Black Ops 2 first info: multiple stories, sandbox elements and 2025 future setting
Call Of Duty Black Ops 2 is here and it’s a huge shake up for the series with the first info revealing a player created narrative, sandbox elements and a gadget-filled 2025 future setting.
Check out our Black Ops 2 info hub for all the news, trailer and screens but if you’ve only got 30 seconds before your boss next peers over your shoulder, digest these three crucial nuggets first:
It’s a player created story
Yep, for the first time in Call Of Duty history the course of the narrative will be in your hands. Both through deliberate choice, and tests of skill, you’ll decide the outcome of missions (some of which can be failed completely) and the fate of key cast members. The game also features multiple endings, so my playthrough will likely be different from yours. (Mine’s definitely going to be better.)
It’s gone sandbox
Not completely, but an all-new mission type within the single-player campaign is introducing sandbox gameplay to the series. Known as Strike Force, these missions give you a squad of soldiers and a selection of futuristic tech with which to complete an objective, and they take place over multiplayer-style maps.
It’s got fancy future setting and gadgets
With the game mainly set in 2025 there’s a raft of new toys to play with. Armed quadrotors can be called in with a touch of a wrist-mounted display, assault sentry drones will wheel up and down like R2-D2 with a bloodlust, and then there’s the CLAW. Which stands for Cognitive Land Assault Weapon, but which really means ‘four-legged tank the size of a Volkswagen Polo with a ruddy great cannon on top.’
Although there will be missions that flash back to the Cold War 1980s, the majority of levels will take place 13 years from now. China and the USA are embroiled in an all-new chilly conflict, and this one is all about REM. Not in the sense that What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? is going to be blaring out as you mow down hostiles (sadly), rather the new global conflict concerna rare earth minerals.
REM are a real-life resource, supplies of which lay 95% in China. They’re used in the creation of all kinds of technology from phone batteries to guided missiles. Political tensions regarding these are currently growing, so Treayrch is just adding virtual fuel to the fire.
In future sections you’ll be playing as David Mason, son of Black Ops’ protagonist Alex. You’ll be pleased to know he’s every bit as gruff and shouty as pops, and every bit as handy when it comes to capping freedom-hating evil people. Which is just as well, judging as how explosive and deadly 2025 looks, with unmanned drones smashing into Los Angeles skyscrapers and US army droids turning against their creators.
There’s also going to be other BLOPS characters making their return, with Jason Hudson and Frank Woods also confirmed – flashback sections take place in Woods’ memory and are narrated by the angry man himself.
These flashbacks are included specifically to flesh out an all-new villain, Raul Menendez. His origins and motives will be born in the past so the past missions are there to help you better understand how and why he’s making everything go boom – Treyarch is aiming to make him a more rounded character than the classic ‘diabolical man with shady foreign accent’.
Naturally there’s Black Ops 2 multiplayer as well, and also confirmed up front is the return of Black Ops 2 Zombie Mode. To avoid all the idle speculation of last time this is being announced up front, with the tease that the engine can handle twice as many zombies and twice as many co-op players.
So there you have it: Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 in all it’s shiny new glory. We’ve actually been to see it with out own eyes and spoken to the dev team. Stay tuned for more info in the coming weeks and exclusive details in Official PlayStation Magazine UK issue 71, on sale.