No Zombies mode in Black Ops Declassified

Upcoming Call of Duty for PlayStation Vita will not include fan-favorite mode because multiplayer took priority, Activision says; game due November 13.

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Next month's PlayStation Vita game Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified will not have a Zombies mode. The news comes by way of Activision community manager Dan Amrich, who explained on his One of Swords blog that standard multiplayer took priority during development.

Black Ops Declassified will be free and clear of zombies.

"That’s the core experience, and that simply needs to come first," Amrich wrote. "There’s always a list of things you want to do and things you need to do, and at the end of the day, realistic goals are the ones that people actually attain."

Though there will not be a Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified, the game does host a similar "Hostiles" mode. This gametype challenges players with defeating waves of enemies, but they are living, not foaming at the mouth and undead.

Black Ops Declassified is the first Black Ops game to not feature a Zombies mode. After being introduced in Treyarch's 2008 shooter Call of Duty: World at War, the gametype returned in 2010's Black Ops, was spun into its own iOS game, Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies, and will be featured in next month's Black Ops II.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified is currently in development at Nihilistic Software (Resistance: Burning Skies), and is due out on November 13, according to a tweet from the studio. The game will also be available in a PS Vita hardware bundle at launch.

Discussion

111 comments
Lil2146
Lil2146

No zombies... weak. That is honestly one of the reasons i play Call of Duty by Treyarch. Hearing that there was a new developer gave me some hope of a better multiplayer, but then i new there wouldn't be any zombies. Zombies is a Treyarch thing. I think it would be cool if the next Call of Duty has Zombies and Survival.

shadow580
shadow580

I think this is a quick cash in. Why else would they not have a budget big enough to allow for zombie mode?

4-Legged-Shark
4-Legged-Shark

Wow. Well I already knew it would suck because Nihlistic is developing so it looks like a bad re-skin of Resistance: Burning Skies.

 

I am not a fan of the recent Call of Duty games, but this is a bit of a slap in the face to the people who are. 

 

Too bad it seems Sony couldn't get real support from Activsion and Treyarch. This could have been a real system seller. Maybe there will be a few unknowing 11-year-olds who will put this game and a Vita on their Christmas list...... and despite the verbal abuse I have taken from those 11-year-olds.... I almost feel sorry for them now.

mrwallydrag
mrwallydrag

stills looks like an awful game, resistance was very disappointing not much hope for this one.

nonfanboygamer1
nonfanboygamer1

I can understand being that this is only the second FPS multiplayer for the vita

white_wind
white_wind

at least Killzone looks better

 

adkcrazox
adkcrazox

50 dollars for 4 vs 4 online and no zombies plus the game going to be short and they want 50 dollars that's crazy

InquisitorCrox
InquisitorCrox

Zombies would have made it too comparable to dead trigger and they dont want that.

I bet the textures, animations and heck even core gameplay will be better in dead trigger.

Now they can say, that they may have done a sloppy job with the graphics, but at least the gameplay is better or at least more complex, than dead trigger...

SANDMAN201
SANDMAN201

When I saw the trailer I knew it was crap, now it's like their convincing me not to buy it with every statement they make.

SaudiFury
SaudiFury

i was instantly turned off once i found out who was the developer. so it doesn't matter what else is not going to be in it.

Rat_King
Rat_King

What's funny is that if they DID add it on, it would have been lazily and rushed, and so then everyone would complain about them tacking on a watered down old news feature. 

 

They knew they'd lose either way, so they figured they'd save a few bucks. I don't know why they would even commit to Vita in the first place.

chadwick1343
chadwick1343

Why are people freaking out? It clearly says there will be a co op mode just not with zombies.

megakick
megakick

Why bother dumping more money into a sinking ship, Activision would rather spend money else well.

The-Techspert
The-Techspert

Oh shit, I totally forgot about Call of Duty: The Next One, coming out in holiday season 201X!

theKSMM
theKSMM

I wouldn't mind the missing zombies if the multiplayer were cross-platform compatible with the PS3.

squall_83
squall_83

C'mon Activision. You don't have to lie. You can be honest and tell us that you weren't comfortable spending money on this bastardized version of the game. It's OK. We all know that's the case anyway.

Omega_Zero69
Omega_Zero69

The only reason I was gonna buy this game was because I thought it was gonna have a zombies mode

i am so dissapoint

WheelerJared
WheelerJared

WHAT... Zombies s the perfect mode for a portable system. I was hoping they would just release zombies for the vita without the other bullshit. I guess I won't be getting this one after all.

Cillah187
Cillah187

Zombies mode is boring anyway.. Honestly. If you want zombies, go and play Resident Evil. I still don't get why zombies are even in Call of Duty.

Swanogt19
Swanogt19

Either COD on the Vita wouldn't be too exciting. 

Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

How much development can it possibly take to rehash their multiplayer formula?  Are you really trying to tell me they didn't have the production prowess to add zombies?  

 

Pathetic.

Axe_Armor
Axe_Armor

"...because multiplayer took priority"

 

COD in a nutshell. 

maybock3000
maybock3000

Ohhh..... take that Sony.... Ouch..... That's what you get for that terrible OS...... Ohhhh, ouuuuch.....

DevaGolgotha
DevaGolgotha

Want to play a shitty shooter with zombies in it?  Just play a recent Resident Evil game and the zombie part won't even be an optional mode XD.

DarkPyroZero
DarkPyroZero

well i wasn't going to buy it anyways since its being worked on by Nihilistic, but this is definitely the reason why everyone wont be getting it, 6 months past launch and you will be seeing it in the bargain bin for $20

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

I lost all hope for this game as soon as I heard Nihilistic was developing it. Now it seems like their half assing it out of laziness. The Vita is quite a powerful system, but by limiting the number of online players, making online maps small and cramped, and eliminating zombies, it just shows you aren't trying. If LittleBigPlanet Vita could mimic the console versions perfectly, then why can't Black Ops: Declassified?

 

Might as well skip this and wait for ACIII: Liberation and Killzone Mercenary.

44montana97
44montana97

ehh...., i kinda want some sort of fps for my vita, so when the price gos down, or this black friday, i might consider it, but id rather have some sort of sci-fi shooter like borderlands or something else, there was resistance, but that game wasnt really that great

 

demixx
demixx

Sony made mistake putting their team on black ops declassified instead of making borderlands 2 for vita. I'm sick and tired of this shooter with same graphics lame story every freakin year be creative ffs. Vita needs new god of war new infamous even gran turismo LBP2 vita. And if Vita can run ps3 games why not put ps2 games on it? Why xbox and ps3 gets dbz collection and not vita? SUPPORT YOUR SHIT SONY noone else will do it for you 

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

with the wiiU gamepad being superior to the vita and now the lack of zombies, the black ops version of vita is being sent out to die.

InquisitorCrox
InquisitorCrox

 @squall_83 

True, i was hoping they would reverse the Resistance situation and save VITA, but unfortunately, this is just another mean to milk money, rather than invest on Vita capabilities.

They should have tried a PS2 version as well, it could probably sell more...

echols85
echols85

 @Cillah187 Obviously you haven't dove into black ops zombies very well.  Especially if you're suggesting folks to play RE instead.  Are you kidding me?  

Caboose_1989
Caboose_1989

 @Cillah187 Well I dont know why it was in Black ops but it was in world at war because it is believed that the nazis experimented with reanimating the dead.

xan114
xan114

 @Evanrocknuma not defending call of duty but you obviously have no idea about the complexities of software development. "rehashing" their multiplayer formula slightly would not get you zombies. it would require making several additional maps, creating various models for the zombies and other creatures, coding the actual gametype to integrate co-operative play, and much more. 

Daian
Daian

@KBFloYd lolwut? You do realize it's just a gamepad with a touchscreen on it, it has no processing power of its own, everything is done by the console, you can't take it with you out and play it on the go.

Cillah187
Cillah187

@echols85 The good Resident Evil. The original Playstation Resident Evil. Not the new crap. And no I'm not kidding you. I didn't even know you existed until now.

Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

 @xan114 Oh, nonono.  Not what I was getting at, sweetcheeks.  The article mentions that they ditched the zombies to focus on the multiplayer experience.  That is where the rehashing comes in to play, because they already have their multi-player formula down stat.  Cute that you misinterpreted that to mean I thought zombies would magically encode themselves though;)

SolidTy
SolidTy

 @Daian  @KBFloYd KBFloyd the uber nintendo troll pwned hard again. Poor Nintentroll. :(