Treyarch director of technology Cesar Stastny recently confirmed Ranked dedicated servers for Black Ops II in a tweet. This is good news for PC Gamers as Modern Warfare 3 currently only offers unranked servers. Call of Duty Black Ops does have dedicated ranked servers but gameservers.com holds the exclusive rights. There was no mention if the same deal will be in place with Black Ops II but we reached out to Mr. Stastny for comment and will update if we hear back.
- New Create a Class where you can customize your classes far beyond what you ever could.
- They have a specific PC Developer team for the PC so it wont just be another port from console.
- Extra focus on building the game from the start to be better at catching hackers.
- Black Op’s has significant graphics upgrades for PC.
- Lean and field-of-view is back for PC gamers.
There was a point, shortly after the launch of Black Ops where we attended a professional gaming match and it was a pretty pivotal moment. Here we were in an audience of several hundred people, watching Call of Duty being played on an enormous screen and rooting for pro players as they went head-to-head. It was intense and exciting and made us think , “Why shouldn’t this excitement be packed into the game?” So that’s just what we did with Black Ops 2.
From Day 1, a competitive eSports agenda was core to our approach to Black Ops 2. We designed a number of new features that promoted the ability to bring personalities into the game, allow players to broadcast their skills and show them to the world. This is where we introduce League Play and an exciting new toolset of integrated casting capabilities, taking the competitive spirit of Call of Duty and elevating it to a spectator sport.
Competition is fun at any level, which is why Treyarch has introduced Leagues, offering skill-based matchmaking and seasonal ladders. Play a small number of matches to get your skill rating, and from there, you’ll be placed into a division with players of similar skill. Keep winning and you’ll move up in rank – steady progress will move you up the ladder and into upper divisions. Skill-based matchmaking ensures that you are challenged but not out-gunned. League play is for everyone and they are a seamless gameplay experience. Simply join in like any other playlist to start building up your skill rating. Whether alone or formed up as a team, the system can instantly pair players up with others of equal skill.
CODcasting is another feature that we’re introducing in Black Ops 2, allowing players to commentate over live and recorded gameplay. Players can take on the role of color commentator for any game, providing play-by-play coverage of the action on-screen. There are a variety of specific features built into the game’s CODcast menu to allow casting like never before. Features like picture-in-picture, map view, the score panel, name plate and “listen-in” all combine to create a powerful spectator sport experience.
We’re also proud to announce ongoing development of an amazing new live streaming feature that will help make competitive gaming not only fun to play, but also fun to watch. We’re also working to enable a streaming toolset that will allow players to stream their gameplay (and themselves) from inside the game itself. We’re still in development here so, requirements, rules, availability and launch timing of this new feature have yet to be announced, but rest assured, we’re eager to share more as soon as possible.
A focus of the developers from the very start, Black Ops 2 is set to push the boundaries on eSports. Leagues allow players of all skill levels to experience the thrills of competitive play. CODcasting brings advanced production tools to the table. And Live Streaming shares all of these experiences live and online. Who knows, maybe you’ll CODcast a match with me when we jump online on November 13? So, keep an eye out for “Vahn. “