Call of Duty: Black Ops goes 3D

Treyarch's upcoming shooter compatible with 3D-ready televisions, PCs for game's campaign, multiplayer, and zombie modes.

Activision's Call of Duty brand is one of the most popular shooter franchises in history, but it's about to enter an entirely new dimension.

Activision this morning announced that Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops will be the first Call of Duty title to ship with 3D functionality. The game will come with day-one support for 3D-ready high-definition televisions for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The PC version of the game will be playable in 3D via Nvidia's 3D Vision-Ready technology.

According to Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia, incorporating 3D in the game hasn't always been a sure thing.

Now Call of Duty is literally all around you.

"Development of stereoscopic 3D began as an R&D project, but once we saw what the technology brought to the Call of Duty experience…we had to develop it for Black Ops," he said.

Further, Black Ops will support 3D in every one of the game's modes. Players will be able to fight through the campaign, online multiplayer, and the recently confirmed zombie mode in full 3D.

Call of Duty fans without a 3D-ready television or PC will be able to play the game in the standard presentation format.

Call of Duty: Black Ops is the follow-up to last year's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which has made over 1 billion dollars. Black Ops will come in three variations, priced between $60 and $150. The game will feature the voices of Hollywood stars Gary Oldman and Ed Harris and is projected to sell more than 12 million units in its lifetime.

Black Ops ships for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on November 9. For more on the upcoming shooter, check out GameSpot’s most recent hands-on preview.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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165 comments
hayesplumbing
hayesplumbing

I just played Black ops on my samsung 3d tv and I loved it. I'm sure it wont be for everyone, especially people who get head aches. I played for three hours and couldn't stop until my wife turned off the tv for bed. For people that care the 3d adds a depth to the first person shooter it needs. My favorite is when you look though the scope, even the scope has depth to it, and in the distance a enemy has a red dot on his head. Its not always about things coming out at you, its more about walk through a house instead of a moving flat picture. If its not for you, thats cool but you shouldn't knock it till you try it. It's the closest thing to virtual reality I have ever seen. Thanks for reading my two cents.

bjkthe619
bjkthe619

@ jabron Yeah because the MAJORITY of the video game players are usually played by 16 year olds and college students dumb guy. and i agree with most of these people about 3D. watching a movie at a theater with 3d gets my eyes sore. i cant even imagine how its gonna be when you have to concentrate so much more in video games

jabron
jabron

Whats up with this 3D phobia on this site? It is just an option in the game get over it. If you are poor in cant afford a 3d tv why hate 3d? Is there just a bunch of 16 yr olds and collage students on this site. And also before you comment that 3d is terrible just try it.

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

@xYamatox - Sorry I responded so late (I didn't get a message in my inbox D: ) LOL! funny comment. I kinda want the game to suck so I don't have to spend more money :D. So many good games are coming out, so I already have my hands full! Well, to get back on the subject...the 3D thing is really stupid imo :).

STRIFE9288
STRIFE9288

@NOscope42 your still goin on hahaha pathetic. keep it comin though, this is my last reply but your more than welcome to keep on nibblin at that bait HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

GordonFrohman11
GordonFrohman11

Sounds like fun but I know in the back of my mind that there's no way that this can possibly work without making me want to throw my lunch onto the tv screen.

NOscope42
NOscope42

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drknessfeeds
drknessfeeds

@kissfan76 Last time I checked you could still post your opinion here. I did not trash them, nor do I believe my posting to be trolling. Take it your a fanboy of Activision?

Fundai
Fundai

BY the way, i got nothing against 3d, just dont think it works yst

Fundai
Fundai

First of all 3d tv is a gimic. Tried it at a store, not to good. (however i heard the 3ds 3d is good, so mabey we will see good 3d gaming soon) Also you know your an adict when you buy the $150 version. My freinds, all they play is COD, all they talk about is COD. There life is COD. I know there not the only ones out there with this problem. CODs a good game, ill admit it, its fun, but seiriously, play anything else just once.

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

@ActionManly : Because, if you read, that is my opinion on 3D, not the game itself.

STRIFE9288
STRIFE9288

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Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

@NOscope42 I think what our good bandwagon buddy Strife is talking about might something like the Logitech Wingman Extreme, which was released in 1999. I owned one, and I can safely say it was the epitome of a gimmick. Something that is poorly implemented for a novelty concept, but doesn't work from a functional standpoint, is just that. Basically, all it had was a feature that turned the entire joystick into an analogue stick, and you could tilt it directionally. There were no external sensors, and using the feature on an actually game was unplayable. The technology was about as useful as 3D TVs are at the moment; worthless except for the novelty factor. I'm not going to buy a TV so I can watch 3D, have my friends over for beer and a game, and have to pass glasses around so we see. It's not well implemented, just like that damn logitech controller. No-glasses 3D TV's are being introduced and will only improve, and in 2 years they'll be cheaper. There's no reason to buy this infantile technology now when a much better product is clearly visible on the horizon.

NOscope42
NOscope42

@STRIFE9288 holly fail o.O your siting a controller that launched after the wii as a previous attempt to motion control gaming that took place before the wii? because if your talking about the sixaxis, that was in response to the wii, and launched later that some year, and their first attempt to compete with the motion control market. let me help you out here, if you are trying to find technology that uses motion control previous to the wii, there were two attempts. the eye toy by sony, but that was motion capturing not motion control, and a motion controller that was the POWER GLOVE for the NES, god how did you miss that one for you're argument, i guess wiki and Google are harder to use then you thought. but even Nintendo admits that it was not a motion controller, but an attempt of to apply physics to gaming, and it was a peripheral attachment and not meant for motion gaming. and implementing correctly means that you have the right technology, just because the 3D looks better now, does not mean that it was implemented incorrectly in the past.

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

can you play 3d on pc if you dont have a 3d monitor? i have a lcd monitor for my pc but im just wondering in case i ever get that nvidia 3d kit thingy

STRIFE9288
STRIFE9288

@NOscope42 not being implemented correctly or not having the right technology at the time doesnt make soething a gimmick. there actually was a motion controller a couple of years ago that looked like the ps3 controller that failed and didn't take off like they had hoped, so yea the comparison is correct. go google or wiki it, i'll expect your response within a day.

STRIFE9288
STRIFE9288

@richardthe3rd yes keep em comin, im lovin it. keep takin your time thinkin about me :D

NOscope42
NOscope42

@STRIFE9288 Christ! are you serious? this isn't rocket surgery!!!! you said that people thought the Wii was going to be a gimmick and look how that turned out, and used this as a reference to your stand on 3D TV. If you are unaware, I was pointing out that 3D was tried and it failed in the 70's/80's. thats why it's a gimmick now. for the Wii to be a reference tool as a non gimmick that was claimed to be one, it would have had tried and failed like 3D did in the past. 3D is old technology that is being applied to entertainment for a second time. Motion control gaming is a new idea that took off successfully (whether you like it or not, its sales are successful) the first run thorough. i was pointing out the flaws in your comparison sarcastically

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Console wars to TV wars. It's never gonna end, with this one-upmanship bull****. @STRIFE9288 Next time, please shorten your post to "thank you for the attention," that other nonsense just really just said the same thing. Also, I'm very sorry I hurt your feelings.

hotshot331
hotshot331

@GunGriffin I agree with you. I feel that Treyarch cares more about the players, unlike IW who only care about making money

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Yet more proof that Trayarch makes better games that support more then just a few noobies in the corner but also do new things to cator to the vets as well. I'm getting more and more glad every day that I pre-ordered this and not MOH. It just looked like more of the same to me, at least these guys are doing some new things gameplay wize, new game modes, updated engine, and graphics, better AI (MW2s AI sucked hard but in this game I have already seen the AI is going to flank, and change location based on the player this time around unlike MW2 where they sat there waiting for you to flank them.) I saw some vids that prooved this from behind the sceens at E3 on GameTrailers where they were talking about how the AI in both SP, and MP was going to be more agressive, and less sit and shoot, they said it will increase play time for the game, as well as help the player feel like they are fighting a real war, the cool scritped stuff is still there though just not used 24/7.

derekis007
derekis007

A lot of people will buy this game JUST for the zombie game mode lol.

gerhardtscriven
gerhardtscriven

good... good... can't wait to see those noobtube rockets come right out of my TV to hit me in the face :)

kos_maverik
kos_maverik

@drummerdickens Lol yeah let's hope next year is going to have 0.2%!

shkar
shkar

with this and MOH coming out,,,, I think I will spend most of my gaming time online for the upcoming months ,,, and off course I won't be able to play Bad Company 2 Online anymore ...

ActionManly
ActionManly

@Waldkrieger, why don't you judge the game based off its own merits as an entertainment medium than just make a one-off comment about something that is completely optional and by no means any significant part of the game?

drummerdickens
drummerdickens

@frog154 Yes. But now it's going to be MORE 3D! :D

frog154
frog154

Technically speaking, wasn't it 3d anyway?

drummerdickens
drummerdickens

Realistically about 0.1% of the people who buy Black Ops will play it in 3D. Still, it's a step in the right direction!

Big_Stingman
Big_Stingman

Yeah I thought the 360 doesn't have 3D? Not that I really care, just pointing it out.

Bufta
Bufta

This is great news,ive been running a 3DTV for about 2 months now and they truly are out-standing (excuse the pun) Motorstorm 3D rift is so cool, you feel like you truly are jumping off mountains you get that sinking feeling n your stomach. Its sad to hear a lot of people ripping into the 3D revolution, dont worry guys 3DTVs are dropping in price all the time. Its a better experience than films believe me! Games suit the tech far better. Ive played COD - WAW in 3D conversion mode and even that was incredibkle so true steroscopy will be even better, cant wait!

JillV
JillV

I thought the xbox 360 isn't capable of 3D graphics just yet.

Avenged_Plague
Avenged_Plague

@raimunds no, you will need to buy a 3DTV to play this game in 3D

Flint247
Flint247

I am still not getting this game. I learned my lesson from WaW and MW2.

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

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BallisstiXXX
BallisstiXXX

I cant wait for the migraines and seizures, but since everything Sony is overpriced, I will have to wait to get one of those retaUrded 3DTV's in ten years too.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I just want to kill zombies

lilflex1
lilflex1

i gotta give them credit most platform game developers were talking about going 3d and they stepped up but i cant see me playing this with its new version ill still buy it

xdude85
xdude85

Because 3D makes everything better... not!

FPS1337
FPS1337

wow i really need my 3d tv soon

banana5
banana5

im glad they are making a better version. for ps3 with 3d capability. ps3 deserves it after getting maps a month late to test the glitches on the 360

runstalker
runstalker

Much like the ridiculous 3D proliferation we see in movie theaters right now, perhaps 1-in-5 of each 3D release actually delivers truly worthy sequences to justify the use of that tech. It becomes the same situation at home with 3D games and Blu-rays. From the outstanding to the pointless. Black Ops' implementation of 3D will have to be judged on its own.

sirk1264
sirk1264

The 3D is nice for people that can actually afford a 3D TV. For me, there is no need to buy a 3D TV till they get it right where you don't need glasses to see a 3D movie or play a 3D game.

herodotus2006
herodotus2006

@mrzero1982pt2 No offence mate, but making generalisations like "...we all may hate call of duty..." is asking for a heated response, something we all wish to avoid on these news items. If you don't like Activision fair enough (I think Bobby Kotick is actually quite brilliant at milkiing money out of the gaming public, much as we might loathe his practices...and I do). Fact is, EA aren't much better and never have been (I remember when EA-bashing was a popular passtime). So all's good, apart from the return of Gary Oldman. His Russian accent in "World at War" was comical and dreadful all at once, IMO. Thumbs up for Ed Harris, though. See you on the "MoH" battlefield, perhaps.

NOscope42
NOscope42

@STRIFE9288 sorry dude, my bad, did not know motion control gaming tried and failed in the 70's

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

Ahh 3D. Another worthless gimmick as an excuse to make lesser quality movies and games. "Its in 3D". But wait sir, the movie itself sucks. "Ohh, but it's in 3D!!". Nice to know you are so easily pleased. I have zero use for gimmicks. Count me out.

joeborg14
joeborg14

Yeah, except that none of us have a 3D TV... And I don't plan on getting one until the prices are less than preposterous.