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Little-Known Facts: Call of Duty: Black Ops Multiplayer

Josh Olin's Avatar + Posted by Josh Olin on Oct 27, 2010 // Community Manager, Treyarch

Hello! I’m Josh Olin (aka JD_2020), and thank you for the opportunity to highlight some of the features that Call of Duty: Black Ops will deliver to PS3 fans when it launches on November 9th. A number of these features are ones that I think the community has been wanting for a long time, which is why we’ve worked really hard to deliver. So let’s get started!

Call of Duty: Black Ops for PS3

Multiplayer Online Split-Screen Support

Let’s get started with what I believe is the most unknown, yet confirmed, aspect to Call of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer – the online split-screen support we’ve re-introduced to the franchise!

The Facts:

  • You can connect a second controller and bring a guest online (i.e. “JD_2020” & “JD_2020(1)”).
  • Guests can rank up, earn unlocks, etc – all guest progress goes away once signed out.

Custom Games Editor

Allow me to introduce the Black Ops Custom Games Editor! Private matches have never been this customizable. Players will have the ability to structure their games at all new levels of granularity. From variables as simple as Time Limit and Score Limit, or as deep as which weapons, Perks, and gear are available. You want a Pistols Only match? Make one! No longer do custom game modes rely on the “honor system.”

Furthermore, any Custom Game you create and configure can be placed in your File Share, for friends and the community to browse, download, and enjoy. You just might create the most addictive new game mode of all time from the comfort of your own living room!

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In-Game Friends List

We’ve integrated a built-in Friends List into the in game user interface. You’ll be able to browse Recent Players, Friends, navigate their File Shares, Recent Games, Combat Records – all within this in-game menu system designed to streamline the social process within the game. Sending game invites and joining Friends’ games has never been simpler than in Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Regional Matchmaking & Party Privacy

Call of Duty: Black Ops will support regional matchmaking filters on a global scale. So, no matter where you’re at in the world, you will have the ability to specify whether you want to match with players from other geographical regions, or only those local to you. This will make communication and lag a much less intrusive variable on your gameplay experience.

Additionally, given Black Ops will support joining games in progress via an even simpler built-in in-game Friends List interface, we’ll allow a Party leader to lock down his lobby to Invite Only, Friends Only, or even Close it altogether if he wants to be in complete control over who enters and exits the Party Lobby.

Call of Duty: Black Ops for PS3

Emblems Do NOT Reset with Prestige

This one is pretty cut-and-dried. A frequently asked question is, “Will my kickass emblem I spent hours perfecting be lost when I prestige?” The answer is “NO!” Emblems are one of the only aspects of Black Ops MP that do not get a full reset upon entering Prestige. Things that will reset when you Prestige are: XP, COD Points, Challenge progressions, Loadouts, and so forth.

So that’s just a few of the lesser-known components to Call of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer, confirmed for the first time here on the official PlayStation.Blog! For more information regarding Black Ops, and all the new features included in multiplayer, head over to our official YouTube channel and watch all the different trailers we have highlighted from the game. Additionally, you can follow me on Twitter (@JD_2020) for more news and updates.

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+ Mobius_124 on October 27th, 2010 at 1:43 pm said:

sounds good, I like what you guys are doing so far.

Is it possible in a future patch bring in Custom XMB Soundtracks? that will complete me.


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+ Devine-Comedy on October 27th, 2010 at 1:43 pm said:

So does this mean we’re getting a System update before the 9th? As far as I know, we can’t use 2 PSN id’s at the same time yet.


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+ Rob–M– on October 27th, 2010 at 1:45 pm said:

THANKS TREYARCH!! love the inclusion of Online splitscreen!!!!!! Now i can play properly if i have friends round or with family.


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+ rbanke on October 27th, 2010 at 1:47 pm said:

@Devine-Comedy, you’ve been able to log in with multiple PSN id’s for quite a while. Resistance 2 patched in this ability soon after it was released (which was 2 years ago).


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+ Arcadian_Rebel on October 27th, 2010 at 1:48 pm said:

Sounds great! So far the feature I like the most is the two-player online split screen with two separate PSN accounts!


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+ HJayZ91 on October 27th, 2010 at 1:51 pm said:

Will the Trophies be fixed this time around? in WaW, u get a Silver for beating a mission and a Bronze for beating them on veteran, that just breaks the whole system!!! i don’t see on 360, u get 10 points for beating it on veteran and 50 poimts for beating it on any difficulty. please reply, thanks


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+ B1gg_Randall on October 27th, 2010 at 1:56 pm said:

Thanks JD_2020..I was done with COD but after seening all your tweets,reading bout all the changes,and the videos I know this game will be in my PS3 a long time…I loved WaW way better than MW1 really..I love the coop and the zombie mode…I cant wait..Thanks Treyarch and thanks you


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+ ICEIAN618 on October 27th, 2010 at 1:59 pm said:

Thanks josh for the info.. sony were is party chat and cross game chat for ps3. Im gonna harras u guys til u deliver it..


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+ Helghastly187 on October 27th, 2010 at 2:00 pm said:

This game is going to be the best CoD of them all, easily. Suck it Infinity Ward, this is how CoD should be done!


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+ KingLazy93 on October 27th, 2010 at 2:00 pm said:

Sweet online Split-screen!!


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+ ash-man-2k9 on October 27th, 2010 at 2:01 pm said:

the online split screen will just make people boost even more


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+ XxDeathDoctorxX on October 27th, 2010 at 2:01 pm said:

will it support in game music and also can we get a video of the ps3 version of it showin the features off


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+ Johnm535 on October 27th, 2010 at 2:02 pm said:

wow


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+ Johnm535 on October 27th, 2010 at 2:03 pm said:

what about cross game chat?


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+ NEJI64 on October 27th, 2010 at 2:03 pm said:

“HOLY S” I can’t believe CoD being talk about on the PS blog.


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+ Goshawk88 on October 27th, 2010 at 2:03 pm said:

How is the 2 PSN account thing going to work? What if someone cant afford the Prestiege or Hardend packages to get the bonus zombie maps? How will someone get the extra maps from Call of Duty: World at War?


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+ Johnm535 on October 27th, 2010 at 2:04 pm said:

can some one give us that please?


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+ letspoon05 on October 27th, 2010 at 2:04 pm said:

I think I just jizzed myself…But one thing, ORGI!!! I love it all Treyarch…


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+ Berae on October 27th, 2010 at 2:05 pm said:

Split screen is always welcome, I might buy it, well if i do its for Zombie mode but the split screen maybe will make me want to play online with a friend


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+ Johnm535 on October 27th, 2010 at 2:06 pm said:

sony can’t


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+ BigRon3400 on October 27th, 2010 at 2:07 pm said:

Split screen with 2 PSN ids is epic. Glad to see a COD developer taking care of us PS3 owners a little bit.


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+ DNAgent on October 27th, 2010 at 2:09 pm said:

Meh. Medal of Honor was enough for me. I don’t care for the Call of Duty rehashes every year. I played this game when it was called Call of Duty 4.


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+ TheGuardianFID on October 27th, 2010 at 2:09 pm said:

SOLD!!! As if I wasn’t gonna buy it anyways!!! 8P 8)


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+ nas2344 on October 27th, 2010 at 2:10 pm said:

will there be in game music via XMB?


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+ Marston43 on October 27th, 2010 at 2:11 pm said:

I can’t wait for this game.


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+ boneyardweller89 on October 27th, 2010 at 2:17 pm said:

This is gonna be the best game ever!

All it needs now are cheaper map packs than MW2 and we’re in business =P


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+ Destiny89 on October 27th, 2010 at 2:17 pm said:

Hopefully the map packs will add trophies like in World At War


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+ DeadCell34 on October 27th, 2010 at 2:18 pm said:

@43, yes zombies is back. I saw a leaked video of a new zombies map.

Everyone doubted Treyarch but I knew they’d get this right.


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+ LightAce on October 27th, 2010 at 2:21 pm said:

woooo splitscreen online two player with TWO DIFFERENT PSN accounts, awesome!!


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+ JackBristowNYC on October 27th, 2010 at 2:21 pm said:

*Sighs In Relief* Finally. Thank you. Have had the game on pre-order since the summer. I’m even more excited.


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+ AG-WarFighter on October 27th, 2010 at 2:26 pm said:

COD sucks!


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+ VanilaGorila-x- on October 27th, 2010 at 2:29 pm said:

Good stuff Treyarch!!

Peace,
VG


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+ somethingatt on October 27th, 2010 at 2:29 pm said:

You guys are absolute LEGENDS!!
Thank you so much!

Two player PSN sign-in omgomg FINALLY!!!!


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+ SeanTreson on October 27th, 2010 at 2:31 pm said:

Split screen online + custom game editor ,just made this the best CoD game ever..

ONE question though…

Is ZOMBIES going to include any sort of game editor?
Like…
zombie health, speed, etc…
so we can twist it to the way we like it?
I doubt it, but if there were an option, this would be crazy awesome.


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+ Lara_Croft_GodHD on October 27th, 2010 at 2:33 pm said:

wow look like i will be picking up balco ops now i can’t wait


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+ Flyin_Piggy on October 27th, 2010 at 2:33 pm said:

I wonder if the Online Split-Screen support is only for the PS3.


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+ hxczuner on October 27th, 2010 at 2:33 pm said:

Split-screen online just made my day Josh…Thanks so much to you and everyone else at Treyarch for making this iteration of the franchise worth paying full price for!


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+ wocyob on October 27th, 2010 at 2:39 pm said:

very good to hear all this… thanks Treyarch keep up the awesome work


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+ TRAXXAS58 on October 27th, 2010 at 2:39 pm said:

is it just me that thinks this or will Black Ops be a boosterfest? Tactical Insertion returns, Online Split-screen introduced. Every single player will just make a new account and use it to boost with. There wont be a legit game played ever! and the theatre mode wont help stop it as everyone will be boosting, boosting lobbies will be made, its just all becoming too easy for boosters! PLEASE JD, explain to me how you are planning to stop this and what measures have been taken to stop this!


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+ awsome_robot on October 27th, 2010 at 2:46 pm said:

this is great! except for the game being published by activision


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+ THE-D1RTY-77 on October 27th, 2010 at 2:46 pm said:

Thank you for adding 2nd player to one console for online…


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+ Metfanant on October 27th, 2010 at 2:46 pm said:

Will the second profile be able to earn trophies while it is signed in?


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+ ShadowJunior122 on October 27th, 2010 at 2:47 pm said:

Thanks Treyarch for more awesome features. I can’t wait to get Call Of Duty Black Ops and use the new Emblem Editor so when somebody watches me in their Killcam, they’ll see the awesome Emblems I’ll have on my gun. Then I’ll spend time working on Character Customization and I’ll be watching some Wager Matches that I just dominated with the new Theatre Mode.


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+ Tyrsis on October 27th, 2010 at 2:51 pm said:

I can’t wait to pay $15 for some re-hashed maps! Wooo!


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+ THE_MR_PENGUIN on October 27th, 2010 at 2:51 pm said:

ok how about some more in-dept information on how 3D will function on the ps3

such as framerate and resolution


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+ Devine-Comedy on October 27th, 2010 at 2:52 pm said:

@54, seriously? Damn, I had no idea, time to play more R2!


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+ Nin_Brandon on October 27th, 2010 at 2:52 pm said:

Multilayer split screen is awesome! Finally I can play CoD with my friends when they come over.


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+ XxT_I_K_IxX_PR on October 27th, 2010 at 3:00 pm said:

Finally cod makers are listening to the community… Activision and Treyarch please don’t listen to Microsoft you’re losing fans in the PS3 community as well in PC. And please make a complete game not like MW2 that is a broken game and IW are not even trying to fix it or that’s how it looks like.


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+ Zoryu_of_Setsuna on October 27th, 2010 at 3:01 pm said:

That’s looking good.


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+ footballrule on October 27th, 2010 at 3:02 pm said:

I pre-ordered the Hardened editon of this game and I sure am ready! Looking forward to all the multiplayer features this game will have. Online split-screen is going to be awesome!


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