Black Ops 2 Team Will Make Mod Tools ‘If They Have the Resources’

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 might get a set of mod tools like Treyarch’s last entry into the Call of Duty series, but if it does happen, it could be a while.

Activision Vice President of Production Dan Suarez told Game Front that PC development is very important to Treyarch, and that a dedicated PC team is working on Black Ops 2 alongside the game’s console development. He also said Treyarch is very invested in its PC community — so if there’s time to make mod tools for the game, it could happen.

“There’s nothing official yet, but traditionally Treyarch looks at the mod community for ideas and for talent,” Suarez said. “Creating mod tools is a really difficult task.”

Suarez wouldn’t make anything official, but he did say that Treyarch’s dedicated PC team, led by Caesar Statsny (better known as @pcdev on Twitter), is very vocal about adding things to the game that make it a better PC experience.

The first Black Ops game ended up with mod tools for the PC version, but it took quite a long time for them to be released — something like seven months. Mod tools will be under DLC releases and other support in terms of priority, so while the PC team may eventually get around to making them, expect it to take a while. But as Suarez said, mod tools are certainly not off the table at this point.

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3 Comments on Black Ops 2 Team Will Make Mod Tools ‘If They Have the Resources’


On June 7, 2012 at 12:31 am

“If” they have the resources? Don’t make me laugh.

Call of Duty is probably the most profitable franchise in the entire history of video games. It’s more of a question if the higher-ups want to spend the $$ to have the Devs. work on them, instead of spitting out the next DLC/Game in a series that is suffering from a heavy degree of franchise fatigue at this point.

Phil Hornshaw

On June 7, 2012 at 8:59 am


In this case, resources refers to the spare time they’d need to do it. The fact is that DLC earns the studio and publisher money, and mod tools don’t. That said, Treyarch did eventually put out mod tools for Black Ops, and they recognize that the PC community wants them. Given the situation — it’s a Call of Duty game and Treyarch and Activision really have no need of or incentive toward developing mod tools at all — I’m at least happy that Treyarch keeps it in mind and looks for ways to make the PC version better. It’s not the same as studios that make PC a big priority, but at least they do *something*.


On November 30, 2012 at 12:10 pm

This would make me wanna play this again, played it for 2 hours only, and went right back to Call of duty 4. Which is the most played competetive game in all cod series!