Activision Blog has posted an interview with Treyarch’s Jason Blundell, and Blundell answered some questions about Classified, the bonus Black Ops 4 Zombies map available at launch on October 12 with the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Black Ops Pass.
Here’s Jason Blundell’s full response regarding Classified:
So, Classified follows the Ultimus crew. The Ultimus crew is the crew that we started with back in World at War. For those of you who want to study the Latin, that’s the Ultimus crew and then there’s the Primus crew. Primus is the new crew that we followed in Origins, and so far is who we followed all the way through Black Ops III.
But Ultimus crew we have not touched in a while. The Ultimus crew is really more stereotypes of their characters: there is a lot more boasting, a lot more breaking the fourth wall and talking to the player, and we’ve not used them in quite a long time. They are also the gang that we saw in Zombie Chronicles because that featured a remake of those very old maps. So, we saw them a little bit, but we’ve not made a new Ultimus story in many, many years. This is the first one in a while.
It also allows us to do some fun stuff. Back when Pentagon was done back in the original Black Ops, it was very much made as a one-off map. It was a novelty map. It was a different kind of experience because it featured Nixon, Kennedy, Castro and McNamara and those kind of guys. It was a one-off map made for novelty, but as time went on, we had to solve the question of where did that sit in the big story? And to do so we had to write a lot of assumptions. “Okay, this is what happened.” And we’ve been using that to educate the decisions we’ve made in the storyline, but we’ve never actually told the story of, “Why were the zombies in the Pentagon? What did that have to do with the major storyline of the game?”
So, we’re actually now able to come back now and spell it out. I think the other thing that’s very exciting about that map is that there are a bunch of really big questions the community has had for many, many years, and Classified will finally answer them. There are a handful of answers that are big ones, and they will send some ripples through the community. Classified will stir things up a little bit.