Can we just rename November already? CallofDutvember? NovDuty? CoDvember?

Today, Activision confirmed (a little bit earlier than intended) that this year’s installment of the gargantuan franchise will, in fact, launch on November 13 and is Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. What will come as a surprise, though, is that it doesn’t appear to be a direct sequel to 2010’s Call of Duty: Black Ops.


Oh, and if you do go to the UK website where we grabbed the image above, you can’t watch the video. It’s set to “Private.” Sorry.

The teaser videos you can watch (like the one below) linked off the CoD website are both amusing and enlightening. This video features a remote drone called the “Quadrotor.” Her name is Charlene and she blows stuff up.



Toward the end, if you are listening closely, the host of the fake reality show mentions “Zombie Terrorists.” It looks like Treyarch’s signature gameplay mode will be making its return, if our Ruski friend is to be believed. A near future setting isn’t a big shock, as the series has progressed from World War II, through the Vietnam era and into present day. If I would have been forced to guess, though, I would have put money on Infinity Ward as the studio to introduce more futuristic technology to the franchise.

Now that we know when the game will take place (probably), the matter of story speculation begins. Will the game have anything to do with the events that transpired in Black Ops? Is Alex Mason going to figure in at all, or is this merely about using a recognizable name?

I’m sure more will be revealed this evening when the full trailer is unleashed.