‘Black Ops’ in 3D

SANTA MONICA (California): As if the gun-toting action in Call of Duty: Black Ops wasn’t expected to feel real enough in high definition, Activision Blizzard Inc said the latest entry in its successful first-person-shooter videogame franchise will be released in 3D.

Mark Lamia, studio head at developer Treyarch, said Black Ops will be available in 3D as an option for the Xbox 360, PlayStation3 and PC editions of the game when it is released Nov 9.

He said the game would be the same if played in 2D or 3D and that no content was created especially for the 3D version, though it looks much more immersive.

“When you’re looking at the game in 3D, the space you’re looking at feels real,” said Lamia. “When I’ve got a weapon, and I’m painting a red dot on an enemy target, I’m painting a red dot on an enemy target. When I’m aiming down the sights, I’m aiming down the sights. When someone’s down the corridor, it feels like somebody’s down that corridor — for real.”

Black Ops, the seventh instalment in the Call of Duty shoot-’em-up saga, will take aim at the Cold War, thrusting players into a time-hopping adventure that involves military cover-ups and shoot-outs in locales such as Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cuba and Russia. The game will also include extensive online multiplayer and co-operative “zombie” modes.

“We haven’t actually changed any art in the game as a result of 3D,” Lamia said. “It’s the same high-quality, high-fidelity art in both experiences. It’s all engineering that’s gone into that. I think people are going to be shocked when they see it because they’re going to think that we crafted art or experiences for 3D because it looks so good in 3D.”

The gaming medium is well suited to be displayed in 3D because most modern games are already created in three virtual dimensions, unlike many films and TV shows that must either be filmed with special cameras or converted to 3D.

At this early stage, however, many gamers have yet to adopt the in-your-face technology because it requires a 3D TV and glasses.

Only a handful of games, such as Ubisoft’s Avatar: The Game and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Batman: Arkham Asylum, are available on the Xbox 360 and PS3 in 3D, while hundreds of games, including Electronic Arts’ Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Capcom’s Resident Evil 5, can be played on a PC in 3D with the right equipment. — AP

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