Possibly taking the super-secret world of military special operations a little too far, Black Ops 2 developer Treayarch has revealed that it does not know who is handling development of Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified, the Vita addition to the Call of Duty series.
At E3 2011, it was first revealed that a title from the Call of Duty franchise would make its way to Sony’s newest handheld. Fast forward a year to Sony’s E3 2012 press conference, where we received confirmation that Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified is coming to the Vita, though other details about the game were absent. While we posted some information learned about Declassified through a retailer product listing, there has yet to be any official comment or details released about the title.
In fact, the closest the gaming community has gotten to having anything officially confirmed about Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified comes from Treyarch’s Director of Communication, John Rafacz. While speaking with VideoGamer, Mr. Rafacz was asked if he knew who was currently developing the handheld title. His response only added to the lack of concrete information surrounding the title.
“I don’t know. With regards to the Vita, all I can tell you is that it’s quite literally declassified.”
While Mr. Rafacz more than likely meant that that anything regarding the Vita game is literally “classified,” the fact that Treyarch appears to know as much as we do about Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified is alarming.
There has been a disturbing trend of handheld games sometimes being watered down versions of their console big brothers. Whether or not publisher Activision will continue this trend with a handheld title of Call of Duty’s pedigree is not known right now, but leaving the lead developer out of the loop on a off-shoot that ties in to what will be one of the biggest selling games of the Fall is a perplexing circumstance. Even though the team at Treyarch isn’t working on Declassified, they should have some input on the title since it is part of the world of Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Ranters, do you think Activision’s reluctance to reveal the developer of Declassified is a sign of doom and gloom for the title?
Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified is coming to the PlayStation Vita.