because there are multiple locations in this world where you can play and where the infestation is, there’s different strategies about how you can approach it,” he adds. “It’s a much bigger world with much more going on.” Moving through the world in the bus has tactical advantages, such as speed; however, it isolates players and can become very difficult to escape from. Going it on foot “into the fog” – which players can do by themselves or as part of the group – also has its perks, but puts players in the middle of danger.
    To aid in their survival, players can collection pieces of items from throughout the world, putting them together to create “buildables”; including weapons, tools and things to help open new areas of the world.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Ireland Michael

    Nope, you’re just reading into shit too much.

    Edit: I wouldn’t be surprised if this ends up essentially being what the Activision Walking Dead game will be, engine and all.

    #13 2 years ago

    Blah, blah, blah… Stop trying to slither your way out of this, you big fat belly crawler.

    The Joystiq story says it’s open world in black and white.

    You’re wrong, like so many, many, many times before…

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Maximum Payne

    But is it player driving the bus ? That would be really cool.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Unknown_Gamer


    Campaign + Multiple stages and milestones seem to be a semi-open + Main Characters !!?

    Its official = Left 4 Dead clone .. Duh !

    #16 2 years ago

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