Black Ops Declassified focused on multiplayer

Nihilistic CEO Robert Huebner says new Call of Duty for PS Vita not about "big campaign" or "huge cinematics," but rather "multiplayer essence."

The Call of Duty series has long been known for its sprawling campaigns and cinematic scenes, but upcoming PlayStation Vita game Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified does not place the same emphasis on those ideas.

Nihilistic Software's CEO Robert Huebner recently told the Activision-run One of Swords blog that though Declassified will leverage the design of past Call of Duty games, it will focus on multiplayer above all else.

"Declassified is not about the big campaign storyline and huge cinematics, it’s more focused on the multiplayer essence of Call of Duty and bringing that to a portable device as completely as possible," Huebner said.

Huebner added that Nihilistic's aim for Black Ops Declassified was not to design a game that fans would perceive as a port of a past or current Call of Duty title. Instead, the developer sought to craft a "tailored experience" for the PS Vita that delves into the history of memorable Black Ops characters like Frank Woods and Alex Mason.

Black Ops Declassified is due out on November 13 alongside Black Ops II for consoles and PC. It is the first Black Ops game to not include a Zombies mode.

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stony4cloud
stony4cloud

The multiplayer will only be good if people are online . I have 3G and thats expensive . Sometimes your in a place you dont get wifi , so that game without a decent campaign could become worthless to buy. The online play could be limited to 3 or 4 people teams at best and that no fun.Both sides camping out with no one to kill because the board is so small

Lil2146
Lil2146

Well for the next game I'm sure everyone would like these game modes.

 

Search And Destroy - Hardcore Search and Destroy

Teamdeath Match - Hardcore Teamdeath Match

Headquarters - Hardcore Headquarters

Free For All

Drop Zone

Barebone*

Capture the Flag - Hardcore Capture the Flag

Kill Confirm

 

Maybe Zombies or Survival MW3 style or Both :)

 

Also Downloaded Content Like New maps, new weapons

thribs
thribs

Looks fun. I need some new games for my Vita.

mastergundam
mastergundam

I still remember the first time i played COD 1 , the thing that i was impressed was the campaign itself and i never player its multiplayer until COD3, where is the good old times?

they should have made campaign twice times bigger than the Multiplayer then i will be able to think about buying this game....at this point they should have known that many people don't play COD for Multiplayer already....

cryingdevil63
cryingdevil63

As if the games in the main franchise focused on something else?

How is this news?

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

a call of duty game focusing on just the multiplayer "what a shocker" end sarcasm

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

Mr. Huebner, COD is good games,, but I'm tired of it.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

"it will focus on multiplayer above all else"

 

I'm sorry, but how is that ANY different to any CoD game of the past 4 years? CoD : Modern Warfare had an OK length, barely. Each game since then has reduced and reduced the single player, leaving sheep to spend £60 on what is effectively an annually updated multiplayer only game.... it's just not worth that amount of cash.

itchyflop
itchyflop

i'm not slating cod on the vita but uncharted (a different game i'm aware) was fkn awesome, so how did naughty dog get it right yet the gamer giant activision clearly haven't, maybe its cos the team that developed resistance on the vita have been given the cod task , resistance felt a little flat and something was lacking. im dubious about this, the vita needs this to be s seller so it needs to be good. Fingers crossed

Cappuccin0
Cappuccin0

Every bit of news about this game makes it sound poorer and poorer. Glad there's other Vita games to look forward to this month.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I honestly don't know why they still have a single player campaign in COD. Just take out the 5 hours and imply it in the multiplayer since it's all you care about. Hardly anyone cares about the single player joke.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

so this will be the worst call of duty game ever made

Harrydapro
Harrydapro

Less content? It's Call Of Duty, as long as there's the big logo 9-year-olds everywhere will buy it.

TrophyMaster
TrophyMaster

its better if they focused on multipalyer because what else will you do when story is finished. so they should have a addicting multiplayer

Cillah187
Cillah187

Not about big campaign? No huge cinematics!? More multiplayer focused!? No! You must be lying! What has this world come to when CoD has a short story and focuses more on multiplayer!?

skrilla99
skrilla99

$50 bucks for a watered down Vita game.  No big campaign, 4v4 mp and what little graphics they've shown look pretty underwhelming.  Uncharted Golden Abyss showed graphically and campaign wise what the Vita is capable of.  This is just a crappy and hopefully failed attempt to cash in on the COD name brand.  This game will be terrible.

DJKrayz_basic
DJKrayz_basic

no thanks.. wasn't really buying it anyway, but now i know i can keep my distance for sure with it only really being MP...

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

how about some damn gameplay footage...damn thing launches in 3 weeks!

Wawas20
Wawas20

i really wanted this to be great. now i might not even buy it. might be one of the first games that ill listen to the reviewer before deciding if i want to buy this

PStrife
PStrife

This is exactly how EA spinned Medal of Honor Heroes on the PSP, it didn't work out so well.  People were not happy with that series until the second game, nobody really wants multiplayer focused handheld games.

 

Activision people should not be busy doing scummy EA style trolling of their own property's fanbases.

gruoch1
gruoch1

Just one more reason not to buy an already crappy looking game, and this is coming from a CoD fan.

SolidTy
SolidTy

I stopped buying COD a few years ago, so I say Sayonara to COD9 : BO2 before it arrives. The MP is dull, people concentrate on Kill/Death Ratios more than team gameplay, the running around maps got old as well.

 

I know the new kids didn't get enough, but I've been with the series since COD, and before that when it was MOH.

 

Still, for those fans that dig it, here's a handheld version of their fave game.

ProdjectAUSM
ProdjectAUSM

Black Ops concentrating on multiplayer?A Call of Duty game... concentrating on multiplayer?

Since when?

Halloll
Halloll

Metro: Last Light ditches multiplayer. that's the game Im getting

Maverick2448
Maverick2448

It is basically a nice way of saying, "we know the game is going to suck so we will put a nice spin on it to entice the simpletons out there to buy it anyway. Afterall it IS Call of Duty."

ztron370
ztron370

I don't think multiplayer on a handheld device is a good idea.

koospetoors
koospetoors

Too bad focus on multi-player doesn't mean focus on quality, forgive me for being so skeptical but after Burning Skies? Yeaahhh not really excited for this one.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

These guys aren't fooling anyone. Saying "they aren't focused on cinematics and a big campaign" means that the singke player is garbage, and we've already seen how awful the multiplayer looks (wow, 8 players!), so Nihilistic, just admit that this will be a shitty game and spare us.

catsimboy
catsimboy

"Call of Duty series has long been known for its sprawling campaigns and cinematic scenes" you mean USED TO BE known for it's sprawling campaigns and cinematic scenes. Apart from a couple of cool missions like the Chernobyl flashback the campaigns are forgettable shooting galleries. I'll take CoD 1's levels like crossing the Volga over any new Call of Duty levels any day.

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

4 vs 4 is kinda weak for a game ''focused on multiplayer''. You would think they would up that to at least 6 vs 6.

93ChevyNut
93ChevyNut

Actually admitting that you're NOT focusing on single player in a COD game basically equals a 4 minute campaign.  3 minutes to cinematically drive to a location (god forbid you'd drive the jeep yourself), then 1 minute to rescue a hostage.  Game over.

 

Now try it on Veteran mode!!!

emperiox
emperiox

i'm shocked that call of duty focuses on multiplayer. you learn something new every day!!!

barleybosh
barleybosh

I'm not a big CoD fan, only recently got into it because of Survival Mode in MW3.

 

I'd pick this up if it had Survival Mode & Zombies together, with or without a Campaign, frankly.

Cozm1kaos
Cozm1kaos

I dont mind focused multiplayer. The 3 hour campaign would have not justified it for me!!! At least I can do mission online and play against others. Yes yes it sucks that it is only 4V4 over WIFI but its a start =) I for one would not play cod games anymore, I have stopped since blackops and noticed its worse than a monthly payment. Its either your buying map packs or a whole new COD every year =)

 

I am glad this is coming out on the VITA tho, it might boost sales!!! but what would really boost sales is a PS vits bundles with COD and 8GIG, special vita color to be army color and Baam sales arise!!

EKGProd
EKGProd

And this is exactly why I'm not buying it. No campaign, no money from me. This "multiplayer with bots" single player mode they're trying to sell us on is garbage. I couldn't care less about the multiplayer, so this game is useless to me. PASS.

X_Colbert_X
X_Colbert_X

"[Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified's] more focused on the multiplayer essence of Call of Duty and bringing that to a portable device as completely as possible..."

 

So we can expect 15 dollar DLC map packs with 2-3 recycled maps, teens bragging about their "uber leet skillz," and players named XxXB345T_M0D3XxX camping a corner for an entire match?

 

That sound wonderful.

Slim_Lyrics
Slim_Lyrics

Underwhelming campaign + 2vs2 multiplayer = defiantly not buying this game for my vita 

Borderlands666
Borderlands666

"The Call of Duty series has long been known for its sprawling campaigns"     Um really? Last "sprawling" Call of Duty was CoD 2 and 3, who's C*** is Gamespot trying to suck with that nonsense? CoD is nothing but a 3 hour campaign anymore, and lame multiplayer.                                                                                                                                   "Declassified is not about the big campaign storyline and huge cinematics, it’s more focused on the multiplayer"  Thats not just Declassified, that's every CoD now days. Aside from the cinematics, every CoD game is nothing but multiplayer and a worthless 3 hour campaign. And all you little kiddies will gobble it up, its sad how most people in this world are so easily fleeced these days, especially us Americans. Enjoy your 3 hour 60.00 romp, I'll stick with real games, not casual games that should be on facebook.....ya know its Coming, CoD-ville, oh yeah and you all will just eat it up.  Idiots.

dab0ne
dab0ne

I don't want to be "That guy" but isn't the game 4 vs. 4 wifi only?  If the emphasis was multiplayer you would think there would be at least 5 vs. 5.  I wonder if  it will have Ad-Hoc capabilities too unlike some multiplayer games.  I'm looking at you Little Big Planet Vita.

itchyflop
itchyflop

 @Cillah187 sadly thats the industry now with the internet being faster, back in the day unless you had a pc it wasnt really heard of, i think the dreamcast had limited online play, even ps2. I must admit i havent played any of the new cod single player. 

5SI-GonePostal
5SI-GonePostal

 @KBFloYd Why would they do that - just like FIFA 2013 (Vita) its best not to do it so the dummies buy it before someone like GS gives it a nice 5/10.  Was annoyed with Konami for not doing PES Vita, but it seems for now it was the right choice.

DEagle267
DEagle267

 @ztron370 I did have a bit of fun with MGS: Portable Ops+ before the online was shutdown. Though the fact than 90% of the ppl that played it years after release were all using hacks in matches ruined it for me then. [And the controls were a little awkward but workable =p]

mastergundam
mastergundam

 @5SI-GonePostal  @KBFloYdKonami as one of my respected company never does the trick as low as EA did  to get money on handheld gamers...no matter how good console ver of Fifa is, EA just showed their true color of how greedy they are...

 

Slim_Lyrics
Slim_Lyrics

 @sambob530  @dab0ne my bad. thanks for the heads-up. The already crappy multiplayer count looks a bit less crappy now.