In a co-promotional announcement
with electronics manufacturer LG, Activision has revealing that the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops II will support stereoscopic 3D output at launch, announcing discount purchasing offers on 3D TV sets at participating North American retailers:
“As game developers and storytellers, we want to take advantage of every opportunity to immerse players in the Call of Duty: Black Ops II experience and LG’s 3D technology helps to do just that,” said Mark Lamia, studio head of developer Treyarch. “We are thrilled to team up with LG, which shares this same passion to bring gamers to the edge of their seats with realistic visuals and heart-pounding gameplay. And with LG Dual Play, for the first time ever, two players can each have their own full-screen experience while playing Multiplayer or Zombies split-screen.”
Additionally, the same 3D tech will also allow two players to play fullscreen 2D game on a single television, when used with glasses that have either 2 right eye or left eye lenses:
For gamers who love playing split-screen with friends or foes, but hate splitting the screen, these LG TVs offer the solution with a feature called “Dual Play,” which allows gamers to see two completely different full-screen images on the same screen, at the same time.
Dual Play works by applying LG’s CINEMA 3D technology to a 2D split-screen game; the effect is two 2D images projected simultaneously. Dual Play glasses (required and sold separately) come with either two left- or two right-eye lenses, so instead of combining those images, the lenses filter only one image to each user. The result is the magnificence of the full screen for both players. Gamers have no fear, Dual Play works with most current gaming systems or even older consoles as long as it is a split-screen game.
Technical details are almost completely absent from the press release, and doesn't explicitly confirm if 3D capability will be supported on all platforms. However it does acknowledge the game's release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows PC, and Wii U, which implies all four will offer the functionality.
We can also only presume that the game won't operate in the much-touted 60 frames per second on consoles when 3D or Dual Play are enabled. The feature usually results in at least a 50% framerate reduction in supported games.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops II is due on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on November 13th 2012 for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, with a Wii U version to follow on the console's November 30th launch.