Just when I think I’m done with the Call of Duty series, they manage to say something I can’t help but get excited about.
While we all knew that another Call of Duty title was a foregone conclusion this holiday season, and that developer Treyarch was almost certainly working on a sequel to 2010′s bestseller Black Ops, there’s still something about this series that keeps me (and by the look of sales records, everyone else) still interested in this series.
While little has been discussed about the multiplayer aspects of Black Ops II (though, spoilers, there’s probably going to be a competitive multiplayer, and a Zombies mode), what struck a chord with me, a single-player-focused Cold War nerd, is that this new title sounds as if they’re going into the realm of alternate Cold War history; the game is reported to be situated in the near future, with contemporary (or post-contemporary) weaponry, though little detail has been made as to what that specifically means.
While upon closer inspection the idea of a “modern shooter featuring those sneaky Russians” sounds a hell of a lot like a Modern Warfare redux, I enjoyed the odd story-telling elements of the first Black Ops, and I’d like to see a Cold-War styled shooter set in the 21st century that’s rife with all the double-agent, number station, paranoia-filled goodness that made the original so intriguing.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II will be coming out this holiday season for all major consoles, so look out for massive midnight lineups this Nov. 13.