David Vonderhaar, Treyarch’s Studio Design Director, spoke with IGN at gamescom 2015 about Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’s eSports announcement. Vonderhaar recaps many of the big news from the reveal stream, including the new Bans and Protect system, Arena mode, and more. He stated that Activision and Treyarch are currently working on league seasons, championship events, tournaments, and more with partners and will have more news to share closer to launch.

Vonderhaar also spoke about the relationship that exists between the three Call of Duty studios – Treyarch, Sledgehammer Games, and Infinity Ward. Vahn stated that he’s friends with many folks at Sledgehammer and Infinity Ward, and that the teams compare notes throughout development. He also stated that the studios share feedback that they get following their latest title’s launch. One of the examples Vahn highlighted was Uplink; Treyarch wouldn’t have thought of bringing Uplink mode to Call of Duty, but Vahn said seeing fan reaction to Uplink in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare convinced them to bring it back in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.

You can watch the interview here:

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  • Choppabro2psn

    Uplink is fun.

    • TROLL TIDE

      Agree the whole ban protect concept is genius.

      • Kyle Soule

        I, personally this its really going to balance things out between players.

  • TROLL TIDE

    Did cod advanced warfare murder Jordan Brookes career???

    • No, but why do you care to know?

    • Wtf does that even mean? I don’t even get what you’re trying to convey you’re so dumb lmao.

    • Keshav Bhat

      no, he’s probably doing fine playing whatever games he likes to play.

      • jordanxbrookes

        Battlefield 4 seems to be holding me up for the time being.

        • QuickzZ-_-GhosT

          It really is a good game. Not as good as BF3 or BC2 but still better than Ghosts and Aw.

          • jordanxbrookes

            Definitely. BF3 > BF4 all day everyday.

    • jordanxbrookes

      Find out next.

  • TurbotraktoR

    hmm when show us last 3 specialist?

    • If I was Treyarch I’d save them for the games release.

    • Xerolh

      They are probably saving them for launch along with the other few weapons that haven’t been announced.

  • I’m going out on a limb and saying Infinity Ward’s next COD probably won’t have advanced movement (Exos/Thrusters). Which leads to this: What will they do with the gamemode like Uplink? Make the goals lower or just make their own version of it. Like a hybrid of Blitz perhaps?

    • Drew Perry

      I’d rather have IW remaster the Modern Warfare series because they have failed to make a great game after MW2

      • Phxnta | X’Zavier

        MW3 and Ghosts weren’t that bad. They weren’t great by any means, but they weren’t that bad. All in my opinion though.

        • Xx_COLSEY_xX

          MW3 was my first and favourite CoD. And I’ve been playing Ghosts a lot recently and it’s not too shabby.

          • Smayo

            If ghosts was as fast past as MW3 it would be a good game actually

          • Thomas the TankSwag

            After playing it again, imo Ghosts wasnt actually such a bad game but was ruined by how people chose to play multiplayer (Camping). A lot of the mechanics and new game modes added in were great fun, its ashame grind wasnt ever available in public lobbies

          • Xx_COLSEY_xX

            Yeah I think if maps on Ghosts were smaller and TTK was slower then it could have been one of the best CoD

      • spartanelite

        You say that like mw2 is remotely good

        • QuickzZ-_-GhosT

          It’s a fun game.However there are some mechanics that I don’t understand like the TTK : sometimes I get insta-killed and other times my character just eats bullets.It really is a broken game but surprisingly fun. MW2 is weird.

          • spartanelite

            Not at all IMO :l

      • Daniel

        I hated MW3 at first but now I love it

    • melchor2679

      Too soon to speculate about Infinity Ward’s COD, BO3 is not even out yet. XD

      • CoDforever

        trust me when bo3 comes out we are all going to specualte about treyarchs game because no way in hell is anyone excited for IW or shg anymore

        • çħιđєɾå™

          and you speak for everyone?

          • CoDforever

            after ghosts and advanced warfare i think so.

    • PuddingAuxRais1ns

      I feel IW will go this route too. Advanced movement has been getting alot of hate lately, even though BO3 seems to have perfected it, and it would be a great opportunity for IW to bring CoD back to it’s roots.

      • hungryandrew

        IW will likely make ghosts 2, but it will be more of modern combat.

        • Sadly you are correct. I hope IW learns from their mistakes.

        • burrgee

          I dont think they will make ghost 2 untill the next cycle, i hope its antother mw to bring the fans back.

          • hungryandrew

            Why will Infinity Ward skip the continuation of ghosts? Modern Warfare trilogy is over.

          • burrgee

            I dont mean skip it, they could bring it out next time around, and theres alot of things the could do with mw series like go way back to captain price and soaps past.

          • hungryandrew

            Modern Warfare is finished, they will not revisit it, it will be a continuation of Ghosts.

        • Xx_COLSEY_xX

          Maybe IW will learn from their mistakes. Such as huge maps and fast TTK. If they have learned that many people didn’t like Ghosts due to huge maps and fast TTK, they will create a better game IMO.

          • hungryandrew

            I sure hope so. I’m about to buy only treyarch cods. Treyarch is more reliable in making good cods

        • ReZ_115_SoN_of_a_Gun

          Hell no.

    • jordanxbrookes

      Modern Warfare spin-off will do me fine 🙂

      • CoDforever

        tbh back when ghosts was revealed i though it was a spinoff prequel from MW that featured ghosts past like he was in a covert task force that all wore skull baclavas .. which now sounds like a great idea, for IW anyway ..

      • Daniel

        MW4 or GTFO, IW

        • jordanxbrookes

          I don’t want the trilogy to be ruined so I say Modern Warfare spin-off.

    • jordanxbrookes

      Or just keep Blitz? Sure it’s not as good as CTF, but it’s ok.

      • It didn’t promote team play as much as uplink does.

    • CoDforever

      haha do you even know IW with their ego? They arent gonna take any ideas from treyarch SHG because they think they are so high and mighty just like with ghosts, completely ignoring hardpoint and CTF

      • That’s a negative comment sir. You must be a COD Hater. Kappa

        • CoDforever

          more like infinityward hater

      • Thomas the TankSwag

        Hardpoint sucks though, because of the way scoring is given no one plays the objective -they just go in for the points then jump out which leaves 1 or 2 people trying to win the game on their own.

        It really could have been something if they made score awarded based on time spent in the hardpoint rather than first person to reach it.

        And capture the flag being missed out really isnt disregarding fans seeing as no one plays it.

    • Alex222222

      Halo 2 has a mode called Ricochet which is basically a game mode like Uplink just on the ground.

  • SoTotallyXray

    Loving the way the game is already shipping to stores xD

  • melchor2679

    Uplink is fun to play with your crew in public matches.

  • Deadly Ed

    Is it just me or does vonderhaar look like a troll pretending to be human?

    • TROLL TIDE

      It’s definitely you and only you.

    • Daniel

      100% agree
      Best comment

  • Ryumoau

    Thanks for posting this. I love developer interviews. 🙂

  • VahnBreathing

    I swear i can hear vahn breathing when he’s not talking lol.

  • ScOott

    Thanks for posting this I love anything to do with cod 🙂 *cough* give me a few upvotes *cough*

    • Kyle Soule

      Here you go.

      • ScOott

        Lol I was just being a lazy troll. I couldn’t help myself 🙂 ..

        • Kyle Soule

          Oh, well… enjoy the free upvote I guess 🙂

        • I just drank bleach

          That’s being a troll? I thought being a troll was saying how AW was a shitty game, I must be on the wrong site

    • I just drank bleach

      GOT EM!!

    • burrgee

      There you go.

    • Will WilFredo Mendoza

      Hey maybe you have the answer to this unrelated post question. Does CI have a website for Battlefield News? Like they have for with Star Wars News??

      • Kyle Soule

        Yes its called bravointel.com it acually has star wars AND bf news but they havent been posting anything about it recenly bc there hasnt been really anything newsworthy as far as I know.

      • jordanxbrookes

        Yeah they have BravoINTEL for Battlefield and Battlefront but they don’t seem to be interested with Battlefield so I use MP1st instead.

      • ScOott

        Yh it’s called bravo Intel. Didn’t know they had a Star Wars one lol, unless they using for the same thing, but any b.f news gets posted on their.

    • TheDemonOfHate

      Here pops

  • Kyle Soule

    Im gonna have to take a look at this. Sounds pretty interesting.

  • james lamberson

    I will always luv uplink.Great for competetive play and is my go to pub mode next to HP.

  • Michael:TOP

    With competitive moving to Playstaion with all the sweaties move there too?

    • Smayo

      Lets hope that is the case

    • Guest #1

      I dont think that every sweat willl sell his xbone… but the majority will unfortunately

    • jordanxbrookes

      Most of them will if they want to get in the pro leagues.

    • FazalGaming

      Oh shit. I read that wrong. I thought you said “sweeties” and I was like dafuq?

  • Ryumoau

    It was really fascinating to hear Treyarch’s relationship with the other studios and how they were inspired to bring over Sledgehammer’s Uplink game mode.

    I kinda wish Treyarch took more notes from Sledgehammer with how extensive their multiplayer character customization was. Black Ops 3 actually seems like a huge step backwards from how limited we are able to customize the different specialists. Hopefully at least campaign will have greater customization options.

    • “Black Ops 3 actually seems like a huge step backwards with how limited we are able to customize the different specialists.”

      Can you elaborate? I really don’t understand. Each Specialists have a gun and special ability, how in anyway are they “limited”?

      • RdJokr

        He means visual customization. In a way, Specialist customization is a bit limited, because you can only customize the “big chunky choices” like head/helmet and body. Vonderhaar believes that smaller choices like boots and gloves are too subtle, and Treyarch wants to focus on other areas, so that in battle, it is still easy to recognize the Specialists to have an idea of what he/she might be using.

        • Ohh I see. I don’t care about character customization….. You never see your character, what’s the point? It’s a pointless feature to have in a FPS game.

          I’m up for weapon customization though. Hopefully we can do some crazy designs around the gun or something (rather than a specific spot).

    • CoDforever

      na tbh im fine with set players in mp rather than player cusstomization so i dont have to see all that gimmicky exos

    • Prostidude

      It would be nice to have character customization like in AW. Of course there will be some character customization in Black Ops 3. But, Treyarch made a smart decision. You never see your character in game. But, you see your gun. So to me, the heavy gun customization really appeals to me.

    • DanDustEmOff

      I don’t mind the customisation but I do hate the supply drop concept, getting better weapons randomly is annoying as hell. Then they have the cheek to sell these supply drops which may or may not give you a useful item. All I seem to get is hats and the crapiest of the crap weapons, if I was into that that I would play TF2 or FIFA UT.

  • Xx_COLSEY_xX

    If I could create my own game mode, this is what it would be.

    12 people in a lobby. 1 person has a bomb that has a timer of 30 seconds. They have to knife / throwing knife someone to pass the bomb onto someone else. If they fail to pass the bomb onto someone else before the 30 seconds end, they will blow up and be eliminated. Then it will automatically give bomb to someone else. The map will sweep a UAV every 3 seconds for the bomb carrier. It will only show the survivors if they aren’t moving. The survivors will not have a weapon but only a knife. And they will run a little slower than the bomb carrier. This is simular to a game mode on a PS2 game called Crash ‘N’ Burn. Anyone played it?

    • Daniel

      Needs some adjusts but very solid idea sir!

      • Xx_COLSEY_xX

        Thanks, I really hope this would be a game mode.

        • ImSickOfThisSht

          This reminds me alot about “Cranked” from GHOSTS, where you died if you didnt kill an enemy after 10 Seconds, and the bomb part was kindof weird, i mean, how would a bomb spawn on a player without anyone placing it? #HacksConfirmed, but seriously, I would have liked the idea, if it wasnt for that “Cranked” existed and that the physics seemed kindof weird.

    • Drasadex

      interesting idea there!

    • Baruck obuma

      a bit like hot potato

    • Ptrain727

      Sweet idea! The only thing I can see being problematic is the bomb holder being faster than everyone, but that sounds like an awesome game mode!

      • Xx_COLSEY_xX

        True. But it all focuses on your timing, positioning and parkour skills 🙂

    • Kyle Soule

      Game mode name: hot potato
      Sounds like a pretty good game mode btw.

      • Xx_COLSEY_xX

        Thank you. The name sounds good

        • Kyle Soule

          No problem. Thats what I thought of instantly after reading the mode.

    • Siftblade of Rivia

      This would be a great addition to the party games.

    • Super029something

      Knowing what the CoD community is like this’ll never work.

    • joeyofbport

      kinda like the Skolas fight in destiny when passing the infection around

  • David Vonderhaar <3

  • Daniel

    Vahn’s honesty is over 9000

  • Drasadex
    • Axel Noir

      Just tweeted a question.

      • Drasadex

        what did you ask?

        • Axel Noir

          Inclusion of DLC weapons

          • Keshav Bhat

            too early to talk about DLC; they don’t start DLC development till after the game goes gold. So September-October time frame

    • ScOott

      I don’t have Twitter :-/ I’m old school I just don’t understand how to use it ?.. I want to ask if they are planning on increasing the ttk.. It looks and sounds like it needs it a little bit.

      • Twitter is pretty simple @disqus_C2tLIIb3kr:disqus, you should try it some day. 😉

        • ScOott

          I have, I couldn’t get on with it lol, I’m not really into social media sites, but it would be Kool to be able to message the devs if I could get my head round it.

          • Siftblade of Rivia

            It’s not that hard. You type @CallofDuty then type your question and post it.

          • DanDustEmOff

            You just follow the dev of your choice, like Rubin, Vahn, Condry etc… and send them a tweet. although don’t bother tweeting Condry or Tinah they never bother to read or reply. I have had a brief conversation with Rubin about netcode and Vahn does read them but he doesn’t reply. I tweeted Vahn about implementing a penalty for backing out of the game like what happens in FIFA and it actually got put into BO2. It may have been on the cards but I like to think that they took my idea and used it.

          • ScOott

            Yh ok i might give it another go, any problems I’m contacting you!

      • Nicholas Tipps

        the taken king ? ttk conformed? destiny fanboy? <3

        • Freeze

          I LOVE DESTINY

  • MichiganerE

    So this is how each of the CoD games reuse the same things in different ways.

  • Mikey9835

    Portal gun in background Portal 3 confirmed. Actually portal gun as a specialist ability lets make that happen.

  • Freeze

    Uplink is fun. But I only play DOM and TDM

  • Kyle Soule

    Can I get some free upvotes too? I am a very good friend of Sc0ott’s.

    • FazalGaming

      fek uuu

      • Kyle Soule

        Fuk u 2. I was kidding.

    • ScOott

      lmao, il give you a free upvote, but I think you have completely misunderstood my comment, I wasn’t actually asking for free upvotes, I was taking the pee out of rymongoose, As in the generic comments he makes is just for upvotes..

      And then I confirmed it was a joke by saying I was just being a lazy troll because that’s what rymongoose called me the other day..

      • Kyle Soule

        Haha I was just kidding. I wanted to see if people would actually do it.

  • Pedro R Morales

    DNA, KEM, MOAB not convinced them to bring it back in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. ???

    • Stefan Lang

      They’ve said they’re not fans of streaks like those.

  • Batman

    I have a Raibow Six Beta code, If anyone has a black ops 3 beta(xbone) Code, could we DM the codes for each other?

    I don´t have any way of pre ordering BO3 in my country, that´s why Im asking for it, please

    • burrgee

      Pre order of amazon, get the code then cancel your order, your welcome

      • Daniel

        I did it already, and it didnt work, they never gave me the code.
        🙁
        (I logged in now)
        If anyone wants to negociate it just DM me on twitter @Deniel61
        If this worked for you could you get me one? I’ll love you forever if you do
        Not even buying it from US xbox store worked Im desperate

        • Smayo

          I recieved an email last week that my beta code is send to me on August 12th before 8pm, I didn’t pre order on amazon tho, but maybe they do it similar…

  • The Flash

    How about you bring Infected over too

    • FazalGaming

      I think it may only be a SHG & IW thing since Infected started out on MW3 which was made by both SHG & IW.

      • The Flash

        Uplink started out by SHG – and due to popularity 3arc brought it over, Infected is so fun on MW3 and was/is such a popular custom mode, but it was ruined in Ghosts and in Advanced Warfare with stupid long knife anims, lack of 18 players and exo glitches. Maybe 3arc can do it justice. Its the one thing MW3 did right

  • Brad

    I think treyarch and SHG should take notes from IW and put field orders in the game, just don’t put crazy ones like a KEM strike I always loved the field order system, treyarch should also have put supply drops and weapon variants in, that was the best thing about AW

    • RdJokr

      As long as there isn’t a teabagging order. Seriously, who thought it was a good idea to put that in?

      • Someone who thought it was funny and it was pretty funny.

      • GinsuVictim

        Fine by me. It was the easiest way to get a care package.

  • RdJokr

    I feel that Treyarch and Sledgehammer have a much better working relationship than with IW. They can really feed off each other and develop some good ideas. Sledgehammer just needs to improve their communication with fans, and it would really help to make their next game better.

  • Prostidude

    Im laughing so hard. Vondy seemed so happy, when he wasn’t speaking all you heard *Heavy Breathing*.

  • Johnny52

    Xx_COLSEY_xX, great idea, I’d like to play such game mode 🙂
    That’s excactly what COD needs – new, inovative game modes suggested by the community 🙂
    I had a few ideas of my own for game modes, there are 2 of them (the best ones in my opinion):

    1. Hide and Seek – Some object (bomb/special weapon/gear etc) is hidden in the map. each player has to find that object, and if it is found, the player who found it gets exposed on the minimap for 30 seconds.
    In this time period, the other players must take control of the object, if someone else takes control of it, he can hide the object for the next round, and then becomes a defender (he must prevent other players from achieving the object, while he can’t “steal it” for himself).
    The player who found the object in most of the rounds is the winner.
    2. Lava world – In a tower-like map, all players must reach as high ground as they can, while the floor gets closer and closer to them…
    The map is divided by floors, and each floor has its obstacles to pass and objective to complete in order to unlock the next floor.
    The last player alive is the winner.

    If you like any of these ideas you’re invited to support and suggest some game modes of your own 🙂

  • Yankeephil

    A gamemode I would want to see is Breach from SOCOM, it’s like SnD with a twist. The defenders are barricaded in a fortess and you need to use C4 to gain access

    • ScOott

      What happend to SOCOM, it used to be a really great army game suprised they ended the series.

  • çħιđєɾå™

    momentum should return

    • Greasy Neckbeard

      fuck that

      • çħιđєɾå™

        Lol it was a great chaotic game mode although I raged a lot when playing it, but it was my favorite game mode in aw

  • Greasy Neckbeard

    Uplink is gay, why does anyone like it?

    • Redrum

      yeah i H8 uplink

    • jooker-jr

      It’s fun ? That’s a reason for u.

      • Greasy Neckbeard

        It’s not fun it’s a piece of shit

        • jooker-jr

          Your opinion.

  • iext23

    “…Vahn said seeing fan reaction to Uplink in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare convinced them to bring it back in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.” Then he obviously didn’t see the fans’ reactions.

    • jooker-jr

      How was it ? I love uplink.

      • iext23

        The majority of opinions I saw were negative. It took me a long time to find a positive one.

  • Jannick Jansen

    Actually, I am very hyped for BO3 but also kinda curious about IW next in 2016! I heard that the develpers of Titanfall ( also helped with MW2 ) are working back with IW! So i hope that they wont make a mistake and learn of their faults of ghosts!

  • jooker-jr

    IW made infected, SHG made uplink, treyarch made gun game.

    See ? Devs don’t hate each other just because they “stole” their gamemodes.