Activision employing 300 for Black Ops II

Latest Call of Duty title currently in development at Treyarch with 250 studio employees and 50 contractors and testers.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II is being built by 300 people, Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia told VentureBeat recently. Of the 300 working on the game, 250 are Treyarch employees, with the remainder contractors and test teams.

This...is...Treyaaaaaaaaaaarch!

Black Ops II was officially announced last night after months of speculation. It is due out on November 13 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC and is the follow-up to 2010's Call of Duty: Black Ops, which remains the best-selling Call of Duty game to date at more than 25 million units sold.

Black Ops II will feature a campaign split in two. One half of the adventure will pick up immediately following the events of the original Black Ops, with players following the journey of Frank Woods. The other half of the campaign begins in the year 2025, a time when advanced weapon technologies rule supreme.

For more on what's new in Black Ops II, check out GameSpot's just-published Five Biggest Surprises About Call of Duty: Black Ops II preview feature.

Discussion

63 comments
Earl-the-Gamer
Earl-the-Gamer

I hope they add more customization to this game like in Black Ops. In the first one, your able to customize your own emblems and face paint. In tis one, I hope they add armor customization. Sort of somewhere in the range of Halos armor customization. If they do, Ill be on this game non-stop.

d_40
d_40

lol @ 50 testers that is pure BS

bltizkrieg
bltizkrieg

Then after launch, 300 will be laid off

jrto93
jrto93

At least with this game it will work on the first day, no long frequent downloads, not require that much internet connectivity demand, new multiplayer game modes, and at least i can expect that i can take down someone in hard core more easily than unloading 30 clips and not drop an enemy up close in BF3. Time to buy pure american made video games not foreign.

TriumphantToad
TriumphantToad

Dear Infinity Ward/Treyarch, MAKE A NEW ENGINE. Yours truly, TriumphantToad

kyosukeugc
kyosukeugc

WHO CARES. Black Ops is the worst $60 I've ever spent on a game!

bigl2007
bigl2007

i smell layoffs coming after the smoke clears and the dust settles and the game is finalized and fully launched

lyncer777
lyncer777

This...is...Treyuuuuuuuuuuuuuck!

thecartman80
thecartman80

Another one serously? the franchise really needs to lay off

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

i did not know it took 300 people to milk a cow . . .

Flint247
Flint247

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Haasdude
Haasdude

If I had a dollar for every "copy and paste" comment on this article, I would.....I dunno, have enough money to buy a used copy of MW3?

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

all of these comments with "copy and paste" in them are cancer.

Snakehead11
Snakehead11

I enjoyed the MW3 campaign very much even though it was pretty short. Black Ops was okay. But now the "somehow-miraculously-surviving" cliche of Woods? Come on.

R2BDSi
R2BDSi

I'd rather be unemployed!

Starshine_M2A2
Starshine_M2A2 moderator

Wish I was one of those 300... SPARTA!!!!!

hamandan
hamandan

OK .. COD made us fight Russians, Arabs, German and Japanese. when is it the Americans turn?

nick_manthe
nick_manthe

Modern Warfare 4 will be coming out 11-12-13

lmaocarrots
lmaocarrots

Treyarch has been so great at keeping it's releases varied, it was WWII to The Cold War to The Future. As compared to Infinity Ward who made a great game with Modern Warfare, then they just copied and pasted it twice. Treyarch is undeniably the one keeping the series alive.

Winchester01
Winchester01

it's not entirely copy/paste like MW2 -> MW3

BKILL96
BKILL96

Really excited for this one, but let me just say this now before I forget. If Infinity Ward starts development on a Modern Warfare 4, I will personally kick all of the IW employees in the balls.

Agent-M
Agent-M

They will all be fired after the game is released. Its a typical douchebag move publishers do these days.

Superzone
Superzone

I didn't know it took that many people to copy and paste.

franky111
franky111

Also, who would even trust Activision as their employer? Remember West and Zampella, you know, the guys who MADE COD and then got their own work stolen from them? Marking this comment as spam won't change facts. Go support West and Zampella's new gaming company, RESPAWN.

franky111
franky111

CALL OF DUTY ROBOT MODERN WARBLACK FARE OPS TWO!

Arranik
Arranik

300 people? I guess they wanna make sure they copy and paste right...

aj_marquez
aj_marquez

@MindwalkerX I think the whole team is really composed of 50 people, including devs and testers. The remaining 250 make the marketing team.

martin_king18
martin_king18

So Far...i would like to play the campaign mode only,could careless for multiplayer but it got my attention from someone that doesn't really like cod

innocent69
innocent69

with you my King, to the death......AWOOW AWOOW AWOOW

X_Colbert_X
X_Colbert_X

@buying1999 Best selling franchise of all time? You are joking, right?

sirzod
sirzod

modern warfare 4 please

Haasdude
Haasdude

face_ripper - Where does it say they are still hiring?

buying1999
buying1999

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xXDevilush420Xx
xXDevilush420Xx

i have seen so many peoples bashing on this game , since the release of the trailer yesterday . i don't even know why certain peoples are comparing this game with halo cause it looks futuristic . peoples are always complaining the COD is always the same . well to me it look different and ill give it a try before i judge the developers of the game. the only thing that i enjoy from Treyarch is zombies .

tigertaru
tigertaru

@MindwalkerX I equally love and hate your comment because I was scrolling down to write the exact same thing before I read your comment lol

MindwalkerX
MindwalkerX

Does it really takes 300+ people to do a copy/paste?

face_ripper
face_ripper

So.. the game is meant to be released soon and their still hiring..? yup, gonna turn out great

megakick
megakick

Nice and after the game is finished Activision will layoff 600 employees.

sideshowboots
sideshowboots

@johnson206 - could not agree more, if you play MW for a little while and switch right over to black ops it feels like it's in slow-mo

johnson206
johnson206

I hope the gameplay is more responsive. Black Ops isn't as responsive as MW2or3

mothboy
mothboy

As Lexaeus775 said, at least they are creating jobs for now!

Lexaeus775
Lexaeus775

at least COD is creating jobs...right? progress? maybe?

cydexx
cydexx

not now, not ever.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

Huh, I didn't know it took 300 people to make the same game as last year...