Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 ushers in the return of the cooperative Zombies mode. This time they are on a bus. Well, you are on a bus, the zombies are trying to get a free ride. We've compiled a handy FAQ as a compendium to our database entry. This is everything you need to know about Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's cooperative experience spelled out in plain English.
Does Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 feature a co-op campaign?
There is no campaign co-op in Black Ops 2. The game features two modes of Zombies and multiplayer versus bots.
How many players can play Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 locally (couch co-op)?
Four players can play split screen co-op on one system.
How many players can play Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 via system link or LAN?
Four players can play via LAN or system link including combo co-op with various number of local players per system.
How many players can play Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 online?
Four players can play online together in the Zombies modes of Tranzit and Survival.
Is a Gold Membership required for additional players in combo co-op on the 360?
Yes. An online game can only be played if all players have a Gold account. Otherwise you are restricted to local co-op play.
How many players are supported in combo co-op?
Four players are supported in both LAN and online play. You can play any combination of players and systems including two split screen players with another two split screen players. (Four players on two systems)
What are the split-screen layouts for couch co-op?
Two Player Split-Screen Layout in Black Ops 2
Three Player Split-Screen Layout in Black Ops 2
Four Player Split-Screen Layout in Black Ops 2
Can I drop in or out of a game in progress?
You can drop out of a game in progress, but you can't drop into one currently in progress.
What are the network options of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2?
Custom Private, Public Matchmaking, System Link, Local
Do enemies scale based on the number of players?
There seems to be some scaling on zombie count based on the number of players.
What is the goal of Survival?
Survival maps take place on smaller subsections of the Tranzit game mode. You are tasked with defending an area and surviving as many waves of zombies as possible. As you kill zombies and rebuild structures you will be given money to buy weapons, unlock new areas, and purchase perks.
What is the goal of Tranzit?
Like survival, except a bit faster paced. A bus takes you between infested areas and the zombies are capable of attacking the bus.
Are there any hidden goals in the Zombies mode?
Teddy bears return again to give you bonus points and there are said to be several Easter Eggs surrounding the various characters in each of the maps.
Do I earn XP towards multiplayer in Zombies?
No, Zombies is completely separate mode of play. A certain gametype in Zombies, called Grief, does offer a 4 vs 4 experience in which you have separate unlocks. But these are not used in the game's other multiplayer modes.
How many maps are there in Zombies?
There is one Tranzit map (which encompasses the other maps), three Survival maps (Bus Depot, Town, Farm), and two Grief maps (Town, Farm).
What does Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's season pass get you?
The Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 season pass costs $49.99 and will allow you to download of four "epic map packs." over the course of a year. More details can be found here. It also includes the Nuketown 2025 map for Zombies.
What happened to Combat Training? Can I play the competitive multiplayer in co-op against bots?
Combat Training is there in essence, but the name itself has been removed. If you choose an offline, system link, or Custom Game you can add bots of varying difficulty to your match to fill out the roster. You can play on any of the game's 12 maps.
Do I earn XP or Unlocks towards the online ranked multiplayer in bot play?