Fans have often called for Call of Duty‘s Zombies mode to be its own game but now, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3‘s Jason Blundell explains why that won’t happen.
First introduced to the Call of Duty series with Treyarch’s Call of Duty: World at War, the series’ Zombies game mode has been massively popular. Having been featured in several games now, fans have often asked why the mode hasn’t been spun off into its own game. But as Jason Blundell, the director of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3‘s campaign and Zombies game modes, explains, they can’t spin off Zombies as players love switching between Call of Duty‘s game modes.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Blundell revealed that “sometimes you just want to run around and have that high engagement experience. And sometimes you want to kill the undead – sometimes you want to play Zombies”. He also says that having looked at the numbers, the development team sees that “[players] move between the different modes.” Moreover, he adds that they are “always about giving as much content, as much value for money, as we possibly can. That’s why we pack our disc with as many game modes as we have currently.”
But the inclusion of three modes isn’t the only thing that Treyarch is doing to cater to those who love moving from mode to mode, as Blundell also states that for the first time ever, Treyarch has made a ‘unified.exe’, “which means all three modes run from the same place”. As a result, when players team up to play Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, whether they’re taking on the co-op campaign, the game’s online multiplayer or the Zombies game mode, they can now move “seamlessly” between all three modes, meaning that there’s no waiting and no fiddly organization required.
On the one hand, fans will be disappointed as they see the potential in the Zombies game mode and wish that they could buy that mode and that mode only. Plus, with a 400-strong development team having worked on it and with the likes of Jeff Goldblum, Ron Perlman and other famous names being involved with Black Ops 3‘s Zombies mode, some fans want to see what they could do if it was a huge, full-priced title instead of a pillar to the core series.
Call of Duty publisher Activision may not see it that way, though, as making a separate Zombies game could end up fracturing the Call of Duty fanbase. The series’ sales are already in decline and the company will not want to do anything to rock the boat any further.
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