Next Call of Duty title will be Black Ops 2?!

Earlier this month, it was revealed that a new Call of Duty game would be hitting store shelves by the end of this year. Well surprise, surprise. This announcement comes just 5 months after Activision released Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 3. The 3rd installment in the Modern Warfare franchise surpassed all previous sales records and it is more than likely that this new Call of Duty title will as well.

Recently, french blog site Game Blog has spotted a listing for the new Call of Duty installment on Amazon France. The retail website shows that the new title is already ready for pre-order and is the sequel to 2010′s Treyarch title Black Ops. Following the news break, Activision France immediately contacted the news outlet demanding that they remove the post. Declining out of respect for their readers, Activision has blacklisted the blog from any future Activision events and has since had the listing from Amazon France removed. This is not the first time this has happened. Numerous retailer websites had Modern Warfare 3 available for pre-order before it was even announced.

With Treyarch behind the new title, it shouldn’t be that surprising that the next CoD will be a sequel to Black Ops. Call of Duty: Black Ops was by far the most successful title the studio had developed and before MW3 launched, it was the most successful title in the franchise. If that wasn’t enough evidence already, Joystiq was able to find a contracted artist on Linkedin who has been working on the title.

Hugo Beyer has worked on a wide assortment of games. Recently, he has worked on such titles as the postponed Doom 4 and the upcoming Aliens: Colonial Marines. Now residing at Nerve Software, Hugo has listed that he is currently working on Black Ops 2. Following the new break, Hugo’s personal Linkedin page was removed. Nerve Software themselves, have worked with Activision in the past and even worked on the first Black Ops.

Even earlier this year, it had been reported that Activision quietly acquired the domain rights to blackops2.com. The year before, Activision had purchased numerous domains counting all the way up to blackops6.com. Black Ops 2 was the one domain that the company did not have registered because it was already registered under GoDaddy’s Domains by Proxy service.

No word yet when the game will take place or even what war will be featured in the title. I mean, is there any war left they haven’t done and how much of a directed sequel to Black Ops will the new installment be? The last time we left Black Ops main character Alex Mason, the end game cut-scene strongly suggested that Mason assassinated President John F. Kennedy. While the story and setting are unsure, it was confirmed recently by Sony senior VP of PlayStation brand marketing that the title would be appearing on the PS Vita this year.

Love it or hate it, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will more than likely be released November (Call of Duty month) of this year. So did Alex Mason kill John F. Kennedy?

At the end of the game, when they are showing the clips of JFK, Mason says four things:
- Six point five millimeters
- Eleven twenty-two
- Texas
- Ascension

A 6.5 x 52 mm Italian Carcano M91/38 bolt-action rifle is the gun that killed JFK. 11/22/1963 was the date on which JFK was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. At the top of the piece of paper the woman was reading the title reads “Ascension”.

You tell me?

Source: Game Blog, Game Trailers, Jostiq

Mike Villarreal is the Community Manager for Nerd Reactor. He loves movies, video games and comics. #OMGWTFBBQ

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