Call of Duty: Black Ops gets mod support

PC version of Treyarch's upcoming war shooter to have infrastructure for custom maps, game types.

Last year, Infinity Ward drew a measure of flak for not including dedicated server support or mod tools with the PC version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. With Treyarch assuming command of Call of Duty: Black Ops, the studio will be calling in a more inclusive strategy for the game's PC edition.

Treyarch today announced that the PC version of the forthcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops will support both dedicated servers and mod tools. That functionality comes with a small caveat, though, as the studio noted that the features will be implemented sometime after the game's launch on November 9.

Mod tools confirmed for Black Ops.

"We plan to open the game up for modding sometime post-launch," a Treyarch PC representative wrote on the Call of Duty: Black Ops community forums. Mod tools allow gamers to create new maps and game types and share them with fellow players.

"We do not know yet to what extent you will be able to mod the game. There are some purely technical issues related to engine and internal tool enhancements that do not easily fit the modtools paradigm," the statement explained.

Currently, Treyarch is "completely focused on finishing the game" and has promised a full multiplayer reveal for September 1.

Call of Duty: Black Ops--a game analysts believe will sell 12 million units by year's end--is due out on November 9 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii, and DS. It will come in three distinct retail options and will also include the fan favorite Zombie mode. For more on Call of Duty: Black Ops, check out GameSpot's most recent preview.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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whiskymaster
whiskymaster

So the PC guys get all the fun and the consul gamers well end up paying through the nose for map pack - Grrrrrrr :-(

elitedeadman
elitedeadman

hey can i play as a zombie??? just joking they say this one has a "practice mode" where u can play a all multiplayer matches with AI (much more like a custom game) that was a good news for me cause.. you got the intense single player, awesome multiplayer and a custom game against AI and mention the zombies too this is the best call of duty to wait for.... already looking forward to it!!!

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

Well they stole Gungame mod so it's obvious they had to repay some way. And the whole concept of them sucking up to us to buy the game has payed off, I think because Ill buy the game. Oh and, BRAAAAAIIINSSS!!! I still play zombie mode.

konbart1
konbart1

the only reason i bought cod 5 was cause of zombies so im glad black ops is going to have zombies

Colonel-Snake
Colonel-Snake

@gerhardtscriven Console versions is not having dedicated servers. They said only the PC will have dedicated servers.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

good job trying to win gamers back activision

Milas7
Milas7

Awesome!!! ZOMBIEMODE

gerhardtscriven
gerhardtscriven

Does this mean the console versions will *not* support dedicated servers? They have to be very clear on this, b/c the peer-to-peer approach completely killed what could have been a very enjoyable game. One can hardly enter a game now where some stupid kid is not lag switching the game.

SauhlGood
SauhlGood

call of duty with a 'left 4 dead' mode original.

Taxonomy
Taxonomy

hmmm pc mod 18 player zombie map the ideas are limitless on pc great job guys and modable killstreaks perhaps Taxonomy has called in the horde of zombies for 60 sec

ActionManly
ActionManly

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TheReaper180
TheReaper180

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UnknownPerson55
UnknownPerson55

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Blade8Aus
Blade8Aus

@luffy11234 Actually, it's mostly because Consoles are what you call a 'closed-platform' and also variety in specification does help, but still, mods exist even for Wolfenstein 3D I believe, which are capable of running on ancient hardware. Dedicated modders are also often only interested in developing for PC and only certain aspects of modding can be done with a proper multi-platform method.

luffy11234
luffy11234

apparently the consoles cant handle the power of that weird vudu called "modding" :/ hey what do i care hearing this news might have me buy it for the pc.

acer_062
acer_062

About time ... at last someone is listening !!!!!!

cytheh
cytheh

@ deadblood2: ah sht, you are correct, I didn't pay attention. And Ctrl+F isn't consistent... my bad. (i deleted my comment cuz it doesn't make much sense) I wonder y 3 people thumbed down what you said while you are correct. I definitely thumb you up... looks like there may be 2 good games this holiday after all.

Gammet25
Gammet25

Sounds like they're trying some love on the PC version. Soudns good and i think i kinda understand how its hard for them to implement mod tools on the game but if theres no dedicated servers GG. Annoyingly the special retail editions of COD dont become avaliable much on PC.

LondonGamer986
LondonGamer986

When i read the title, i thought that it was them going to have support to block modders on consoles. This is so annoying.

Aekom
Aekom

Anybody here who has played CoD 1, CoD: United Offensive or CoD 2 online will know how much of a joy mods will be for this game. If Treyarch release an SDK for Black Ops, major props to them.

thehumantaco
thehumantaco

Do I hear someone groan BBBBBBBRRRRRAAAAAIIIIINNNNNNSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

railroberto2007
railroberto2007

melty world at war was better then mw2 ever thought about being. try again

melty3219
melty3219

Why wouldn't Black Ops get mods? Its Treyarch! the bigest bunch of modders alive! all they do is mod and reskin everything Infinity Ward does. You just hit the undo button on the mod tools and you will get MW2.

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

All they need to do is release a multiplayer demo on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC (notably, on Steam) and we should be sure that this will be a good game. If they don't release a demo, then we won't know whether this will be a train wreck or any good at all. Demo or no purchase. As I'd like to see if it will be any good before I play the full game.

gladin09
gladin09

@Spartan809 you underestimate the power of COD mods :P take the COD 4 zombie mods for example they were just amazing and lots of potential to go even further with this new COD.

DDERME
DDERME

medal of honour or this? stuff it im getting both better safe than sorry.

reaper-1978
reaper-1978

Great :) back to the way it should be, the pc version has always had dedicated servers upto MW2, it makes the multi player part of the game a much more enjoyable by allowing people to set there own servers up the way they want and allowing the MOD's of the servers to kick the one's that cause all the problems, let's just hope the pc version also has free map packs, we pay enough for our rigs and at the end of the day if us pc gamers didn't buy the first call of duty then the game wouldn't be as big as it is today, having played every single call of duty game on the pc (shame call of duty 3 was console only) i will for sure be adding this to my collection it will also be great to see zombie mode back as well it was a great laugh on world at war MANY THANKS TREYARCH :)

TheReaper180
TheReaper180

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UnknownPerson55
UnknownPerson55

i wonder how long until all of the doable maps from halo are made

firehawk998
firehawk998

Great news for PC owners who will purchase Black Ops with the support of MOD this game will have support and new additions after Activision stops supporting it( after one year they will).

FPS1337
FPS1337

should have this feature for 360 version, now I need to get both because I have to have the 360 to play with all my friends and have the hardened edition nazi zombies, but the pc for mod support. *sigh* atleast the PC version isn't as expensive.

Spartan809
Spartan809

Mod support has never been anything special for the CoD franchise. It will be nothing in comparison to the mods made for Source games or Red Orchestra.

Lach0121
Lach0121

Good news, atleast Blackops will have a large assortment of maps (including user made ones) and game types (including mods) Dedicated servers I am happy about that, as well as a few people I know, that own servers looking forward to this game!

stocko2k
stocko2k

i might be buying black ops on release then. i only really buy pc games if they have mod tools. i'm not too bothered about dedicated servers i understand that its something the general public want but aslong as i get to play a game online i done mind if its dedicated or matchmaking servers

funnysplay
funnysplay

So the zombie mode is back then? i might just be one of those 12 million people now.

bodylotion
bodylotion

Games like the Call Of Duty games should always have mod support. Treyarch acts like it's an extra. I still don't know why they didn't allow mod support for MW2 or dedicated servers. The good thing is that they probably will not sell as much mappacks as they did with MW2.

sabre85
sabre85

cant wait for zombie mode even if the game was so-so which it wont beit would be worth it bc zombies is hours and hours of game play

cornerback3
cornerback3

@p2250 you can't see the game being fun without Commando...and you want more intense killstreaks...uhhh...do I need to respond to this?

star-stratus
star-stratus

With maps as good as CoD4(Seriously all maps in WaW and MW were made for public tdm crap) and promod, this cod might turn out to be the next big clan fps.

odst_trooper117
odst_trooper117

Thats pretty cool, though its kind of a bummer that they didnt do this for the Xbox 360 or the PS3, that (in my opinion) would be awesome :)

p2250
p2250

They better bring back Commanda and Danger Close; without those perks, I can't see this game as being fun. Also, more intense killstreaks would be awesome!

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Hmmm Treyarch really has taken notice of all the cock ups Infinity Ward did and they certainly don't want to go the same way.

eriktkire
eriktkire

@noamize They'll milk the consoles for $$$ DLC maps as much as possible. I believe you guys had to pay for the extra maps in World at War that came free (as they should) in the PC patches. I seriously doubt they will allow mod maps to be played on the consoles, but I think it's a moot detail at this point. I can't imagine any of the skilled modders/map makers out there investing any time into modding this or any future CoD games. They'll be eagerly awaiting BF3 and Rage. The CoDs have become disposable titles... play it this season, then move onto the next CoD sequel next time the kid's are on holiday.

Maddogtaylor
Maddogtaylor

oh man give the ps3 and xbox dedicated servers too :P i dont wanna get knifed from 100 yards away lol

Witchsight
Witchsight

CODBLOPS Support? I love that name :D