It's April 12, 2013, and I haven't seen ANY footage on the spy vs. merc multiplayer that Ubisoft supposedly said they were going to bring back. The developers keep saying that they want this to be one continuous game where there is a central hub to seamlessly play either multiplayer, coop or the single player. I'm sorry to sound like a Debbie Downer here, but how can they possible bring back the "true" Chaos-theory-like multiplayer if it is like the single player??!!
Like it or not (it didn't bother me at all), Ubisoft created two very different games...the single player and the multiplayer. There was no "story" to the multiplayer...the spies tried to complete their objective on different maps and the mercs tried to stop them...period. Simple, but ingenuous in implementation. It was the classic hide and seek, but on steroids.
I'm a huge old school (i.e., from Pandora and Chaos Theory) multiplayer fan, and Blacklist, like Conviction, will be a no-buy for me if the multiplayer is terrible (or not there--see Conviction--in future games). The online cry for the Chaos Theory spy vs. merc is definitely out there (and has been for YEARS), but it seems like the cries fell on deaf ears. I hope the devs don't mess it up again...for the old school multiplayers, that is. But, I don't have high hopes, particularly since we are hearing such a push to have the single player "match" the multiplayer. And without any footage on the multiplayer, I can't decide whether to even pre-order.