This year, Activision’s powerhouse first-person shooter franchise Call of Duty will be developed by Treyarch, the studio behind previous CoD titles World at War, and Black Ops 1 and 2. While no solid details have been released on just what kind of CoD game the studio is developing — be it a new Black Ops or a new original subseries like Ghosts or Advanced Warfare — they may have just laid an indirect hint that the new game will be a sequel to the widely acclaimed Black Ops II from 2012.
According to YouTube user Drift0r (via IGN), strange new symbols began to appear in Black Ops II for players still taking part in that game’s multiplayer, and a bit of detective work revealed that the symbols can be added into the Snapchat social media service to add an official Call of Duty account to your “friends” list there. On the page, there’s only one, cryptic video with a distorted shot of a wooded area, and a voice saying, “Listen only to the sound of my voice.” This could be the beginning of a new viral marketing campaign leading up to the game’s official announcement. Comparatively, Activision announced the title and story info for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare last May, so we’re likely not too far away from an official announcement on the next game in the series being made.
While some fans have been reveling in the more futuristic setting of the last few games in the series, another equally passionate sect has been hoping that it will return to a past era once again, very much like the first three games, as well as the fifth one: Call of Duty 1-3 and Treyarch’s World at War. While the original Black Ops game from 2010 took a more historical approach by being set largely in the Cold War and Vietnam eras, Black Ops II took a hybrid approach by being set in both the 1980s and in the year 2025, with both period weaponry and some futurism in play.
A third entry in the Black Ops series could easily move back and forth through different eras, since even the largely peaceful 1990s still had some notable military excursions from the perspective of the United States, such as NATO involvement in the Yugoslav Wars. Still, we won’t know for sure until an official announcement is made, so be sure to keep a tab open to GeekNation for the latest on the next entry in the Call of Duty series!
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