7. At some point, you'll be the villain
If a player is to empathise with a villain, might he or she need to be the villain? "I would say if you're able to develop an emotional connection with the villain in a story, that is absolutely what you need for this villain to resonate" replies Anthony. A-ha! We knew it!
"You just saw LA - that's a fair ways into the story. At this point, LA has almost been totally destroyed as Menendez has taken control of the entire US drone force. You see China's in the middle of this war watching the scenario unfolds, then all of a sudden half the drone fleet changes course and starts heading for China. The entire world is in complete turmoil, Menendez is in the middle of it - the main thing for me and David was breaking the player's expectation"
"At this point when you finally get your head around the story, we turn the tables again. I can't tell you how, but this is the point in the story where it gets interesting.I would say if you're able to develop an emotional connection with the villain in a story, that is what you need for this villain to resonate. That is what Black Ops 2 is going to deliver."