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COD: Black Ops to allow modding

COD: Black Ops to allow modding

Call of Duty: Black Ops will allow modding on the PC version, Treyarch has confirmed.

Call of Duty developer Treyarch has announced that the next game in the series, Call of Duty: Black Ops, will allow modding on the PC version.

Mod tools will not be available on the disc however, with Treyarch promising to release the tools at some undefinied point after launch. The developer console will be available from the start, however.

The announcement came on the official forums, where a Treyarch developer said that creating the tools was not a trivial amount of work and would therefore have to wait until after the game had shipped.

"We plan to open the game up for modding sometime post-launch. We do not know yet to what extent you will be able to mod the game," said the Treyarch dev.

"There are some purely technical issues related to engine and internal tool enhancements that do not easily fit the modtools paradigm. We have looked at it close enough to see that it is non-trivial and we will have to pick it up again post-launch. Right now we are completely focused on finishing the game."

Will this open the way for more cheating in multiplayer games? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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murraynt 24th August 2010, 11:43 Quote
Treyarch are making up for infinity war.Finally some good news
proxess 24th August 2010, 11:56 Quote
Dedicated Servers too? Pleaaaaaaaaaase?
Hustler 24th August 2010, 11:58 Quote
"Treyarch promising to release the tools at some undefinied point after launch"

What they mean is, we will realese said tools when every oppurtunity to fleece the consumer with DLC crap has been exhausted.....
AcidJiles 24th August 2010, 12:00 Quote
wow. might actually buy this then.
murraynt 24th August 2010, 12:02 Quote
I think dedicated server are announced already.
Hopefully we get some free maps like on cod 4;)
ed_456 24th August 2010, 13:01 Quote
Hmm. I sense more cheats than actual mods.
Kiytan 24th August 2010, 13:10 Quote
This is definatly a good thing. (presuming ofcourse they do actually materialize)
BRAWL 24th August 2010, 13:26 Quote
This should be good fun... Can see many zombie,gungame,jump and various other mods on this coming to be awesome
Leitchy 24th August 2010, 13:49 Quote
Well done Treyarch! You are making COD appealing again to me.
Kenny79 24th August 2010, 14:54 Quote
@ ed_456

This is what a pc game is meant to be like. If there are people cheating there WILL be admins to remove them not some IWNET s*it
leexgx 24th August 2010, 15:10 Quote
it was not so much the cheating in MW2 it was the shot lag of up to 500ms avg so you mite be dead before you have even seen the other player or both shot but replay shows you have only let one shot off

why i prefer COD4 when i shot if i have an point on him he will die (bit harder to call cheat on COD4 i get accused all the time thought)
ed_456 24th August 2010, 15:11 Quote
I suppose it adds some freedom to the game, and its what a PC game offers over the console games, but how reliable will the admins be at removing cheaters? But yeah, just my opinion.
Toploaded 24th August 2010, 18:21 Quote
You'll get good servers with dedicated admins that make it almost their life goal to keep the server cheat free (god bless 'em), and you'll get ones that are pretty much left alone. Takes a little while, but soon enough you find a community with enough admins to stop this kinda crap and they are often very effective. Cheaters are in the minority, but as we know it only takes one on a server to ruin the game. Those that do cheat, will soon avoid servers they are likely to get banned from and just go for the easy target servers where they can bot each other to death as much as they like.

Best way is to find a server with a website and forums, and lurk there abit, you will soon get an idea of how well they are administered.
Bazz 24th August 2010, 18:26 Quote
Obviously they have learn their lesson that 90% of the appeal for people was actually mods and dedi servers, so 1 out of 2 ain't bad.

Still staying away from it, don't like the way they are conducting their development since the end of MW.
kornedbeefy 24th August 2010, 18:43 Quote
LAN play? Our LAN group totally skipped MW2 and BC2 due to no LAN play option. 30 potential sales I guess these companies weren't interesting in.
murraynt 24th August 2010, 18:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by kornedbeefy
LAN play? Our LAN group totally skipped MW2 and BC2 due to no LAN play option. 30 potential sales I guess these companies weren't interesting in.

Same:(
Bakes 24th August 2010, 18:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hustler
"Treyarch promising to release the tools at some undefinied point after launch"

What they mean is, we will realese said tools when every oppurtunity to fleece the consumer with DLC crap has been exhausted.....

What you might not know is that the CoD engine is extremely well known by modders - where there's a will there's a way and all that, so you don't actually need the mod tools to write mods - just maps. If you want a good anecdote, the popular X4 mod for CoD4 (introduced stuff like AC130s and made the game much more tweakable) was 90% made before the mod tools were released. Furthermore, if they're using the CoD5 engine (they are) there will be very few opportunities for them to use DLC on the PC platform - the engine isn't really built for that (it's why IW and Treyarch didn't charge for PC dlc on CoD4 and 5). We'll have to wait and see, though I doubt it.
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Originally Posted by Bazz
Obviously they have learn their lesson that 90% of the appeal for people was actually mods and dedi servers, so 1 out of 2 ain't bad.

Still staying away from it, don't like the way they are conducting their development since the end of MW.

Treyarch seems to me to be a much more friendly company, though I'll be waiting for a few reviews of the specific pc multiplayer side before I buy.
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Originally Posted by kornedbeefy
LAN play? Our LAN group totally skipped MW2 and BC2 due to no LAN play option. 30 potential sales I guess these companies weren't interesting in.

Since it's using the CoD5 engine, there probably will be lanplay. Treyarch are hoping to recapture a lot of the pc market here - they don't want to screw up something that is significant to a small minority - it's the minority with the largest voices, after all.
ryall 25th August 2010, 03:34 Quote
So we're supposed to be grateful that they're giving something back that they took away in the first place?
Toploaded 25th August 2010, 08:19 Quote
I think so, it's not like it would dent the sales to much if they didn't.
brokenthinker 25th August 2010, 09:46 Quote
It's a FPS. Of course i'm going to buy it. I buy nothing else!
Blackie Chan 25th August 2010, 10:19 Quote
I bet that activision isn't allowing dedi servers and user content most of the time because it adds too much replayability to a game. Their next iteration isn't going to be as valuable if there is a fantastically talented and vast mod community dedicated to making their past games stay fun. honestly I think valve is showing what can be done for getting the most bang for buck on a game though. Source has been out for years and they can still sell source games and copies of TF2 by building up a good reputation for supporting their games and doing awesome ****. Rather than bland copies of the same modern war over and over and over again.
Synikal Ali 7th September 2010, 16:42 Quote
Hooray, maybe ill get more playimr out of thios one than i did MW2...
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