The debut trailer is already here, and now we've got the official press release.

Set in the year 2025 in what is called a "21st Century Cold War," Call of Duty: Black Ops II boasts advanced weaponry, robotics, and drone warfare, along with "new graphics technology," branching storylines and non-linear missions for the single-player campaign. In short, "the most groundbreaking and visceral" CoD experience yet.

This is no joke. Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg calls this new entry "the most ambitious Call of Duty ever." His statement is bold and plenty encouraging:

"We are bringing disruptive innovation to the franchise and we are doing it on several fronts. We're pushing the boundaries technologically, graphically, and from a narrative and gameplay perspective. At the same time, we need to stay true to the epic realism, authenticity, heart pumping adrenaline, and cinematic action that so many people love and expect from a Call of Duty game. Treyarch's vision for Call of Duty: Black Ops II will redefine the Call of Duty franchise for the future–both literally and figuratively."

Treyarch boss Mark Lamia added that Black Ops II will deliver something fans of the franchise "have never seen before." He says we should expect a solid and entertaining campaign, which will feature a "thought-provoking story" and even a few "meaningful choices" that should affect the outcome (a little RPG goodness, eh?). As for the multiplayer, Lamia says it will embrace "all skill levels and play styles," which should expand the already vast reach of the franchise's online appeal. Finished Lamia:

"With Call of Duty: Black Ops II, we're all in and we won't rest until we've launched nothing less than the best Call of Duty we've ever made."

Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Black Ops II

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WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

It doesn't take much to make it the most ambitious Cod though.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
8 years ago

That's not true…

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
8 years ago

Cmon world, how many people do they have to please, brody? This guys work their butts off, new engine or not. In short, yes it takes much.

Qubex
Qubex
8 years ago

Well now… those are some statements regarding CoD! Roll on hype machine, but will it look and play better than Killzone 3.

Killzone 3 is my bench mark for shooters. If Activision are proporting that a new engine is in the offing, then just maybe, they will have something I am interested in.

With Dust514 coming out, and the next Battlefield to be announced, there is still much disruptive competition for CoD… therefore it is going to have to be something very very special indeed…

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

raptassassin
raptassassin
8 years ago

Qubex Whats this hype you are on about Dust514 ? Your the only one talking about i dont see a preview the game anywere else on different websites or I dont even see it on metacrtic.

friction
friction
8 years ago

Dust 514 will be the tits 🙂

sirbob6
sirbob6
8 years ago

Ummm, you could just go to the games web site to find out. Its an MMO FPS with direct interaction between Dust players and PC players on Eve online. Its not out yet but the closed beta that finished up a few weeks ago. The game has had plenty of previews and editorials on other sites.

clockwyzebkny
clockwyzebkny
8 years ago

I know similar things have been said b4 but this has got me pretty excited. If they add meaningful and progressive changes to the series, it may rekindle the fire for some disgruntled fans

hellish_devil
hellish_devil
8 years ago

Meaningful choices? CoD players could think that choosing between a shotgun or a machine gun is a meaningful choice.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
8 years ago

Haha I like that…

AshT
AshT
8 years ago

LMAO


Last edited by AshT on 5/3/2012 1:40:37 AM

AcidReign91
AcidReign91
8 years ago

On one hand, I don't want to get this because they seriously need to update the game engine, but on the other hand, even with the criticisms, it's a lot of fun to play. Decisions, decisions….

playaplus
playaplus
8 years ago

Call of duty: resistance…yea ok…i'll go play Resistance burning skies

Naksy
Naksy
8 years ago

That's how it goes these days… Developer announces a new game and the very next day they say that *enter game name here* is their most ambitious game yet… Of course if they said "this game isnt as good as the last one" who'd buy it right?

raptassassin
raptassassin
8 years ago

Naksy also dont forget *enter game name here* will push the ps3 or 360 to its limits. *cough* Crytek *cough*, *cough*

kraygen
kraygen
8 years ago

No new engine, no ambition.

Jawknee
Jawknee
8 years ago

I concur.

FxTales
FxTales
8 years ago

It's just hype.

AshT
AshT
8 years ago

I was just wondering why do they even need to hype it, it will outsell everything (combined) anyway

ulsterscot
ulsterscot
8 years ago

save the new engine for the next gen consoles.

i hope they dont change it up too much – im old – i don't like change …

___________
___________
8 years ago

thats not exactly saying much………..

Squirrelicus
Squirrelicus
8 years ago

Wringing every last drop out of a 5 year old game engine isn't exactly pushing technology.

xenris
xenris
8 years ago

7 year engine I think. Pretty sure its a heavily modded version of the CoD 2 engine. But it gets confusing when you read about it. Because apparently it started out as a heavily modded Quake 3 engine…which just blows my mind.

Nas Is Like
Nas Is Like
8 years ago

I highly doubt that. Call of Duty 4 will forever be king of Call of Duty series.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
8 years ago

Yea CoD4:MW is one of the best shooters this generation, I'd go as far as one of the best games this generation. So yea that'll be tough to top. If they do it, then the consumers win. But nobody would admit to that, I don't think.

JackDillinger89
JackDillinger89
8 years ago

While call of duty can use a new refined engine, the same old one still looks good.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
8 years ago

It does look good. It definitely still looks better than a lot of games that release. But it goes without saying, it's well past time for a new one. It would make the games better in more ways than one.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Maybe they can afford to license Epic's Unreal 4 engine next time for what's left of Infinity Ward to work with.

Darwin1967
Darwin1967
8 years ago

I get the odd feeling that xbox was in the driver seat of this latest incarnation….it basically looks like halo had a bastard child with black ops and produced Blops2. Having been an avid player of all previous COD games this one is just….well…it completely misses the mark. MW3 is a regurgitated lazy piece of work and paired with ELITE it is just plain pathetic. From prestige badges to just blanket ricochet it had "we just don't give a crap anymore" written all over it. I had high hopes for a Black Ops 2, but watching that clip was like a kick in the stomach. Change is good, don't get me wrong, but to completely step out of the box and into a dirty kitty litter box….not good and that's exactly what it appears Treyarch/Activision has done.