Black Ops Is Like "Three Games Being Developed At Once"
When it comes to the most popular video game franchise around, and there are multiple developers involved, it can often be a case of one-upmanship.
So despite the immense critical and financial success of the Modern Warfare series by Infinity Ward, Treyarch says they're primed to deliver the single best Call of Duty ever in Black Ops. Speaking to Eurogamer, Treyarch community manager Josh Olin mentioned that the developers had separate teams dedicated to "the core pillars, multiplayer, co-op and single-player." So in that way, he said it's basically like "three games being developed at once." This is becoming a common trend these days, especially amongst games that require a robust multiplayer mode; single-player fans have complained in the past that one-player campaigns have taken a substantial hit in compensation. To counter this, developers like EA have taken the separate-team approach with Medal of Honor; EALA is handling the single-player while DICE is responsible for the multiplayer. It's good to hear a similar structure is in place for Black Ops, and let's not forget that Treyarch's last CoD, World at War, featured a satisfying one-player campaign.
As for that whole Activision/Infinity Ward snafu, Treyarch admits the "situation is unfortunate," but they're not letting it be a distraction. Yeah, just focus on the job at hand.
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Black Ops
6/28/2010 12:22:27 PM Ben Dutka