Call of Duty: Black Ops II game design director David Vonderhaar has revealed that the game’s multiplayer will not feature deathstreaks. The news came during an interview with One of Swords, when Vonderhaar was asked about the inclusion of the much hated Last Stand perk.

“There’s no Second Chance; there’s no Last Stand, there’s no Final Stand,” Vonderhaar explained “There’s no combination whatsoever of perk or deathstreak that puts the guy in the “downed” state in multiplayer. It’s still used as the revival state in Zombies when you get downed. But it’s not in multiplayer—there is no perk and there are no deathstreaks [emphasis ours], so there is no Final Stand or equivalent of it. Absolutely not. Please stop yelling at me.”

Deathstreaks previously appeared in Modern Warfare 2 and 3, but not in the first Black Ops, so it’d been unclear whether or not they’d make the cut this time around.

Some  smaller but equally exciting tidbits from the interview include the news that you scorestreak rewards will loop back around in same life and that Black Ops II will feature an improved version of the first game’s emblem creator.

Black Ops II is out November 13th for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. The game is also expected to launch on the Wii U, though a release date has not yet been announced.


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