In an interview with VideoGamer.com
, Call of Duty: Black Ops' online director Dan Hunting confirmed that party chat will be restricted in the game's multiplayer like it was in MW2.
"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."
While the full list of which modes will/won't allow party chat is being kept under wraps, Bunting confirmed that the restriction will apply to fewer modes than it did in Modern Warfare 2, stating that "We've taken it out of any game mode where it doesn't make sense to have it."
It's also been specified that Team Deathmatch isn't one of those modes, so Xbox Live Parties will work as standard when playing TD online.
Call of Duty: Black Ops is scheduled for release worldwide on November 9th.