Zombies, one of the great things about all COD games developed by Treyarch, and Black Ops 2 is no exception! This time however, Zombies is going to be bigger than ever before.
It was confirmed in an interview here: Mark Lamia didn’t want to beat around the undead bush: “I’m not going to hide it from you – it’s a Treyarch game, we’re making Zombies. It’s a huge world, running inside the multiplayer mode. There are new game modes; it’s bigger and better.”
Running inside the multiplayer engine will mean the number of players and Zombies in any one game can be greatly increased, allowing for some epic zombie battles.
The official picture below reminds us of the “Call of the Dead” mission from a previous Black Ops map pack. Call of the Dead was great because it created a story and a whole atmosphere in a single zombie level rather than you just standing around shooting folk.
Speculation has been running around that Black Ops 2 Zombies will feature a full on campaign mode, similar to the single player experience but cooperative and against Zombies! Woop!
Zombies first appeared in Treyarch’s original big hit Call of Duty: World at War. Although there was only one map to play (“Nacht der Untoten”) it was still brilliant and fan reception to it was fantastic, everyone was comparing scores to how many waves they could survive and the tactics they used. Treyarch picked up on the great reception to the new mode and released three extra maps for it throughout the World at War DLC season (Verruckt, Shi No Numa and Der Riese).
In the first Black Ops, the zombies game mode was expanded even further, lots of new maps and lots of new features. As soon as you finished the campaign you get thrown into a Zombie game solo! The success of the Zombie game mode is really told though by how many extra maps were released throughout the Black Ops DLC season when 8, yes thats right 8 extra Zombie maps were added to the game! (Granted 4 of them were direct pulls from World at War) it still made for fantastic gaming and we cannot wait to see how they are going to expand Zombies even further in Black Ops 2.
From an interview with Lamia over at the Official PlayStation Magazine he also revealed the following about Zombies in Black Ops 2.
“Our zombies fans want more zombies,” he revealed somewhat unsurprisingly. Hang on though, he’s going somewhere with this. “They literally want more zombies and they want more ways to play” (see). That means Black Ops 2 will be expanding on what the previous games have done before with the undead.
“They want bigger maps” says Lamia. “They want even more interesting things to do inside these levels. So we are crafting new worlds, creating new game modes and bigger worlds.” Much of what this new zombies will bring is partly due to an undead tech upgrade. “We’ve actually put [zombies] inside of our multiplayer engine and it’s capable of doing twice as many zombies, twice as many co-op players.”
“There are actually new modes,” says Lamia. “There’s classic mode that you guys are used to but there are going to be new modes. [Twice as many co-op players] introduces some interesting new gameplay modes. Perhaps you can think of some team game modes where there might be fun to be had?”