Obviously, Call of Duty 's most popular feature is its online multiplayer, which is why developer Treyarch is paying such close attention to this aspect of Black Ops II .
In speaking to OPM and as cited by CVG , multiplayer designer David Vonderhaar talks about how the team will deliver the very best online experience possible for the fans.
Right now, all we know is that the multiplayer will take place in the same universe as the campaign; the near-future of the year 2025. Well, duh. But "firm details" won't be revealed until later and in the meantime, Vonderhaar was content to tease us with a couple primary points: First, the influence eSports has had. It seems Treyarch is very interested in the sheer number of people who both play competitively and watch competitive gameplay, so that may have a big impact. Secondly, the team has been looking at developments with social media and social gaming, "particularly when it comes to optimizing user navigation tools."
For the latter, you can probably use your imagination. But the point is, don't expect the multiplayer in Black Ops II to be more of the same ol', same ol'. That might be an erroneous assumption.
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Black Ops II