In the company’s quarterly financial statement, Activision announced the release of the next installment in the Call of Duty series. Of course, no information regarding its title was revealed; however, rumors suggest that Treyarch might be prepping for Black Ops 2.

Both Black Ops and Modern Warfare 3 introduced unique additions to the series, but what should Black Ops 2 implement to be the next best Call of Duty?

1. Implement the Original Theater Mode

Call of Duty: Black Ops introduced a flawless theater mode compared to that of Modern Warfare 3. I’d like to see Black Ops 2 return to the original theater mode, bringing back the original controls, the option to record in first-person, the ability to toggle the HUD, and the return of the Dolly Cam feature.

I also want to see the return of the ‘theater lobby,’ and be able to share clips among friends.

Of course, just the same old Theater mode isn’t enough, at least, not without added features. It would be great to have the option to use theater mode in Spec Ops Survival and Zombies mode as well; however,that may be a bit tricky.

2. Return of COD Points & Wager Matches

Treyarch introduced a great new addition to Black Ops by implementing ‘COD Points.’ It was an interesting change from just “ranking up” to get the next weapon or equipment. Instead of just unlocking everything by level, players had the chance to buy what they actually want to use in the game.

Plus, without it, the next Call of Duty won’t be able to add in ‘Wager Matches.’ Black Ops’s Wager Matches were a great addition in the game, a different, unique type of multiplayer experience. In fact, I go back to Black Ops just to play it – to set aside ‘killstreaks’ and ‘objectives, ’ and ‘custom classes.’ It was was simply just for “fun.”

The next Call of Duty shouldn’t introduce all new Wager modes however. Bring back the old options as well as introduce new ones.

3. Improved Customization of Character / Emblems

Customization has become a big part of Call of Duty, especially after the release of Black Ops. Black Ops and Modern Warfare 3 added unique options to each game: customizable reticules & colors, proficiencies (MW3), face paint (Black Ops), emblems, etc. It only makes sense that Black Ops 2 furthers customization options.

I think Black Ops 2 should allow for customization of the character & his appearance, improved weapon customization (for secondary weapons too), and of course, further customization of emblems.

4. Variation in Maps

Black Ops 2 needs a different variation of multiplayer maps. Of course, the maps in Call of Duty: Black Ops & Modern Warfare 3 are some of the best (i.e. Nuketown), and maps as such should return; however, it’s also time for something new.

I would like to see a few bigger maps, Battlefield 3 style, and more verticality, to change up the gameplay a bit. In fact, introducing changeable / destructible environments, and bringing back interactive maps from Black Ops would make the experience more realistic.

5. Bring Back the Pointstreak System

Modern Warfare 3’s Pointstreak system introduced a great, different way to play, completely new to the series, and it works! In fact, ‘strike packages’ encouraged unique types of gameplay that would make Black Ops 2 multiplayer experience even more enjoyable.

I would, however, like to see more interactive killstreaks as Black Ops included, rather than just clicking a button for an ‘attack helicopter,’ for example.

In my opinion, Black Ops 2 could be the greatest entry to the Call of Duty series if it implemented these features; however, Treyarch should also take into mind the original ones, such as ‘Combat Training,’ and the ‘Dolphin Dive’ mechanic.

What would you, the community, like to see return in the next Call of Duty? What new features would you like implemented, and which would you remove? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.