Call of Duty Black Ops Zombies mode has always had a certain strategy and approach. Every player knows it, and everyone has some variation of their own. In Call of Duty Black Ops 3’s Shadows of Evil mode however, players should expect some wrinkles and shakeups to their old tricks. Campaign and Zombies Director Jason Blundell spoke exclusively with Examiner about how they’re mixing things up in regards to zombie AI and shares his favorite lines along with Multiplayer Director Dan Bunting.
“The fundamentals of the AI stays the same throughout the experience,” said Blundell, “We’ll introduce a mini-boss character or a significant character who is this three headed, tentacle thing. Then we have flying parasites that are flying through the air. We have rolling meatballs, which are these fleshy things that roll around and spit blood out you know the usual stuff.”
Blundell remarked that the team has worked to change the AI a bit from previous versions, while still making it a challenge but creating unique instances where each zombie might react a little differently.
“It’s an updated AI system that drives zombies and we have done some spreading technology, which means a lot of core zombie players will do a thing called kiting, where the run around in small distances, and this spread technology means some zombies don’t travel as fast as others,” Blundell explained, “This means that running around in a circle won’t work as well because some zombies will lag and slap you in the face or bit your arm. That’s a product of the more expansive spaces that we’re doing.”
When pressed for details on the maps, Blundell was succinct in his explanation, revealing main maps focused on thus far,
There is the main experience, which is Shadows of Evil and if you got the Collector’s Edition, there’s a bonus map called The Giant. Those are the two main maps that we are talking about.
We asked Blundell and Multiplayer Director Dan Bunting their favorite lines in the game, and while Bunting opted for a quote from his side, Blundell went full Goldblum.
“Well I’ll go for multiplayer. Ruin has a line where after he slams down his Gravity Spike he says ‘You have a nice f*cking day now.’ (laughs)” said Bunting.
“I think I’m going to go with Niero The Magician, who is played by Jeff Goldblum, and he’s talking with the femme fatale, who is Heather Graham, and he says, ‘my name is Niero, you might’ve known me, I’m a famous magician’,” said Blundell, “She says, ‘keep away from me creep or I’ll f*cking kill you.’ (laughs)”
Call of Duty Black Ops 3 and the included Shadows of Evil zombie mode awake on November 6, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.