What is/would be your favourite aspect about the [COD] series, if you were looking in from an outside perspective as a fan?
“I have a very personal point of view on that because before I joined Treyarch 10 years ago, I was being flown out to get previews of World at War DLC and Black Ops 1 campaign sneak peeks. I joined in Black Ops 1, so I got a sneak peek, and then three months later my ass was in a chair working for [David] Vonderhaar
“For me, it’s personally always been about core multiplayer, I’ve been a huge multiplayer fan. Call of Duty multiplayer is always what grabbed me, so I said I want to make that, I was the guy on the floor saying you know you can do this better, and Vonderhaar was like: ‘alright come show me how to do it better.’ It’s tough because I work on the multiplayer, but I put everything I love into the multiplayer, and what I think the huge player base from casual to competitive want.”
“I can’t express how much this was a dream project for us, it was truly a work of passion, could we make this love letter to Black Ops 1? What I love about Black Ops is that it gives us an unbelievable amount of freedom, we can flashback to Vietnam do some mind f***ery stuff, have these tactical military operations with Woods helming it, then we can slide over and be in a civilian spy mode sneaking into East Berlin using these spy gadgets”
“From the outside looking in, it’s the fact that I’m going to get in here, get this mysterious narrative, see these characters I love, and just the variety that Black Ops provides.”
“I’ve always been a big Esports guy, so I think the Esports element is what draws me in. I now know from being on the inside that we are obsessed with delivering the most balanced experience with the weapons and attachments. It feels like you are making a meaningful decision, there’s a lot of thinking and depth to your loadout and tactics”
Whilst I only had a brief time to speak to Dan, Tony, and Matt, it reinvigorated my interest in the series, seeing them all speak so passionately about this title and understanding just how much they care could mean we get a Call of Duty entry that fans will love and potentially provide a positive injection into the series after many felt left out with the exclusion of a campaign in Black Ops 4.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is scheduled for release on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One and PC on Battle.net starting 13th November.