Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Gamescom 2012: Call of Duty: Black Ops II Interview - John Rafacz on Multiplayer, CoD Fatigue and Beyond
Written Thursday, August 30, 2012 By Richard Walker
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Just in case you didn't know, Treyarch is back with its latest go at the Call of Duty franchise in a couple of months and its first direct CoD sequel in the shape of Black Ops II. Taking the series into the future for the first time, Black Ops II heads to 2025, bringing with it an array of funky technology and gadgets.

But how do you keep such a long-running franchise - that's arguably the victim of its own success - fresh and relevant in this day and age? We took some time out with Treyarch's Communications Director, John Rafacz to address the issue of Call of Duty fatigue and increasing cynicism towards the behemoth FPS series, multiplayer, zombies and more.

Check out our interview with Rafacz below. We had a few issues with the audio unfortunately, so you might want to crank the volume up a bit. Call of Duty: Black Ops II is out in November. For more, check out our hands-on multiplayer preview.


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Comment #1 by SweGabe
Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 03:48:14 PM
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"Fresh" may not be the right word to describe CoD games these years...

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Comment #2 by Cromag2
Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 05:04:08 PM
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COD4:Modern Warfare was the last fresh one SweGabe, I'm sure thats what he meant...

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Comment #3 by MTURNER1985
Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 07:53:52 PM
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Does anyone know if Sticks n' Stones has been confirmed yet?

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Comment #5 by Yoda91192
Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 10:01:21 PM
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"future for the first time" Lol wasn't Mw3 based in like 2018? That not future enough for ya?

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Comment #6 by Psikorps
Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 10:26:42 PM
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I can see it now...

Call of Duty: Future Warfare - Nov 12, 2013.

Pewpew Laser Guns, preorder now and get Nuketown 2026 bonus map, plus 24 hours of double xp for all plasma weapons!

Gamestop Exclusive - Preorder now and get eary access to the Wormhole Grenade, because just blowing someone up isnt fun anymore, you need to IMPLODE them, reverse gibbing is so much better!

Whats sad, I would prob get it.

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Comment #7 by Banacheckfps
Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 11:44:42 PM
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At least Treyarch is trying to bring change to COD, if they changed it too much people would only moan it's not COD.

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Game Info


US November 13, 2012
Europe November 13, 2012
Japan November 22, 2012

Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Sound: Dolby Digital
Players: 1-4
Online Players : 2-16
ESRB: Mature
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