Call of Duty: Black Ops PC mod tools due in May

Treyarch confirms gamers will be able to create custom content for the desktop edition of popular shooter for free next month.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was a disappointment for a segment of the PC-gaming population in 2008 due to Infinity Ward's omission of mod tools and dedicated multiplayer servers. Treyarch vowed to not make the same move with its follow-up, Black Ops, last year, saying that mod tools would be released for PC gamers "sometime" after the Cold War-era shooter's November 2010 launch.

That "sometime" apparently equated to about six months, as a Twitter update from a member of Treyarch's PC development team said today that mod tools should be out by May. "News: We are shooting for mod tools release in May," the full message reads. The developer posted a subsequent message indicating that the mod tools would be free.

PC gamers may soon be able to create their own set piece scenarios.

Exactly what gamers will get from the release remains to be seen. At the time of its announcement, a Treyarch representative said, "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 mod tools paradigm."

For more on Call of Duty: Black Ops, one of the best-selling games of all time, check out GameSpot's review.

Discussion

66 comments
shani_boy101
shani_boy101

it took you 7 months Activision, well done. /sarcasm

baza66
baza66

The one game everyone buys and at the same time everyone bltches about. COD. It's always sitting at the top of every sales list, dlc list, and multiplayer lists. I guess that it makes it a bigger target. People, get over it, as of right now, most people OBVIOUSLY love Call of Duty. I"m sure that love will fade one day, as did Guitar Hero. I used to play it like a crack addict smoked crack. Now I only play once every 3 months. But reality is, people do like it or else they wouldn't sell. Duh.

TheJamin
TheJamin

why wont they just kill this series... it's come so far from its respected master piece that was call of duty 1.

Kid2812
Kid2812

Just waiting for the 360 gamer to come out and say ''OMG COD IS THE BEST GAMER EVER'' Just waiting

Rovelius
Rovelius

@kais112 You think the thought didn't cross their mind?

master_foam
master_foam

not bad might make a mod so when anybody quick scopes you have to run around with a battlefield sign attached to your head..

lsw3638
lsw3638

Activision is demanding more blind money from you! cod its just boring for me.

killa32130
killa32130

it's not going to cost anything? Theres a first lol.

kais112
kais112

@Rovelius don't give them ideas...

danielkennedy91
danielkennedy91

COD can go to hell while i get my KZ3 copy out, and Battlefield 3 when it comes out

CyberKlown28
CyberKlown28

@DukeNukeThem Sales show quality. And reviewers agree that Call of Duty is great. Go play Battlefield, son. You can run people over with tanks and NOT get called a noob. Good for kids.

02050muh
02050muh

another way to kiss pc gamers' whiny a$$

AlphaWolF_J
AlphaWolF_J

Antivision can frankly piss off! way back when Cod4 was released i played that thing to death and sunk hours upon hours of time in to creating maps and a custom clan map and i really enjoyed it. But then MW2 happend and antivision cut the mod tools, cut the dedicated servers, and any kind of anti cheat system . & that was it for me i never when back after that so if they think i will be making maps for there BS skin job game series well i wont they pissed on the PC crowd and many including myself BLACKLISTED COD, so if they want me sorry i will be playing battelfield burn antivision and the fat cat that runs it>

zidan4000
zidan4000

black ops is one hell of an unstable game , it had crappy graphics yet the framerate sucked compared to when i ran metro 2033 , i say let them fix the stability issues first, i can't play the game for an hour before it crashes on me.

Kan0nF0dder
Kan0nF0dder

What's the point - Battlefield 2/Bad Company 2 will tide everyone over till Battlefield 3. I am one of many who struggles to understand CoD's success on any level.

LtReviews
LtReviews

Think of it this way: Half-Life 2 outsold Call of Duty Blackops, contrary to popular belief. Think of it- not only do people buy Half-Life 2, they also buy Counter-Strike, Gary's Mod, and Team Fortress. Even Left 4 Dead was inspired by the numerous zombie mod-servers on Counter-Strike. So by releasing mod tools, and giving the customers a chance to put their feedback about a game in action, the developers gain money, even as customers get free content. Even now, however, they worry that they will lose money on 15 dollar DLC packs that give you the 1/100th of the amount of content I can get on any source game for FREE. The truth is: mods make more people who weren't initially going to buy the game more willing to invest in buying it. The fact that even now, they are going to severely limit the capacity to mod the game of these tools shows an immense amount of ignorance on the developer's part. They simply don't understand the community that plays their games at all.

DarkAngeles
DarkAngeles

Massive mistake in the text, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was released in 2009, not 2008.

CJ45_
CJ45_

Ehh people, either way YOU'RE STILL PLAYING a joke of a game.

DukeNukeThem
DukeNukeThem

@CyberKlown28 I'm pretty sure you meant the most overrated FPS of all time. Just because a lot of people (sheep) buy something, doesn't make it the best...

pelvist
pelvist

I think they finally realised that PC gamers like to make their own mods/DLC and not buy it. The most successful games on PC are always more successful because of mods. I bet gamers on PC are still buying games like Morrowind and System Shock 2 simply because of the mods that still get released for them to this day.

CyberKlown28
CyberKlown28

Modding is overrated :) Black Ops is already the best fps(democracy, people say so) of all time. Its fine as is.

DJ_Headshot
DJ_Headshot

Hey i might just buy black ops now! They have taken big steps backwards in mod support after call of duty 4.

flashn00b
flashn00b

If they do bring mods, I might decide to buy Black Ops, seeing that I mainly played World at War for ZombieX.

BotZakafein
BotZakafein

Would prefer a DA2 modset. Plus i have BO and the 360 so...

M-S-M-S
M-S-M-S

I didn't play Black Ops, and I don't intend too. I was so disappointed, as a PC gamer, from the treatment we received with CoD:MW2, that I told myself never to buy a CoD game anymore. It is nice to see that some things changed, but for me it is too late. There are other, and better alternatives to CoD.

amr_5m
amr_5m

lol people still play black obs crysis 2 is better alot :) nano suit :)

Skreba
Skreba

Mods, no matter how good they may be, are not enough to bring me back to Black Ops.

Rovelius
Rovelius

Heh, I almost expected them to have you pay for a Modder License or whatever.

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

lol they prob realized nobody bought the maps for pc version so they are finally releasing it, pc players dont do map packs, we make our own :P

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

Well I TRIED to play this on my PC, and.... it just wouldnt run right, stu.. stu... stutters galore, and that was on a quad core, gtx460, and 6gb memory, so back to BC2 I went.

tyskenfan
tyskenfan

But Treyarch failed massively at other things

bowlingotter
bowlingotter

Gotta give props for bringing back dedicated servers and modding tools with Black Ops. Still can't beat BFBC2, though.

jockie_chan
jockie_chan

There is a reason why they waited so long to do this. and it's simply because they wanted to milk their customers till their udders were sore and dry. after all, who would buy 10 high quality maps for $30, when you can get over 25 high quality maps and over 75 decent quality ones for $0. and probably free weapons, free game modes and a few total conversion mods on the side.

BloodMist
BloodMist

Incredible, I know they said they'd do it but I never really expected it.Maybe we'll get something decent out of this game after all, like free versions of the maps they have the gall to charge you for, heh heh.

NoHotAshes
NoHotAshes

"There are some purely technical issues related to engine and internal tool enhancements that do not easily fit the mod tools paradigm"..... LOL, yea ok, that modified quake 3 engine is sooo technical. What you meant to say was "There are some purely money related issues like not letting users make maps so that we can charge them $15 instead."

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

That's suprising, this is the last thing I would expect from activision. It still wouldn't make me play it though.

vampyre1985
vampyre1985

@Masenkoe. Spot on. I lost interest and uninstalled this one and went straight back to BC2.

k41m
k41m

This is really awesome. How can ANYBODY say anything bad about this? I was starting to doubt them but it looks like Treyarch knows how to treat PC gamers. After MW2 I pretty much gave up on CoD but this rocks.

wis3boi
wis3boi

sure, give the mod tools out after you throw around overpriced map packs, and when MW3 is knocking on the door. Activision aren't dumb, they know releasing mod tools at this point gives you barely enough time to put out any content worth playing before people buy the next game

josh7845
josh7845

@lsw3638 Thanks, appreciate it. :)

K-Grogg
K-Grogg

So down to try out my map-editing skills in a shooter, as I haven't done anything of the sort since UT2k4, which was a whiiiile ago. Good call on their part, if not a little late in the game. If they let us modify things like movement speed and other stuff it'd be very cool to see what kind of more tactical and realism based mods get made.

lsw3638
lsw3638

@josh7845 1. MP's fun as it's ever changing, not scripted at all. 2. can compete against others (mp thrill vs comfortable sp) 3. more intuitive and skill-requiring. 4. basically it's "active" sports with rules.

josh7845
josh7845

Now there should be quite a few COD fans here so I must ask, why does multiplayer appeal to you? Since you are a fan of Call of Duty you don't see the story as a particularly important part of a game, so why multiplayer? I'm thinking of writing a piece about multiplayer and it would interest me to know your opinions.

King-Julian
King-Julian

I've already forgotten about Black Ops so this doesnt make a difference or make me wanna start playing it again. Wait, whats Black Ops???

santinegrete
santinegrete

I thought this came day one along release date! Well, for starters, it should.

shimya
shimya

Doesn't add anything to my life as a gamer. By the time mods will come out this game would've been forgotten.

EllieStranger
EllieStranger

"I mean, this news is awesome and all, but really Treyarch? After half a year you decide to release something meant for day one?" Valve took forever to release the mod tools for Left 4 Dead as well. Yet you probably get hot and heavy over Valve, don't you?