Call of Duty is one of the most popular shooters in the gaming industry today, and the yearly iterations it receives continue to ensure that. Part of the franchise’s rise was aided by a popular mode that debuted in Call of Duty: World At War, and it is a mode simply known as Zombies.
Expectations were quite low for the type of impact Zombies would have on World At War, but it turned out that the mode’s popularity surpassed anyone’s wildest dreams. Zombies has grown into an experience in and of itself, so it makes people wonder if Zombies will ever get something bigger, perhaps it’s own release.
“All I see is twinkling stars at that point, which is where do we want to go? How do we go? There’s this wonderful thing now which is consistent. It makes sense as a connected entity, and you can pick any one of those threads and move into the next thing…And I think that’s the thing that’s so exciting about it: Zombies mode is boundless,” Treyarch’s Jason Blundell told GamesRadar.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 featured the latest installment in the Zombies sub-series and it was by far the most in-depth and involved version yet. With a separate progression system and so many intricate parts to the mode itself, Zombies is clearly becoming something more than just a separate mode within Call of Duty.
When Zombies mode was first being created, the mode was showed off to Activision executives and they had the same reaction that gamers had to it, adoration. Even though they enjoyed what they saw when the mode was proposed for World At War, they said it could be in the game with the condition that no one talk about the mode prior to launch.
“The deal – interestingly enough – the deal that got struck about it was: ‘OK, you can put it in, but don’t talk about it. We’re not going to promote it, we’re not going to market it’. It was going to be ‘We will put it in at the end, and see what turns out,'” Blundell said.
Obviously, Call of Duty: World At War turned out to be one of the best iterations in the series, and Zombies played a major role in that being the case. This year’s Call of Duty essentially featured Zombies as a separate game experience and was easily the deepest Zombies we’ve seen yet.
It’s hard to say a separate game for Zombies would be successful, as it would need to have a lot more depth than what we saw in Black Ops 3. Still though the possibility is there if Activision and Treyarch do it right. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is available now on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.