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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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+ Twelve_Knights on October 27th, 2010 at 10:51 pm said:

Why do we (PS3 users) get screwed? Xbox can use a separate account but we can’t?! B$…. First, maps, now this… what next, Zombies split screen for Xbox only?


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+ CL_KANOS on October 27th, 2010 at 11:41 pm said:

This is great news and I cant wait to play this game. Does the PS3 get dedicated servers that i read was added to the online?


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+ ClearClover on October 28th, 2010 at 12:06 am said:

This is really looking like the best COD yet.

And can’t wait for the Zombie mode, it’s one of the modes I know I’ll enjoy the most.


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+ SephirothRK on October 28th, 2010 at 12:31 am said:

Seems like only guest and not another PSN ID on the same ps3?


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+ Skv007 on October 28th, 2010 at 1:05 am said:

Great, so you can’t split-screen with double PSn log in? =/

Way to get my hopes up and then destroy em.

Insomniac did it w/ R2.. and are doing it w/ 4-for all or w/e that game is called.

I hope it’ll get patched in..


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+ solace357 on October 28th, 2010 at 1:08 am said:

Wow, I don’t ever give crap to anyone who posts on here but… that was kinda sneaky.


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+ Spinout209 on October 28th, 2010 at 1:16 am said:

I love how when this Blog post was posted it said PS3 includes the Split-Screen ability to sign in with 2 PSN accounts and level up both and then he pulls the plug and edits it and basically says “Screw You” to us Sony fans. MICROSOFT PAID YOU TO GET THE MAP PACKS EARLY, NOT TO SCREW SONY FANS OVER. Hopefully JD_2020 understands the frustration and considers puting it into the PS3 copy of Black Ops because to be honest it’s pretty jacked up for one console to have it over another, and the whole Map Pack thing is a joke.


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+ PlayDude77 on October 28th, 2010 at 2:34 am said:

Wow, since i last checked this post I was really happy knowing that you guys would include SplitScreen online DOUBLE LOGIN..

But now i’m really pissed off knowing that you edited this, giving us false hopes… :@

Microsh*t exclusivity, is that it? How about Treyarch starts giving a damn about us PS3 users? Seriously, i’m sick of this…


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+ KURTY_FLIRTY on October 28th, 2010 at 3:06 am said:

Resistance 2 done it, Borderlands patched it in,I wouldn’t worry too much, i reckon we will get it :) But, (360 only) and you post it on the PS blog, wow kick us while we are down :/


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+ vx_m4rk on October 28th, 2010 at 3:07 am said:

So they remove tactical insertion and replace it with split screen multiplayer, boosters will have a field day – well done Treyarch.

Not buying this.


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+ Igel_63 on October 28th, 2010 at 3:12 am said:

I bet, that Black Ops will be a famous and awesome Game. Better than W@W and MW2. Cant wait until Release.


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+ Jdot-Mattinson on October 28th, 2010 at 5:01 am said:

@ 207

You’ll be on the same team as your split screen party. It’s like a party, you won’t be able to join FFAs.

To everyone:

David’s twitter has been updated to say it’s a PSN issue and he is looking into it with the engineering department, and that it may take some time.

Maybe it will be patched in after release. Maybe they need to talk more with Sony about how it can be done.


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+ General_Tbag on October 28th, 2010 at 5:27 am said:

Multiplayer split screen… so you can cheat with out having to buy a second TV and PS3… even the poor can cheat now… wahooo


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+ MrToOoTi on October 28th, 2010 at 5:30 am said:

WAW you guys SUCK,
for once i was really considering this BUT oh no sony didn’t pay you guys enough to give us a decent game (on par with xbox) thanks but NO thanks

bfbc2 Vietnam will have my bucks over this **** game


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+ glody on October 28th, 2010 at 5:39 am said:

So why did you guys create artificial demand (0 Supplies) for the PS3 version of the “hardened edition” ?


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+ akaHenok on October 28th, 2010 at 5:45 am said:

I just hope all of this is going to be available to PS3 owners and not just 360 owners…


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+ glody on October 28th, 2010 at 5:47 am said:

ps. They’re taking orders for the Hardened edition from Toysrus.com if any of you missed out. Seems to be “sold out” elsewhere that i’ve checked.


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+ Shadow_Heart on October 28th, 2010 at 7:28 am said:

Regional matchmaking to help fight the terrible, terrible lag in this game? Now I can finally buy the game. :)

Now if they can only at least try to eliminate the cheaters, the game would be perfect. Black Ops Beta has been hacked for cheating and the game isn’t even out yet!


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+ dirtyoldman69 on October 28th, 2010 at 8:22 am said:

i am speechless .. u guys have totally out done yourself now !!

hats off :)


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+ XxT_I_K_IxX_PR on October 28th, 2010 at 8:27 am said:

Microsoft is desperate! paying companies to get DLC first for them wow, and now this? getting online with two accounts at the same time to play splitscreen xbox only? that shows the desperation of Microsoft! anyways cod is not that good… Oh and a message to Activision: you suck!


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+ Chubcorp on October 28th, 2010 at 8:31 am said:

Was this edited because I could swear it said 2 PSN accounts at one time split screen online. Was it edited from the original post?


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+ zerolaff on October 28th, 2010 at 8:45 am said:

Yes it was.


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+ Boss_Tycoon_ on October 28th, 2010 at 9:03 am said:

Multiplayer Online Split-Screen Support? Okay, this is a must buy now.


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+ FormerPSfan on October 28th, 2010 at 9:23 am said:

When will SCE & developers / publishers learn that PS3 owners dont want shoddy substandard ports? NEVER!

Will they learn that these useless hand me downs actually sell the competitors product? Doubtful, even if they did at this points its too little, too late.


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+ FULLxTIMExHITMAN on October 28th, 2010 at 9:54 am said:

why can the 360 have two people both with live accounts playing on the same system? and we only can have a guest? I remember that split screen like the 360 is getting was possible on Resistance 2


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+ E-Phoenix- on October 28th, 2010 at 3:33 pm said:

Yes they did edit it… thanks Josh for giving the best console ever made not include those features…


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+ kropodra on October 28th, 2010 at 4:20 pm said:

well I was happy for one day then they had to go and EDIT this

buy this game for 360 if you have one if not go out and buy a 360 because playstation users should not have to get the short end of the stick on every game that comes out


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+ kropodra on October 28th, 2010 at 4:35 pm said:

Little Known About Facts


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+ MeanSeasons on October 28th, 2010 at 4:44 pm said:

Hey Treyarch, what the is the reason that 2 people can’t sign into their accounts at the same time in split-screen online? Is it because you’re too lazy or is it the crummy playstation 3 infrastructure?


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+ Kzmumucow on October 28th, 2010 at 4:51 pm said:

Hold on nerds, How about NAZI ZOMBIE is this game going to have anything like that??????
“Playstation step your game up”


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+ kropodra on October 28th, 2010 at 4:55 pm said:

because microsoft paid they to take it out


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+ trev456 on October 28th, 2010 at 5:03 pm said:

Yeah, why would you post that we can have 2 PSN accounts signed in and then edit it out? Wow. And Xbox does get this feature. I agree @209, if these are Xbox-only features, why would you post on the PS Blog? You get our hopes up, and then crush them…


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+ TheUndertaker85 on October 28th, 2010 at 5:10 pm said:

Hrm… You’d figure PS3 fans would learn by now. It’s not Treyarch kissing MS ass. It’s Activision kissing MS ass. Why? Cause it’s all about the benjamins in Activision Land.

Think. Who signed timed exclusive deals with MS for not only this title but future titles and even MW2? That’s right, Activision did. Why? Cause money talks to Activision way louder than fans.

The bottom line though: Why should PS3 fans really care? All Activision has been doing for the past decade is delivering rehashed titles with little to no changes in gameplay and straight out screwing companies that’s not throwing money at them. Guitar Hero, Call of Duty, Tony Hawk, the list goes on and on and on… So seriously, why bother purchasing Activision titles when you know you’re getting screwed over or just getting a rehashed title that in reality, could and should just be DLC for past titles?


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+ Mauro_M25 on October 28th, 2010 at 6:23 pm said:

GUYS read it again
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.

You still don’t see it alright all make it easier to see
bring a GUEST online (as in not a real acount)
all GUEST progress “GOES AWAY” once signed out.


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+ snakeeater91 on October 28th, 2010 at 6:58 pm said:

That is complete bull! Why do we get the worst version?!? 360 gets to save their content in the guest account but we don’t? Why is the PS3 the worse version, because they didn’t want to pay Activision’s content ransom?!?


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+ kropodra on October 28th, 2010 at 7:53 pm said:

Mauro_M25 you must not have seen the blog before…yesterday it said you could sign on with 2 psn accounts and save your data


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+ YouBinhOwned on October 28th, 2010 at 8:19 pm said:

Playstation 3 needs dual PSN sign-in. NOW!


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+ CashMoney509 on October 28th, 2010 at 9:18 pm said:

its cool hoe they are looking at the ps3 side of the game and not just on xbox all the time!


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+ Tavo469 on October 29th, 2010 at 12:09 am said:

@212 He’s most likely saying that because of all the hate they’ve been receiving from the PS3 community because of that. More likely than not Micro$oft did pay them to patch it in later they’re just disguising it as a PSN issue… SMH at Treyarch


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+ snakeeater91 on October 29th, 2010 at 12:10 am said:

Why not at least give the ability to share your unlocked weapons/classes with the guest? You can’t just leave PS3 players with a game that has a flaw as big as that one.


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+ GrantDillson on October 29th, 2010 at 5:50 am said:

Does anyone know if the campaign is co-op as well?


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+ Fikoe on October 29th, 2010 at 5:54 am said:

Firstly i think you should remove this feature from BOTH games, ps3 and xbox 360. Xbox 360 have an advantage as they have 2 Live accounts at once, we have a psn and a guest. I think this will spoil the online play as being killed by a guest will affect my stats and they are not even a permanent player. It’s also the same priced game for both versions so it should be equal in every way. You said you are listening to your fans? well obviously not, you and Sony should sort something out for this feature to be exactly the same as the xbox. Xbox ALWAYS has priority. If this hasn’t been rectified by the release or at least in an update then you have failed the ps3 gamers with Black Ops. Thanks a bunch.


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+ Fikoe on October 29th, 2010 at 6:06 am said:

Wow 2 comments just isn’t enough for me. Sony, Treyarch and Activision, you have all got your ps3 gamers livid and that is not way to treat the people who actually pay for you game. I am extremely fed up of it. I constantly stress to xbox gamers that ps3 is the better console,now I’m starting to think I am just lying to myself. IMPROVE NOW!


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+ Arnold_NYC on October 29th, 2010 at 1:52 pm said:

Can’t wait until it comes out! Treyarch FTW!


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+ landonh12 on October 29th, 2010 at 6:37 pm said:

After Josh eliminated quickscoping, i think he actually did something good this time.
Great job josh.


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+ Senor_Shmellow on October 30th, 2010 at 12:45 pm said:

If im not the only one, look at the first sentences he wrote.”to the PS3 FANS”
Can someone also prove he wrote that 2 psn accounts can be online?


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+ snoochieboochie6 on October 30th, 2010 at 7:51 pm said:

Hey with the split screen online, does anyone know if you can have 2 people signed on with their own play station ID, instead of just the second player being signed as a guest.


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+ kropodra on October 30th, 2010 at 9:36 pm said:

second player has to be the guest..I have a feeling money and microsoft are the reasons 4 this


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+ ZillahManiac on October 30th, 2010 at 9:42 pm said:

First Attack Dogs and now Split Screen?
Have my freakin’ baby Treyarch.


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+ ZillahManiac on October 30th, 2010 at 9:44 pm said:

You idiots, of course this is on PS3.
WHY WOULD IT BE ON A PS BLOG? >_>


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