Treyarch confirms mod tools for Call of Duty: Black Ops

In a move to regain the trust of the PC gaming community, Treyarch has expressed an interest in dedicated servers for Call of Duty: Black Ops, and most recently announced that the game will be opened up to modding. Infinity Ward disappointed PC gamers when it launched Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 without dedicated servers or mod tools. Treyarch is making a concerted effort to correct that mistake.

Speaking on the Call of Duty: Black Ops Community Forums, a Treyarch developer posting as "pcdev" made the official announcement. Exactly when and to what extent modding will be available is still unclear, but it is something the developer plans to focus on post-launch.

"There are some purely technical issues related to engine and internal tool enhancements that do not easily fit the modtools paradigm," pcdev wrote. "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."

Though dedicated servers have not been officially announced, Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia has made it clear it's something he wants.

"I think dedicated servers are excellent. I don't see any reason not to use them unless... well, I just don't see any reason not to. We're working very hard... so people can run dedicated servers and also participate in the communal experience the console players get to have, given they're all on first-party servers."

Call of Duty: Black Ops is set to hit store shelves on November 9.

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With Activision past action, I wonder if the mod tools / dedicated server is just a bone they threw to make them "look" there better now.

I'll take this with a grain of salt until the game is released cause Robert Bowling said that MW2 would have dedi servers right until about 20 days before the game was shipped. We all know how that turned out.

Old school PC Gamers tend to be PC gamers because of the freedom afforded to pick out mods, and run the game in specific settings on custom hardware setups essentially customizing the experience and bringing hours more of enjoyment to them. I really enjoyed the giant bathrooms and so forth in Unreal Tournament, Some if the extra mods thrown on these servers made me able to continue playing for much longer then I would of otherwise. this is a good move.

sidroc said,
Old school PC Gamers tend to be PC gamers because of the freedom afforded to pick out mods, and run the game in specific settings on custom hardware setups essentially customizing the experience and bringing hours more of enjoyment to them. I really enjoyed the giant bathrooms and so forth in Unreal Tournament, Some if the extra mods thrown on these servers made me able to continue playing for much longer then I would of otherwise. this is a good move.

If perhaps they create a system of rewards for playing only on ranked official servers, then I suppose it would not be so much of an issue to me.

LiquidSolstice said,

If perhaps they create a system of rewards for playing only on ranked official servers, then I suppose it would not be so much of an issue to me.

Achievement+ perk unlocked as well as ranking should be incentive enough. Any game worth a **** will have its multiplayer renewable enough to play over the minigames.

LiquidSolstice said,

If perhaps they create a system of rewards for playing only on ranked official servers, then I suppose it would not be so much of an issue to me.

I think they will take the COD4 way of just turning rank off when on modded servers. It would just take a single Cvar.

So will these dedicated servers be able to host games for 360/PS3 gamers simultaneously? I have it pre-ordered for PS3, but I know some of my friends are getting it for 360.

CoMMo said,
So will these dedicated servers be able to host games for 360/PS3 gamers simultaneously? I have it pre-ordered for PS3, but I know some of my friends are getting it for 360.

This... It makes me sad :'(

Not to be mean but I think you may have missread some things.

Dedicated server and Mods are only for the PC..

whitch also mean that all map pack and patch will be free again for PC users..

as for console.. HA HA sucks to be u. .Im glad to see more forcus on the PC side after MW2 totaly blowing it.

it'll only work if the engine is amazing and the tool is user friendly. there are so many modifiable games out right now i am not sure why anyone would pick this game.