With 8 current titles, the Call of Duty franchise has grown exponentially from its roots. As of April this year, 40 Million active users spanning several platforms, were all logged onto the series. The total sales of all 8 games reached an extraordinary number of 100 Million copies in November, 2011.
Rarely feeling the need to innovate the series, COD has mainly been selling by copying the old MP system and pasting it into the newest title. This has been done for several games in the series. A few new weapons, a couple new game modes, different kill streak perks... This was mainly the only changes few can remember.
This does not mean the game is stale, however. COD found a niche in the gaming world and gained a very large following online. Millions flock to the newest title as if it were the next generation iPhone.The internet is scoured daily for leaks about the next COD. It seems players cannot get enough of the series, even if the last innovation was Modern Warfare. But then we come to Black Ops 2. Apparently Treyarch got tired of hearing the old quip about a copy/pasta game and decided to change that.
Set in 2025, Treyarch has stepped up the multiplayer setting. Mirroring the campaign, many new weapons and attachments will make their way into the hands of players. These attachments deal a bit more kick to the weapons. The millimeter scanner sends out a pulse wave that reveals enemies through walls and smoke cover. This is just one new fun addition.
COD points have also been replaced with a new ranking system. Each rank allows one new unlock. However, with over 100 unlocks and only 55 levels, players will need to prestige multiple times to get everything in the game.
A 6 team multiplayer mode also changes the old standard of squad v squad. Now it's squad v squad v squad v squad v squad (1, 2, 3, 4, 5..) v squad. Hard Point mode is a new adaptation of KoTH (King of the Hill you morons). You need to hold one area to add to your score. In multi-team, this is chaos at its finest.
Innovation has never been a driving factor in any COD game so far, but Black Ops 2 seems to be breaking that tradition. Will it bring a new fire into the series? Or will taking a chance cause a major flop? I guess players will find out in November.