After about two weeks of teasing, Treyarch has finally given the Call of Duty community its first glimpse into the new zombie mode’s gameplay. There will be some major changes as well as two completely new modes to further expand the fan favorite.
According to Joystiq, Treyarch revealed three total modes and some multiplayer changes during their official preview event.
First, the classic survival mode will still be there. Anyone who has played zombies mode in any other Call of Duty game will be familiar with this 1-4 player co-op style game where the objective is to last as long as possible all while trying the rebuild your base. Tranzit, one of the new modes, takes the survival idea one step further. This will be the new primary mode while playing zombies and players will be free to roam a “big, giant, and expansive” open world. This is where the bus finally comes into play. To navigate this new open world, players can travel by foot or the bus. The final mode, Grief also builds off of the survival mode, but in a different way. This mode will pit two teams of 4 against each other to see who can survive the longest. The catch here is that while it is not possible to kill the other team directly, you can manipulate the environment to put them in risky situations.
On top of the new game modes, there will also be some general improvements to the overall experience. For the first time there will be extensive stat tracking for zombie hunters just like there is for those playing the normal multiplayer. This will lead to leader boards as well a vastly improved matchmaking system. Players will also be allowed to create custom games with multiple options to do things like start on a specific level or set headshot challenges.
Judging by the leaps and bounds the zombies mode will take in Black Ops 2, it may even evolve into a standalone title. Predictions aside, the new zombies mode will undoubtedly add a unique and fun break from the super fast-paced COD action. Check out the trailer for a look at the changes and Tranzit mode especially.