Treyarch has eased the Xbox Live party chat restrictions for Call of Duty: Black Ops because not all of the blocks instated by Infinity Ward for Modern Warfare 2 were really necessary.

"We've taken it out of any game mode where it doesn't make sense to have it," COD: Black Ops online director Dan Bunting explained to VideoGamer.com, referring specifically to the block removal from Team Deathmatch.

But, he continued: "We have that same restriction in certain playlists where they can use party chat to exploit the game mode. For example, Search and Destroy. Search and Destroy is one of those cases where it's really critical that you don't share information with anybody on the other team because it's a very tactical, hardcore game mode."

Team deathmatch and Search and Destroy, as well as the wave-based Zombies co-op mode, are the only game types confirmed for Call of Duty: Black Ops so far.

It'll be released on 9th November.

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