How Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 Predicts And Portrays The Near Future Of War
Black Ops 2 producer Daniel Suarez and military analyst P.W. Singer discuss how they conjured the future of war for the new COD installment and what businesses and futurists get wrong when trying to predict what’s next.
Activision’s military shooter series Call of Duty is, by any entertainment industry standard, a big gun. Every year when the latest installment is published, it breaks the record for biggest entertainment launch set by the previous game. Last year, Modern Warfare 3 hit $1 billion in sales in 16 days. Over 40 million people are playing Call of Duty games online each month.
All of which means that developer Treyarch faces huge creative pressure to raise its game when it comes to advancing story, gameplay, and the scope and scale of the action on each new title. And so, for its next, most ambitious game, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, the company makes a huge leap–into the future.
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Kevin Ohannessian is a freelance writer covering gaming and tech for Tom's Guide, Kill Screen, and Fast Company. His work has also been published by MTV Geek, GameSpot, Gamasutra, Laptop Mag, Co.Create, and Co.Labs. Focusing on the creativity and business of gaming, he is always up for a good interview or an intriguing feature.