With the success of the Call of Duty franchise of the past four or five years, it is a certainty that they will continue to release annually. Each game in the series has sold boat loads of copies an the next one will be no different, you can count on that, but Modern Warfare 3 seems to have fallen off a bit when it comes to critical acclaim. The game received negative feedback from the community for its lack of innovation and seemingly repetitive gameplay. You can be sure that Activision and Treyarch have taken notice to this negativity an are expecting to announce this years installment as soon as next week. The general consensus is that we can expect Black Ops 2 due to its overwhelming sales and it’s continued support and success. So what can we expect from Activision’s upcoming first person shooter?
We may not like it, but Call of Duty’s gameplay isn’t broken, so they are definitely not going I attempt to change it. You can expect the same general gameplay elements that have been present in previous Call of Duty games, with the exception of a few tweaks here and there. What gives the Treyarch developed games a longer lasting playability is the insanely popular Zombie mode. The mode will more than likely remain on any Treyarch made Call of Duty titles, as they have already been present on their last two games. The mode offers cooperative play with a nice twist and is a welcoming addition to a series that can feel repetitive. Considering how Activision handled the last Black Ops DLC pack, a pack containing all Zombie mode maps, it can be determined that the Zombie mode will begin taking more of a role from a production and sales standpoint.
The story for the single player campaign has always been entertaining and with criticism over Battlefield 3′s lackluster story, there is no real completion from first person military shooters. The story will continue to remain intriguing, short and entertaining, just as it has the past few years. The point is, as long as Call of Duty titles are selling like hot cakes, Activision will not do too much to jeopardize its sales. This is both good and bad as it hinders innovation and creativity, but stand steadfast in producing new content that does not lower expectations. The games are all very similar, with the exclusion of a few bells and whistles, and that is something you can expect from Black Ops 2. But with each title, a fresh coat of paint has been applied in order to keep the games fresh and appealing. For Black Ops 2 that could mean a larger focus on the Zombie mode, more hidden Easter eggs such as Dead Ops Arcade, a exciting single player campaign and a complete overhaul of the upgrade system. We will know more about this later this week as Activison is set to announce the next Call of Duty game May 1st.