Behind developer lines
Treyarch has pulled back the curtain on some of its Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 experiences, including working with Hollywood writers and big name musicians. Predictably, there's high praise a-plenty. Screenwriter David S. Goyer, who worked on Batman Begins and Blade, is involved in writing Black Ops 2's story. Goyer describes...
Mega-publisher Activision may simply be keeping its options open by snatching the website domain for Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2, but we think it's pretty safe to assume that the powerhouse is eyeing a sequel to Treyarch's 2010 cold-war adventure
Activision had previously registered domains through to BlackOps6.com, but had come unstuck with the Black Ops 2 domain until now. Originally registered..
A game designer on Call Of Duty: Black Ops has admitted to "f***ing up" with regards to the game's Second Chance perk
Teyarch's David Vonderhaar Tweeted earlier today, "See that gun to my head in my pic? That's how I feel about Second Chance. We meant well. I f***ed up." The Second Chance perk allows players to absorb fatal damage and then use a pistol for ten seconds before dying, with a..
Just to point out how successful the Call Of Duty franchise is, Activision publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg has revealed that previous release, Call Of Duty: Black Ops, has pushed out 20 million map packs to date
That's 20 million. "For the first nine months of the year, Black Ops has remained the number one title in the U.S. and Europe, generating more revenue than any new major console..
Activision has confirmed that there will be a new Call Of Duty released next year
Ready the indifference folks, you've got another 12 months to pretend you're not interested in the blockbuster series. Admittedly we can appreciate some of the cynicism. It does feel like Call Of Duty's in need of an overhaul — but it's hard to argue that the series is still brilliant at what it does. The..
Just a quick heads-up, Activision's confirmed the release of Call Of Duty: Black Ops' Rezurrection DLC pack on PlayStation 3
You can grab it from the PlayStation Store right now. The DLC includes four re-mastered Call Of Duty: World At War maps, in addition to one brand new encounter set on the Moon. (Really.) Activision's celebrating with Double XP...
Activision's just tipped us off that it's started sending invites for the Call Of Duty Elite beta on PlayStation 3
The beta will be rolled out in stages, so don't worry if you're not part of the initial phase today as there's still plenty of time for you to get your hands on the premium service. The beta works in Call Of Duty: Black Ops, and is designed to test out various functionality in Call Of..
Those of a nervous disposition may want to look away now: Activision has announced that it has sold more than 18 million map packs for its uber-popular first-person shooter, Call Of Duty: Black Ops, in just nine months
The game itself has sold a whopping 23 million units to date. Gaffer Eric Hirshberg revealed the figure during an investor event in...
"Orientation Evaluation" is the mysterious new 30-second teaser posted on the official Call of Duty youtube page
Featuring only a short logo flash and a length shot of a zombie being placed through some...questionable training. While this is most likely a new teaser for the recently-released Black Ops Rezurrection map pack, specifically the map "Moon", it makes for interesting viewing..
As if the alternating Infinity Ward/Treyarch Call of Duty schedule wasn't enough of an indicator to predict another entry in the Call of Duty series, Treyarch's job listings seek to assure you. As indicated on Treyarch's site, the developer is looking for a lead multiplayer designer and a designer/scripter, noting that individuals who want the role is required to have an..
If a guaranteed copy of Modern Warfare 3 wasn't enough to draw you into Call of Duty XP, Activision hopes the presence of Kanye West will add just a bit more anticipation for the upcoming Call of Duty fan festival
Kanye West, advertised as being in his first public outing since the launch of his most recent album, will provide entertainment on the conclusion of the two day festival in Los..
Does anyone else find it a little baffling how pivotal zombies have become to the Call Of Duty experience? The latest Call Of Duty: Black Ops DLC pack, Rezurrection, introduces five new zombie co-op stages, setting one on the moon
The moon. Let that sink in, and then watch the DLC's bonkers trailer embedded after the jump. It'll all make sense. One day. Maybe?
Activision's released some new footage of Call Of Duty: Black Ops' 'Rezurrection' map pack, featuring four maps from the game's limited edition in addition to a new moon-based level
That's right folks, we're heading to the moon. Check out the footage after the jump.
British retailer GAME has announced on Twitter that Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will get its UK debut at GAMEFest in Birmingham next month
Public attendees at the show will be given the opportunity to go hands-on with Infinity Ward's latest September 16th through September 18th. Modern Warfare 3 itself is out November 8th.
Every block-buster shooter needs a horde mode these days, and Infinity Ward is keen to deliver with Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's co-operative "Survival" mode
The multiplayer mode challenges you to team up with a few buddies and kill as many foes as you possibly can for virtual cash. Check out the footage above for a better idea. It might not be the most original idea in the world, but it still..
Activision's got another Call Of Duty: Black Ops map-pack in the works
The latest release — Rezurrection — will release in September on PS3 and will feature five new zombie stages. Four of the maps are remakes from World At War, included with the Hardened edition of Black Ops. The fifth map though, takes players to the moon. Yup. The DLC's also set to include a theme and soundtrack, featuring..
Heads-up Call Of Duty: Black Ops fans, the 'Annihilation' map-pack is now available on the PlayStation 3 via the PlayStation Store
The map pack includes four new locations as well as a fresh zombie arena.
With each iteration of Call Of Duty, the console market grows
There are no shortage of people picking up PlayStation 3s and XBOX 360s, and so it's no surprise to see the Call Of Duty fanbase grow with each release. According to UK retailer GAME, this year's Modern Warfare 3 is set to break the myriad records set by last year's Call Of Duty: Black Ops. "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 pre-orders..
Activision's slapped a big fat July 28th release date on the third Call Of Duty: Black Ops expansion pack for PS3
Like all Call Of Duty packs, Annihilation includes four new maps and a brand new zombie arena. There's more information on the PlayStation Blog.
According to VG247, the rumoured Call Of Duty: Black Ops limited edition is legitimate, and will include a free download voucher for the game's First Strike DLC pack
GameStop outed the limited edition yesterday.
If you're one of the remaining ten people that doesn't yet own a copy of Call Of Duty: Black Ops -- you're in luck
According to GameStop, a new bundle will be made available next week including the game and some DLC. No word on exactly what DLC will be included, but we're assuming it will be the first two packs currently available on the PlayStation Store. Activision's yet to officially confirm the..
Activision's officially announced a third DLC pack for Treyarch's Call Of Duty: Black Ops this afternoon
The pack, entitled "Annihilation", will launch first on XBOX 360 at the end of the month, and then later on PlayStation 3. It includes four new maps and a new co-operative zombie stage. One of the maps is a golf course, which is pretty awesome. Check out the trailer after the jump.
Not had enough Call Of Duty: Black Ops yet? This supposed leaked leaflet from GameStop has your back, supposedly revealing a third DLC pack for Activision's blockbuster first-person shooter
Despite being a blurry image, the leaflet seems to reveal a number of new maps including: Hangar 18, Hazard, Drive-In, Silo, and a new co-operative zombies mission. Take this with a pinch of salt as it could be..
Calling all, erm, Call Of Duty: Black Ops players: Activision's just let us know that the "Escalation" DLC pack is now available from the PlayStation Store
The DLC boasts several new maps in addition to that special grindhouse co-op mode featuring performances from Sarah Michelle-Gellar and Danny Trejo. It will set you back $14.99. Go-go-go,...
Now the dust has settled on Activision's Call Of Duty: Elite premium service, the publisher has posted a FAQ on its official website claiming that the new venture will be "the best free service on the market"
The firm added that "even haters can play for free". Cheeky Activision. Call Of Duty: Elite was announced last week amidst much fanfare. The Beachhead developed service will be..
Activision's confirmed that Call Of Duty: Black Ops' "Escalation" DLC pack will launch on the PlayStation Network on June 10th
Escalation includes four new competitive multiplayer maps alongside the much lofted "Call Of The Dead" zombie stage. The grindhouse-inspired co-operative level includes performances from Sarah Michelle Gellar,...
While the rest of the Internet hits back at Activision's not-so-intriguing Call Of Duty: Elite subscription model, Sony's Rob Dyer has told the Wall Street Journal that he's "very confident" other developers will follow in Activision's footsteps
"There's money to be made there," he said, clarifying that very few franchise's could justify...
News flash: Activision likes to make money
Call Of Duty: Elite is just another prong in Activision's automatic cash generation scheme. The long rumoured subscription service aims to bring social networking features to the world's most popular game. Problem is, it just doesn't look worth it yet. Officially announced this afternoon, Call Of Duty: Elite will be compatible with all COD titles post..
As previously rumoured, Sony has confirmed a limited edition Call Of Duty: Black Ops PlayStation 3 bundle for North America
The bundle — which costs $299.99 — includes a 160GB system, a copy of Call Of Duty: Black Ops and a download voucher for the First Strike content pack, which adds a bunch of multiplayer maps to the game. The bundle's due out on May 31st.
The PlayStation Network is back, and everything's slowly starting to get back to normal after the service was offline for just over three weeks
In order to welcome players back to the service, Treyarch is planning a double XP weekend for Call Of Duty: Black Ops on PlayStation 3. From tomorrow 18:00 (UK time) right through to Tuesday 18:00, players engaging in some multiplayer Call Of Duty: Black..
Treyarch's been keeping Call Of The Dead -- an additional zombie co-op map to be included with Call Of Duty: Black Ops' second DLC pack, Escalation -- pretty quiet
And this grindhouse inspired trailer reveals exactly why. You'll get a chance to play as a quarter of a zombie killing dream-team, with Danny Trejo, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robert Englund...
Activision's released a video walkthrough of the second DLC pack for Call Of Duty: Black Ops
The map-pack, entitled "Escalation", is due out on XBOX 360 next month. Unfortunately, PlayStation 3 owners will have to wait until later in the summer to get their hands on the additional content due to a contractual agreement with Microsoft. At least there's video footage to tide you over though..
Activision has responded to retailer rumours, confirming that the next Call Of Duty: Black Ops map pack will be called "Escalation"
The DLC will boast five new maps: Convoy, Zoo, Stockpile, Hotel and a new co-op zombies stage. It'll launch on May 3rd for XBOX 360, but PlayStation 3 owners will have to wait until around June to get their hands on the new maps. That's due to an exclusive contract..
Call Of Duty: Black Ops is set to get another slice of DLC later in the year, a retail mess-up has revealed
The news was leaked by an Australian branch of GAME, revealing five new maps: a zoo, a hotel, a convoy, a stockpile, and a new locale for the bemusingly popular zombies mode. No price was listed. The reveal noted a May release date, but seeing...
Call Of Duty: Black Ops might be the US' best selling game of all time according to units, but it is not the highest grossing one
That accolade belongs to another Activision title — Guitar Hero 3. According to NPD data (going back as far as 1995), the mainstream plastic instrument title is the highest-grossing game of "this generation". Of course, Black Ops is in second. In fact, say..
To celebrate the release of Call Of Duty: Black Ops' First Strike DLC on PlayStation 3, Activision's announced its doubling up the game's XP rewards for the duration of the weekend
The update's in effect right now, and will run right through until 8AM PST/11AM EST on Monday, March 7th.
Activision has claimed that Call Of Duty: Black Ops is the highest selling PlayStation 3 title of all time, citing NPD, Chart-Track and GfK as sales source indications
While the publisher was keen to point out its achievement, no hard figures were actually given. Assuming the publisher's correct, Black Ops will have outsold Gran Turismo 5 (6.37 million copies) to take the top spot. The numbers..
We're noticing a pattern
This President's Weekend must be a big deal. (Perhaps?) Not only is Uncharted 2 on board, but now Call Of Duty: Black Ops is deciding to celebrate too. Activision's decided to unlock two of Black Ops' hidden Easter Eggs for the weekend, including the Dead Ops Arcade game and the Presidential zombie fight unlocked at the end of the campaign. Of course, tuned in players will..
You didn't think Activision were going to quit flogging the Call Of Duty brand now that they've killed Guitar Hero did you? Absolutely not
As the publisher pointed out at a financial meeting last night, "about as many people have played Call Of Duty: Black Ops as there are members of Netflix". Naturally Activision wants to "sustain...
Call Of Duty: Black Ops fans will pleased to know that Microsoft's timed-exclusive window for the game's "First Strike" DLC isn't particularly long
Activision's announced that the first set of maps will hit the PlayStation 3 on March 3rd. While we're sure the exclusivity period is a good marketing point for Microsoft, it seems crazy short in the scale of things.
Celebrating the release of timed exclusive XBOX 360 Call Of Duty: Black Ops map pack, Treyarch's decided to double up the XP on all versions of the game from February 4th - February 6th
Call Of Duty: Black Ops' First Strike DLC might be a timed exclusive on the XBOX 360, but it'll find its way onto the PlayStation 3 before long
Until that day, Activision's dropped us a new trailer, showing off the game's new multiplayer and zombie maps. Looks like Call Of Duty. If that excites you, hit the jump.
We told you it was an absolute load of hog-wash
Treyarch's community manager, Josh Olin, has hit the Twitter airwaves to confirm the studio are committed to Call Of Duty: Black Ops on PlayStation 3. Olin wrote: "<span>PS3 servers comments were taken out of context. Treyarch's committed to supporting the PS3 community with some great updates on the way."</span>..
We woke up this morning to see a bunch of websites reporting that Activision were about to "pull the plug on the PS3 Call Of Duty: Black Ops servers
" We don't know how the story gathered steam, but we'd just like to reassure everyone that it's not going to happen. While Activision reserve the right to pull the servers on any multiplayer game, Call Of Duty: Black Ops is still a relatively new..
Microsoft might have spent a number of pennies securing exclusive DLC for Call Of Duty: Black Ops, but it's not going to stop us posting the package's first trailer
The DLC, called First Strike, features four new multiplayer maps and an additional zombie mode. Of the maps, Stadium and Kowloon look the most interesting from a visual perspective. There's no date on the PlayStation 3 launch yet, but..
We nearly called it and then we were like, nah, too crazy. Who'd have thought Call Of Duty: Black Ops would become the UK's best selling game of 2010? Our money was on the Nintendo Wii's Just Dance. We were close. That came in second. But blimey. Black Ops — crazy that. Gran Turismo 5 fared pretty well, coming third on the PlayStation 3 chart, while Red Dead Redemption and FIFA 11..
We're not really sure why people blame Activision for making money
They have the hottest property in video games right now, and while we share concerns about them taking something actually quite good and driving it into the ground, we absolutely don't blame them for wanting to make some money. Which is why, despite frequent denials, some kind of monetary Call Of Duty subscription service seems..
In many ways, the Call Of Duty franchise is an XBOX 360 exclusive
It's a "modern" exclusive if you like. Back in the day, exclusivity meant "absolutely not coming out on any other platforms". That kind of exclusive still exists in some cases, but the numbers are diminishing. That's especially accurate when it comes to third parties, where exclusivity tends to mean "a bit of..
Last week's leader, Gran Turismo 5, is back down to the number four slot this week in the UK weekly sales charts
Call Of Duty: Black Ops reclaimed its place at the top of the charts, with FIFA 11 and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood all sitting above Sony's racer. Ubisoft's Nintendo Wii dance games claimed two of the top ten spots, with a bunch of other Wii titles joining Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit..
Remember Infinity Ward? The guys that brought you Call Of Duty? Yeah, we'd almost forgotten too, particularly after all the hoopla that went on earlier in the year
According to Vivendi — which has a controlling interest in Activision Blizzard — the studio is still very much around, albeit in "reconstructed" form. The Treyarch studio, which made this years game, has done better..