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News Oct 23rd - Dev console, modtools and lean confirmed

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  • News Oct 23rd - Dev console, modtools and lean confirmed

    Console gamers, move along, nothing to see. Finally some good PC news! Treyarch confirms dev console, modtools and lean for Black Ops!

    pcdev, do we really need to explain his nickname? Via Twitter he confirmed lean to be back in the PC version of Black Ops. Many were surprised by Infinity Ward's the decision to take this out of multiplayer for Modern Warfare 2, but lucky for us that is now changed back by Treyarch. With lean, you can actually peek around corners, leaving your body (for most part) in cover. This dramatically changes gameplay, for the better. This system is not implemented into the console versions of the game because there are simply not enough buttons on a controller to pull this off.

    Treyarch knows the value of the PC community and are willing to put time and effort in making their experience as good (or better, maybe?) as on consoles. Part of this is of course the dedicated servers, which I'm sure we explained at one point but let's recap real quick. Dedicated servers are usually very powerful computers in data centers with a very fast internet connection on which the Black Ops server edition is installed. With it installed, anyone that has the address (and a password in some cases) of that server can connect and play the game. This usually means less lag (if you pick a server close to you) because you can choose one with the lowest PING (better connection). The administrators of this server have control over what happens on their server, so they can kick or ban people, disable certain elements like killstreaks or explosives. In short, they can customize the game up to a great extend. And, probably more interesting, they can install custom mods. Which brings us to our next point; Mod Tools.

    Mod tools is a computer program that will let people create their own version of the game. A great example is Galactic Warfare (youtube), a great mod that used the mod tools Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare to make a multiplayer mod that brings you right into the world of Star Wars. As you can see in the video it will let you change out models (3D props), weapons, effects, characters, even complete levels. It's a huge deal in PC-land and we're very happy Treyarch has chosen to do so, even though we don't know yet 'til what extend, as the original confirmation states:

    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. 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.

    And, dev console: confirmed.




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