Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will boast numerous new visual enhancements and technologies over previous games in the franchise to make it the best-looking CoD yet.

According to a report, PC version of Treyarch’s upcoming shooter, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will make use of DX 11 and it will not sacrifice the fluidity of 60 frames per second visuals.

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Attending a Black Ops 2 presentation for select press, Amrich got first hand info on the technical upgrades we can expect for the sequel.

Black Ops 2 will feature HDR lighting, bounce lighting, self-shadowing and a “new texture technique” called reveal mapping – all shown on Xbox 360 – according to Treyarch’s Director of Online Dan Bunting, who told Activision blogger One of Swords “lighting is what does most of the work when it comes to visual fidelity.”

There’s also a new texture technique called Reveal Mapping, which is claimed to offer big improvements in texture detail.

Amrich says that when the old way of texturing and the new way were shown side by side, the “differences were undeniable”.

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PC Gamer questioned Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia on the creative, technical and customer service decisions the developer’s facing with Black Ops 2.

Mark Lamia on dedicated servers: “We had it with Black Ops, so the architecture exists. But we haven’t yet announced exactly what that setup is going to be… We like the flexibility, just philosophically, of the dedicated server. We also like our game to be played the way we spent the last couple of years making it, and try to find that happy medium between the two.”

Lamia on combating cheats: “We know it’s a huge issue in PC gaming, for online gaming. We’ve been working on proprietary schemes, we’re not just relying on the commercial schemes … We have a lot of experience, especially after Black Ops, seeing what people were doing to the game, and… we are going to try to make it fun for as many people as possible.”

Lamia on Call of Duty Elite for Black Ops 2: “It’s one that Activision has to answer for us… Our engine’s really well-integrated with all that stuff… It takes advantage of Elite pretty nicely.”

Previously, Activision released the first artwork for Black Ops 2‘s Zombies mode and Black Ops 2 Breaks Modern Warfare 3′s Pre-Order Records.

Black Ops 2 will be released on November 13, 2012 for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.


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