In a new interview with GamesBeat, Jason Blundell (Director & Executive Producer of Zombies at Treyarch) gives a glimpse of the reasoning behind many design decisions on the Zombies mode. The interview dives into the topics of difficulty and story with the overall subject being what makes Black Ops 4 Zombies Social, Deep, and Customizable.
A significant gameplay question which was answered is the highest possible Round in Black Ops 4 Zombies. As Blundell answered, in Black Ops 3 the Round limit was 255 while in Black Ops 4 it has been increased all the way to 1,024.
GamesBeat: How many rounds are we talking about across each one? We definitely didn’t hit the max. I think we made it 13 or so.
Blundell: To give you an idea, in the past we had a hard cap limit at 255. We’ve removed that limit now. The maximum round limit you can hit in Black Ops IV is 1024. We also introduced difficulty levels now. There’s the easy difficulty, all the way up to realistic. Our hardcore group, who play it every single day and have been playing for the last 10 years, on a normal day they hit round 100 without breaking a sweat. When we set it to realistic, the maximum they normally get to is 12.
We’ve made the hard even harder, if you want to go up there, but then we put easy in. If someone’s a beginner, a newcomer, they can put bots in. They can set it to easy. They can have a more fluid experience, get into the mode and find their feet.
This is likely a technical limitation as 1,024 is represented as 10,000,000,000 in binary notation. That being said, it will be quite some time before players are able to even think about achieving Rounds that high.
Check out the full interview for more!