Call of Duty: Black Ops, officially announced recently, has some more details that have been revealed. They say that the game will have will have co-op mode for up to 4 players, much like World at War, and that one of the game’s weapons will be the scoped crossbow – something that isn’t featured in many FPS titles that I can recall, apart from the Half-Life series. And this crossbow is obviously meant for more silent take downs, but if you get into a firefight, you can swap out the normal bolts or quarrels for explosive ones, which sounds like something out of Thief. And these will likely make for some mass destruction as you aim for explosive barrels to take out a number of commies all at once.
USA Today also got a look at one of the missions from the game. It’s reportedly called “WMD” [likely short for Weapons of Mass Destruction], and takes place in the Ural Mountains in 1968, during the appropriately named Cold War. This is where the SR71 Blackbird part that everyone’s talking about takes place, as you play a spotter directing a squad on the ground, guiding them on how to approach and take out a bunch of commies. Then later on you get to control one of the soldiers. These Black Ops soldiers end up jumping off of a cliff, which no doubt sounds like something out of Lemmings… or Modern Warfare 2.
Much like Medal of Honor over at EA, American and Russian veterans are being consulted and contributing to Black Ops’ authenticity. Among these is Major John Plaster, formerly of the Studies and Observation Group in Vietnam, as well as Sonny Puzikas of the Soviet special forces.
"Our writers are focused on telling an epic story. You will see the evolution of some of these characters through time and the conflict. When you meet with these people you can't help but feel inspired about what they are telling you and it opens up new avenues of gameplay."
There’s speculation that we’ll be able to see more of Black Ops at E3 this year. No word on whether there will be a mode similar to Nacht Der Untoten where you get to shoot zombies and so on.
Call of Duty: Black Ops will be out later this year, on November 9, with a version also be coming to the Wii, in addition to the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.
Source: First impressions: 'Call of Duty: Black Ops’ [USA Today]