In the Fallout series, Ron Perlman famously said “War. War never changes.” If only he had heard about the latest details on the upcoming FPS Call of Duty: Black Ops, he may have reconsidered his statement. Developer Treyarch, is looking to keep the Call of Duty franchise fresh by adding new mechanics into the mix, most notably – vehicles.

The new info comes straight from the pages of PC Zone & Official Xbox Magazine, the latter of whom describe the next instalment of Activison‘s behemoth franchise as “unbelievably gorgeous”. Saying that it touts improved smoke and fire effects, increased draw distance, more convincing character animation and “incredible” lighting.

The new details are as follows:

  • As initial reports suggested, Black Ops takes place during the Cold War.
  • Players assume the role of a member of the Studies and Operations Group (SOG), a secret CIA funded group whose methods are somewhat unconventional and actions deniable.
  • Treyarch is looking to inject some much needed variety into the CoD series by setting the action across a number of different locations. Some of those revealed were Vietnam, the frosty Russian Mountains, the London underground.
  • One mission sees the player rappelling out of a helicopter into Hue City to verify that the Russians are setting up shady backroom deals, while another entitled ‘WMD’ takes place in the Ural Mountains and see you repelling down the side of a ridge.
  • Another mission opens with your helicopter crashing into the Huong River, from there you have to dive and swim through the murky waters, using only your knife as a weapon.
  • New weapons include an M202 rocket launcher, an incendiary shotgun and a crossbow. The latter of which can be used for stealth kills but it also can fire explosive tipped arrow for those situations where you need a little bang for your buck.
  • Player controlled vehicles are confirmed, one of which is the SR-71 Blackbird. In one mission you use it to guide troops on the ground past guard patrols. Helicopter-on-helicopter gun fights were seen.
  • As far as multiplayer goes Treyarch is keeping quiet, although they have mentioned that vehicles will be returning albeit “not the way you remember them”.
  • The game will feature a co-op mode with increased character customisation.

While I’m not the biggest fan of the Call of Duty franchise, I really thought Treyarch upped their game with their last effort, the WWII based World At War. What with all the scandal surrounding the series of late it will be interesting to see what Black Ops has in store when it’s drops in November – Viet Cong Zombies, anybody?

Has Black Ops got your attention? What do you think Treyarch can bring to the table this time around?

Call of Duty: Black Ops will be exploding into stores on the 9th November for Xbox 360, PS3, PC & Wii.

Source: CVG