[Update 3] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has been formally announced – watch the shocking debut trailer now! [End of Update 3]
[Update 2] The official Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 website has gone live with setting information and box art – get the details over here. [End of Update 2]
[Update 1] The first ever screenshots for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 have been released ahead of schedule – get them over here. [End of Update 1]
Call of Duty fans and perennial franchise naysayers alike will be looking forward to tonight when Activision makes a formal announcement of the next game from Treyarch – a game that is all but confirmed to be titled Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
While we’ve come to expect a new Call of Duty game every year, it’s at least a little strange that concrete evidence of 2012’s edition of the series only really came about earlier this month, when a promotional flier from a US retailer made its way into the hands of enthusiast press ahead of schedule.
Since then, the brakes on this Call of Duty rumour train have been well and truly released as Activision itself set about releasing teaser images and audio logs to give us clues as to the nature of the publisher’s next blockbuster shooter.
Confirmation of an upcoming announcement was sent out by Activision proper, with news of the next Call of Duty title to be revealed during during the May 1st basketball playoffs shown on US television (TNT, to be precise).
A teaser website was set up to host a series of information unlocks, the biggest of which was in the form of a video wherein a famed weapons expert at blog FPSRussia was seen controlling an unmanned (and armed) UAV – said to be 10 to 15 years advanced as far as current technology is concerned, which led many to believe that the next Call of Duty game is set in the future.
This was followed by the leaking of images depicting pre-order cards from US retail chain, Target, which not only outed the next Call of Duty’s name as ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 2,’ but also revealed a release date for the title – November 13th 2012. This news, too, was accompanied by new teaser images.
Backing up the idea that a supposed Black Ops 2 would be set in the future, a new teaser image and audio log was sent out, but with a hint of a clue leading us to believe that the game may not in fact be set in the future. Something else is afoot.
Which leads us to today, May 1st. The day of the big reveal and the release of a brand new teaser image for the next Call of Duty game – here it is:
Here it is again after applying a special series of enhancements and hours of computational work to the image (‘Auto Levels’):
And here’s that image one more time as it appears in hazy form on the official Call of Duty website:
Is that someone… praying? In handcuffs?
Another interpretation of the image has come through, with talk of a ‘zombie torture chamber.’ We don’t see it, but maybe… if you squint… and tilt your head a little…
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Now that this journey is heading to a close, we’re definitely looking forward to the big reveal of the next Call of Duty game tonight. Are you?
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