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Black Ops 2 is just around the corner, and while the franchise is known for its adrenaline-pumping single player experiences, many gamers dive straight into the multiplayer mode and never leave. Developer Treyarch is well aware that they must push the online experience forward to satisfy their audience, and has made some fundamental changes to class customization, rewards, and game types to achieve this goal.
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Perhaps the most striking change from Modern Warfare 3 is the replacement of Killstreaks with Scorestreaks. Treyarch hopes to incentivize teamwork by rewarding payers for achieving objectives with the promise of level progression. Dedicated Call of Duty players will also notice that Prestige mode no longer resets weapon or challenge progress. The ability to dive to prone position has also made a return from Call of Duty: Black Ops.
New to the series is the "Pick-10" customization system, which allows players to customize their class with a combination of any 10 items, which provides over half a million possible medleys of skills and weapons, said Game Design Director David Vonderhaar in an interview with NOWGamer.
Treyarch has introduced new Multi-team game modes, which include: Team Deathmatch, Hardpoint, and Kill Confirmed.
In the stead of Wager Matches, Party Games will be available in Black Ops 2 and include: Gun Game, One in the Chamber, Sticks and Stones, and Sharpshooter.
Combat Training will allow players to reach level 10 and include the following modes: Bootcamp, Objective, and Bot Stomp.
Black Ops 2 will also be more E-Sports friendly, with the implementation of CODcasting, a mode that allows a player to "provide play-by play coverage of the action-on screen," according to the official site.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 launches on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on November 13. The game is coming to the Wii U on November 18.