Well, as if there was any doubt, Activision has finally pulled the curtain back on it’s next Call of Duty title, Black Ops 2. It also appears that developer Treyarch is taking a page out of Tom Clancy’s book as BO2 is moving to the near future in the year 2025.
Black Ops 2 introduces players to a dual timeline this time around. You’ll be returning to Black Ops 1 main character Alex Mason during the 1980’s Cold War while the rest of the game will be spent with his son David Mason in the year 2025 as a new Cold War has broken out between China and the US. The major villain this time around is a man named Raul Menendez and the team at Treyarch is trying to shed some more light on the villain instead of writing him off as generic bad guy #1. You’ll see his downfall in the 1980’s arch with Alex Mason as Menendez suffers his breaking point which directly impacts his terror actions in the future setting off the war between China and the US. Resident badass Sgt Frank Woods makes a return (somehow defying death when he jumped out of a window wrapped around a guy loaded with explosives) although he looks to be about 100 years old based on the debut trailer. Finally, no word if series regular, Victor Reznov, makes a return in some form, though I hope so because dammit, the world needs more Gary Oldman.
Treyarch was light on gameplay elements, but they did highlight one called Strike Force missions which is their attempt to open the game for more player choice than in franchise past. These missions seem to be optional, but have a major impact on the storyline as a whole based on their outcomes. Yes, you can fail and that will change the game in some form. Key characters can die, the story can change, and missions can get easier or harder all depending on these missions. Not only that, you can pick a person, unit, or even command the force from the Overwatch position if you don’t want to get your hands dirty. It seems to be pulling in some RTS elements mixed with a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ book.
For those wondering, Zombies were also confirmed but virtually no details were given outside of the fact that it’ll be using the multiplayer engine this time around.
There’s certainly a lot to digest here and it’ll be interesting to see how the community reacts to these additions to the Call of Duty franchise. I’m fairly certain that we’ll be seeing this one on Day 1 at the Microsoft E3 Press Conference, so we’re about a month away from learning more. Black Ops 2 is slated to launch on November 13 for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
Curious for more? Here’s the debut trailer. Enjoy!