Black Ops Declassified minus zombies equals no sales

Activision had promised at E3 that the upcoming Black Ops: Declassified game on PS Vita would be the ‘full’ Call of Duty experience that players have become used to seeing on console. Despite that statement, Activision has just dropped a bombshell by saying that the game will not have a zombies mode – confirmed.

To say we’re disappointed by no zombies is a huge understatement. The game doesn’t look particularly amazing either from a graphics point of view after seeing screenshots from developers Nihilistic, and this latest bit of news may end up being the final nail in the coffin, for those that were still on the fence as to whether to pick up the game or not.

It’s obviously a major blow that zombies is not coming to the Vita, but Activision’s reasoning behind the move may infuriate some of you even further. The publisher has said that zombies won’t be available in Declassified, because their 4v4 online multiplayer mode is taking priority.

That is the online multiplayer mode which features rehashed watered down versions of the same maps in Black Ops, just to remind you. There will be a survival mode put into the game called ‘Hostiles’, where you have to endure endless waves, but they won’t be the nazi zombies that we have all grown to love.

The whole thing just leaves us with a bad taste in our mouths – why couldn’t Activision just hire Treyarch to make the Vita version and get it as close to the console version of their Black Ops original as possible? It goes without saying that the game is going to suffer from a loss in sales, now that gamers are aware that there won’t be a zombies mode.

We were promised a full Call of Duty experience on the Vita, but we definitely don’t see it at the moment. Will this now end up being the only Call of Duty game on Sony’s handheld? We have a feeling that the game is going to have a lot more in common with Resistance: Burning Skies than first thought.

What is your initial reaction to Activision’s decision to leave out zombies, in favor of the online 4v4 multiplayer mode? Are you still willing to buy the game, or has Activision blown it?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Wii u purchase on the cards now, bye bye vita


I’m waiting for killzone mercenary check the trailer


You know what activision, not only have you screwed yourselves for not adding zombies to the game, your severely damaging the PS Vitas reputation. It hasnt got any great games yet, theres good games but not any great ones. I have never regreted buying a console but I’m beginning to regret buying this, it’s a good system and all you can do with it is try scam us out of more money by selling a half baked game at full price. If the console goes on like this, it will die and a large portion of the blame will go… Read more »

Michael Xiong

wow no zombies becuz this no mw3 its black ops so it should have zombies instead of surviva A.K.A Hostiles

Devin Hall

I can understand why Sony would want to bring CoD to the Vita, but they shouldn’t because it’s really an xbox game. They should focus on bringing their own franchises to the Vita and making Vita only ones as well. The best game on Vita is Gravity Rush. Stick with what they already have and making some other vita games and it’ll all be fine. What true PlayStation fan would really want Call of Duty at the top of their list anyways?


If that’s the case, then I don’t see why Activision would bother even releasing it this year. They could have a HUGE hit on their hands if it is done right, or they can turn off gamers towards the Vita versions if they screw this up.

Then again, we are talking about the same publisher that killed off both the Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero franchises, so I guess this is par for the course for Activision.

Michael Weston
Michael Weston

The promise of a console quality COD on the go was a big selling point for the Vita. Seems like each release for this system is underwhelming except for LBP. I also can’t believe they are charging $50 for this. Loks like it’s time to cut my losses and sell my Vita. I’m sure I’ll be able to pick up another one next Christmas for $99 or less if these trends continue.


Wow this game just keeps getting more crappier by the minute:
* No proper campaign
*No zombies
* Crappy 4v4 online with small maps
Screw pre-ordering, I’m waiting till it comes out and even then I’ll only probably get it Pre owned. I have Resistance burning skies and it was ok but a lot could have been improved, the campaign was short, the online has a OP shotgun which every one uses and there are so many glitches. Please dont screw up COD Nihilistic

Ben German
Ben German

Zombies was one of the reasons I was looking forward to this game. This could have been the chance to define the PS Vita, and with few standalone games out for this magnificent console, I really do not feel that my money was well spent on something with so little support from 3rd Party developers. Disappointed IS an understatement, and therefore you have lost one sale from me.

RIP CoD Black Ops: Declassified


Even the Wii had Zombies. It was only one map but hell at least it had zombies.

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