Remember the controversial No Russian stage in Modern Warfare 2 where players are given the opportunity to gun down countless innocent civilians in an airport? Well Treyarch won't commit to such a similar design choice but they have assuringly said that the won't shy away from showing "the brutality of war."
"It's tough to say. It is a mature themed game for mature audiences and we're not shying away from the brutality or grittiness of war," said Olin.
"Capturing that level of authenticity and realism is important in trying to immerse the players.
"Anything we do will be to propel the story or illicit an emotional response from the player, to make them feel angry or righteous or sad.
"Those are all elements that help immerse the player that much more deeply into the world.
"Nothing that we'll do will be gratuitous."
Call of Duty: Black Ops hits stores on November 10 on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, complete with dedicated servers and modding.