Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 won't be just another military shooter; it's planned as a well written, well researched military shooter, constructed by war heroes and Hollywood hotshots alike. Men like Oliver North, Peter Singer and David Goyer have added their expertise to the game.
According to Treyarch's Mark Lamia, the list of consultants and writers enlisted by Treyarch to take on the continuation of the Black Ops series includes Dark Knight Rises story writer David Goyer. Goyer was a consultant for Black Ops 1, but came onto the project while it was already in production. As soon as production ended, Goyer and Black Ops director Dave Anthony finished Black Ops, and jumped right in to writing Black Ops 2.
"[Goyer and Anthony] were so excited and so energized about the characters and the story that we created and the fiction we created for Black Ops, and they wanted to kind of push it forward, and they wanted to work together again on sort of rewriting the book on how we tell stories in Call of Duty and Black Ops," Lamia said.
Goyer, who is credited with helping to create Heath Ledger's the Joker in The Dark Knight, saw the importance of creating a three-dimensional villain character. Gamers will get to witness the evolution of the villain as he turns from man to monster through the eyes of the characters in Black Ops 1 during the Cold War. Goyer, a gamer himself, worked diligently to ensure this character was the villain the Black Ops series needed.
There aren't many men on earth who are as well-versed in Cold War intrigued as Oliver North. The Retired U.S. Marine and best-selling author lent his expertise to Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. North was at the center of Iran-Contra affair in the late 1980s, around the time when scenes in Black Ops 2 take place, and no doubt provided valuable background information on the mindset of Cold Warriors and the darker sides of the U.S.'s conflict with the forces of Communism.
We know part of Black Ops 2 will take place in the 80's but we're not sure exactly which part. In the 80's North lead the mission to hunt down those responsible for the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing and then in 1986 he helped carry out the invasion of Grenada and bombing Libya. Could Black Ops 2 feature missions that retell those war stories?
This series of events, and the events that followed, lead me to believe North specifically contributed his intelligence to a mission based of the Iran-Contra crisis, maybe even a mission taking place in Panama. Add to that the hints dropped in the Black Ops 2 trailer pointing to the historically contentious Central American country, and it looks even more likely. Of course, North's presence also hints that Zombie-Killing Ronald Reagan could be making an appearance too. Fingers crossed.
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Oliver North wasn't the only military advisor utilized by Treyarch. Lt. Col. Hank Keirsey has consulted on every Call of Duty game. Keirsey served in the army for 24 years. Within that quarter century he fought in the Persian Golf as well as teaching military history at West Point. Years in the military, both as a solider and as a historian, meant Keirsey would be perfect for consulting on Call of Duty. He's even makes a cameo in Black Ops 1 via collectible intelligence.
We've got a gripping story and an accurate depiction of the military covered, but what about the future of warfare? A lot of Black Ops takes place in 2025. That's where Peter W. Singer comes in. Singer is a political scientist and a preeminent specialist on 21st century warfare. He's been quoted in every major U.S. newspaper, delivered talks to the U.S. Congress and Pentagon and was the coordinator of the Defense Policy Task Force for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Overall he seems like a really great guy.
His book, Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century , released in 2009, takes a look at how robots and other new tech can be used for war. It also look at different ways modern and future scientific breakthroughs can be applied in the battlefield. Most of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will take place in 2025. Singer's vision of the future of combat is bound to make a huge impression on the way Black Ops 2 plays out.