Surprise! Call of Duty Black Ops 2 gets a May reveal according to the latest poster
Black Ops looks all but confirmed as leaked poster suggests we’ll be seeing … something next month
Didn’t like the last Call of Duty title, or were you a bit bored of the franchise? Whatever, there’s a new Call of Duty game coming. Color me surprised.
The news comes from a leaked poster from a “retail source,” according to Kotaku. The poster is pretty sparse, showing a 05/02/2012 date – which could be a reveal trailer – and the tagline “Return for debriefing.” While the tagline doesn’t reveal anything about the plot of what is likely going to be Black Ops 2, the original took place in flashback memories as the main protagonist was interrogated. So perhaps we’ll pick up from those events, as ‘return’ suggests this will be a sequel.
And don’t think that Call of Duty is releasing in May. The titles traditionally release during the fall, around November, so expect that again. The date likely points towards a cryptic teaser trailer. Of course, there’s no confirmation.
Back in February, a French site was banned and then unbanned from Activision events after reporting a Black Ops sequel would arrive in 2012. The site was unbanned after receiving a call from Activision, blaming the ban on a misunderstanding.
Same game, tired formula
It’s difficult to get excited about Call of Duty releases. They’re happening so often, and offering so little in terms of improvements, that unless you’re totally on board with the franchise there’s nothing new to offer. The franchise has rode on the success of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which revitalized the franchise as it was stuck in World War 2. The franchise is in a similar situation again, with modern settings – and America vs the world plots – done. As a sequel Black Ops 2 will be in that vein, but the next Call of Duty title has to bring new things to the franchise.
While controversial, Halo 4 is at least shaking up the formula with new mechanics and tweaked game modes while retaining the Halo ‘feel.’ Call of Duty needs to find a way of doing the same, while maintaining the large weapon sandbox and adrenaline-pumping gameplay.
Stay tuned for news on May 2.