Treyarch boss Mark Lamia has revealed that over 300 people are working on Call of Duty Black Ops II for the company.
The military shooter was unveiled yesterday after publisher Activision launched the game's website. An official teaser trailer soon followed, confirming the game will take place in 2025 with players assuming control of Alex Mason’s son, David.
Speaking to VentureBeat, Lamia commented: “There’s over 250 people at Treyarch, but there’s over 300 people working on the project.”
“We do have contractors and test teams that aren’t part of the company. Those others aren’t actually employees of Treyarch. But there’s over 300 people working on the game right now.”
Lamia went on to say that Black Ops II’s single-player and multiplayer offerings are “pretty big and amibitious,” while adding “they really are creating another game with the Zombies there,” hence the large dev team.
“We actually do open up anything from our side that they can have access to, but they have their own team with their own creative work,” he continued.
“Whether it’s inside of the Call of Duty franchise or, frankly, some other area of essential technology or whatever other area – if there are things that teams can access or leverage, then they do.”
“For example, the facial rig and the performance capture was something that we worked with Activision’s central technology team on quite a bit. There’s a lot of learnings there that can be applied to other teams.”
While Call of Duty developers Treyarch and Infinity Ward inject their own unique creativity in each game, Lamia observed that certain values are shared between the two teams, such as maintaining the series’ signature cinematic feel.
“I think the desire to make sure, particularly, that the multiplayer game runs at 60 frames per second and is fast-paced and precise,” he said.
“The cinematic nature of the game, I think, is sort of signature for the series. For every game that we’ve made, or Infinity Ward or some of the other developers have made, that’s an important aspect of it.”
Call of Duty Black Ops II is scheduled to ship for PlayStation 3, PC and Xbox 360 on November 13, 2012.