Call of Duty: Black Ops screenshot
Call of Duty: Black Ops screenshot

Treyarch community manager Josh Olin has discussed Call of Duty: Black Ops' bug-laden reputation on the PS3 and PC, and added that the studio is making "every effort to ensure that every fan is happy."

Speaking to in an interview last week, Olin pointed out that many of the game's current bugs exist on all three platforms. "The PS3 and the PC issues are not exclusive to the PS3 and PC - the Xbox 360 has had its own fair share of issues. Every platform has issues."

"It is unfortunate that those [bugs] have to exist at all. In an ideal would we would love to ship a completely bug-proof game. I can't think of a single developer in the world, though, that could achieve that," he added.

Singling out the PS3 version of Black Ops - which has so far enjoyed a reputation of being inferior to the Xbox 360 version - Olin pointed out that the vast majority of PS3 players are happy with the game. "There's hundreds of thousands - if not millions - of players on the PS3 who have absolutely perfect, pristine experiences," he said. "I talk to them everyday - I see @replies to me on Twitter all the time from people going 'I don't know what people are complaining about. The game is perfect for me!' So they do exist. I know that doesn't make the people who are experiencing problems feel any better, but it should put it into perspective."

Olin also pointed out the difficulty of maintaining the world's most popular online shooter. "If you look at the population size of the Call of Duty franchise, just a single hour of gameplay collectively after the game's been out - you add up all the man-hours that all the fans put into it - that's more time than you could put into Quality Assurance in a lifetime."

"The sheer number of people [playing] is staggering, and they hit buttons and they hit glitches and walls in such weird, strange ways that we could never predict or think of," he said.

Treyarch is focused on nipping problems in the bud, however. "When they pop up, though, it's really important that we are well equipped to quickly address them and quickly patch them," says Olin. "So we've had, like, six or seven patches, depending on which platform you play on, since the game came out - so we're talking six or seven patches over the span of two to three months. That's a lot of post-release support, and that's something that we're going to continue - that's not going to stop."

"Even if the bug is only hurting a hundred fans, if we can find the cause we'll patch it," he added.

Call of Duty: Black Ops, which received a 9/10 from, launched in November 2010 to become the fastest-selling game in history. Olin agrees that the game "definitely exceeded expectations in a pretty profound manner."

The game's first DLC map pack, the 8/10 grabbing First Strike, was released last week as a timed exclusive on Xbox 360.

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Gollum_85's Avatar


The only bug i've had is when repelling down and smashing through the window in the snowy level, the other guy didn't open the door for us to advance, so I had to restart the level!
Posted 22:04 on 08 February 2011


Pc server browser still don't work. Fix that bug
Posted 16:54 on 08 February 2011
mikejosh1978's Avatar


i don't expect a bug free online these days but a single player game should be near perfect as the issues recent games have had are in todays market unforgivable.
If Activision and its CoD devs did more server side than the bare minimum they do now then maybe we wouldn't have so much to complain about ?
Posted 16:23 on 08 February 2011
dav2612's Avatar

dav2612@ Bloodstorm

Having most of the bugs gone is only possible if they have the time to do so and take the time to properly test the fix and the software as a whole... something which they don't seem to do.
Posted 15:31 on 08 February 2011
Bloodstorm's Avatar


Yea but having most of the bugs gone is possible, lazy, amateur coding again from Treyarch.

Also, what do people expect from a game that was ported to the PS3 from the 360? I dont need to mention "No xbox live party chat" on the PS3 to prove that point.

It's been proven time and time again that the patches they release to squash bugs cause more harm than good, examples being the mutliple killstreak bug (3 RCs or 2 gunships at once) or the now infamous spawn kill bug, players would spawn only to die again if the enemy player kept shooting the player while they were dying or something like that. It's not on and i cant see myself or my family buying another COD game again.
Posted 14:52 on 08 February 2011
dav2612's Avatar


Customers always expect the impossible.
Posted 13:53 on 08 February 2011
Woffls's Avatar


"Bug free" is damn near impossible. Even Mario Galaxy had a glitch or two, and that's about as refined a game as you can play. It's unfair to expect games to be without bugs, and people should acknowledge that the more people play your game, the more that can go wrong with it.

I'm not saying the number of bugs in Codblops is acceptable - because I've not yet played it - but it should just be cleared up in case there's anyone who thinks bugs aren't in practically every game ever.
Posted 13:48 on 08 February 2011

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