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Mike Nomad
02-19-2012, 08:23 AM
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Black Ops 2 Looking Increasingly Likely as the Next Call of Duty


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By Chris Pereira, 02/17/2012

Activision has already made it clear a new Call of Duty is on the way in 2012.

A new Call of Duty game release is expected every year, making last week's news that, yes, 2012 will see (http://games.ign.com/articles/121/1218375p1.html) a new game in the series come out no real surprise. With Infinity Ward and Treyarch continuing to alternate releases, this year is Treyarch's turn to bring out a game. At this point we don't know any of the specifics, but it's looking increasingly likely that it will be a direct sequel to Black Ops (http://www.1up.com/games/xbox360/cod-black-ops/), at least in terms of naming.

After previously acquiring Black Ops-related domain names (from BlackOps3.com up through BlackOps6.com), Activision reportedly (http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/121/1216099p1.html) got its hands on BlackOps2.com not long ago. The domain acquisition on its own didn't seem like a confirmation that Black Ops would receive a follow-up; many companies purchase domains in order to simply have their hands on them so others cannot profit on their intellectual property. Other times it's done to avoid embarrassing situations where a URL based on a game's name cannot be used to promote the competition -- a situation (http://www.1up.com/news/modern-warfare-3-com-big-troll-promotes-battlefield-3) Activision found itself in last year when ModernWarfare3.com was home to a site knocking Call of Duty and encouraging visitors to pick up Battlefield 3 (http://www.1up.com/games/pc/battlefield-3/). Activision decided to take action (http://www.1up.com/news/activision-going-after-modernwarfare3com) against the domain owner in an effort to acquire it, which it managed to do successfully (http://www.1up.com/news/modernwarfare3com-dispute-ends-activision-control). The entire situation could have been avoided had it simply registered the domain sooner, so BlackOps2.com falling into the hands of Activision seemed insignificant on its own.

Evidence has since been uncovered suggesting BlackOps2.com may soon come in handy. The LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/in/hugobeyer) profile of Nerve Software artist Hugo Beyer listed Black Ops 2 among the games he has contributed to before the page was amended, reports Joystiq (http://www.joystiq.com/2012/02/17/treyarch-contract-art-studio-employee-lists-black-ops-2-among). Nerve is an independent developer which has worked with Treyarch and Activision before on the original Black Ops and Quantum of Solace (http://www.1up.com/games/xbox360/quantum-of-solace/).

Additionally, Amazon France reportedly published a listing for Black Ops 2 recently. After originally being reported by French game site Gameblog.fr (http://www.gameblog.fr/news/27494-call-of-duty-black-ops-2-confirme-par-amazon), Activision supposedly requested the story be pulled and then blacklisted the site when it refused to do so. In other words, it was uninvited from an upcoming Transformers press event and told it would not be receiving review games in the future. We can't confirm the accuracy of these claims Gameblog (http://www.gameblog.fr/news/27499-activision-blackliste-gameblog/) has made, though we have contacted Activision for comment.

Black Ops is by far the most successful Call of Duty game Treyarch has made, a list that includes Call of Duty 3 (http://www.1up.com/games/ps3/call-duty-3/) and World at War (http://www.1up.com/games/xbox360/call-duty-5/). Despite the name change, Black Ops did share something in common with its predecessor, World at War, beyond the inclusion of a Zombies mode, namely the Gary Oldman-voiced character Viktor Reznov. But the two games were not as closely related as Infinity Ward's last three titles, each of which featured an overarching story and (for the most part) the same protagonists. It's arguable which approach is the better one, but I know I appreciated the return of familiar characters in the Modern Warfare games like Captain Price.

Establishing another mini-brand within the Call of Duty franchise similar to what Infinity Ward has done with Modern Warfare only seems like a natural way to go, particularly since it seems likely Treyarch will stick with Cold War-era content to compliment Infinity Ward's modern-day stories. (It also opens the door for an additional line of Call of Duty titles to compliment Modern Warfare and Black Ops.) We've theorized (http://www.1up.com/features/future-call-duty) a game set during the 1970s could make a lot of sense for Black Ops 2, if that ended up being the direction Activision decided to go in. Whatever the case may be, it's all but guaranteed that Zombies mode will make a return.

Being only three months removed from the release of Modern Warfare 3, it's too soon to expect Activision to start talking about the next game. The big leak (http://www.1up.com/news/modern-warfare-3-story-screenshots-release-date-leaked) of Modern Warfare 3 screenshots and details occurred in May last year, and Activision still wasn't about to announce anything at that point. It decided to respond (http://www.1up.com/news/modern-warfare-3-teaser-video-released) by releasing a series of teaser trailers it had ready to go but was holding onto for a later time. Now with Call of Duty Elite keeping the series fresh in gamers' mind and delivering new content on a monthly basis, Activision could be keen on waiting even longer before revealing the next Call of Duty title to the public.

As such, the company is unlikely to address these listings with anything more than a "no comment." But with all signs pointing to Black Ops 2, we can start guessing about what Treyarch may have in store this year. Will Gary Oldman be back for more crazy voice acting sessions (http://www.1up.com/news/gary-oldman-record-videogame-voiceovers)? Will Treyarch finally top Infinity Ward? Will it be available on Wii U? On Vita?

It's all guesswork at this point, of course, but that doesn't make it any less fun. Let us know what you think a potential Black Ops 2 could bring with it, as well as whether you'd prefer to see Black Ops 2 or an entirely new, Treyarch-made Call of Duty title.

SOURCE (http://www.1up.com/news/black-ops-2-increasingly-likely)

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Tally
02-19-2012, 12:43 PM
As long as they unlock the server files, and optimize the game better, I'm interested. Treyarch are marginally better at support than IW. At least PCDev made an attempt to tell the PC community what was going on.

The one thing I fear is that, despite the fact that there is absolutely no justification to lock server files away now that it is clear PC will never be part of COD:Elite, the dev cycle of 2 years will probably mean they wont re-build the netcode and re-introduce proper ranked dedicated servers. Time will probably not allow it. We will probably have the same old deal with Gameservers.com. That will be a deal-breaker for me. I wont touch the game if that happens.

However, I hope I am wrong, and they surprise us by reintroducing proper ranked dedicated servers with public server files.

[3rdArmy]CW-4
02-19-2012, 04:06 PM
I've also read where "Elite 2" is going to be released at about the same time. Most likely just before or at the same time would be my guess. And I don't think PC is going to be included, but we'll see. I do feel that this will be just another re-skinned COD. Not much more than a big mod really. But as Tally said, time will tell. Only a totally unlocked game with properly setup servers that allow mapping and modding would start to get my interest up. My bet is that it isn't going to happen.

rrodeo
02-20-2012, 12:04 AM
Well hopefully Activision has been paying attention and saw that BF3 is kicking MW3 butt on the pc. They had a free weekend and still couldn't top BF3's numbers.

Maybe they will invest a little more in the pc side of the game, to try and get some more of that market back. (fingers crossed)

The last 3 releases have been junk imo. And you know we won't get any news until right up to release. So no excitement here.

Tally
02-20-2012, 02:44 AM
Well hopefully Activision has been paying attention and saw that BF3 is kicking MW3 butt on the pc. They had a free weekend and still couldn't top BF3's numbers.

Maybe they will invest a little more in the pc side of the game, to try and get some more of that market back. (fingers crossed)

The last 3 releases have been junk imo. And you know we won't get any news until right up to release. So no excitement here.

The numbers that BF3 are attracting on PC wont bother anyone. The publishers are only really concerned with consoles, and that includes EA. At present, MW3 is outselling BF3 on consoles by 3 to 1. So, at the moment, MW3 still reigns supreme as the King of FPS shooters, and DICE don't seem to be able to touch them, no matter what they do.

MW3 was/is the worst selling COD title on PC to date. Only a million have bought it to date (compared with 1.8 million for MW2 and 1.6 for Black Ops). However, I don't think Activision cares much about that factoid, because the numbers on PC have been steadily declining since MW2, and if they wanted to head it off at the pass, they would have done something by now. So, if declining sales figures aren't enough to make Activision start doing something to try to claw back lost PC customers or attract new ones, then I don't think numbers on PC for BF3 will do it.

Mike Nomad
03-02-2012, 07:55 AM
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Report: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Coming in November



By Mike Sharkey | Mar 1, 2012


Another retailer indicates Black Ops 2 will be the next CoD.

Death, taxes, and Call of Duty. Activision (http://www.gamespy.com/company/025/025004.html) will release a new CoD this year (and every year until the cash cow runs dry) as sure as you'll be paying Uncle Sam 30% until the Grim Reaper stops by for a little visit. The question is what will this year's installment be? According to some leaky retailers, it will be Call of Duty: Black Ops (http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/call-of-duty-treyarch-project/index.html) 2.

We've heard the rumor before, and it only gained momentum today when Spain/Portugal retail website Fnac listed CoD: Black Ops 2 on its main page, even providing a release date of November 12. The posting has since been removed, but not before it was captured by the good folks at Gamepur:

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Amazon France made the same slip up two weeks ago, and at this point, all signs point to CoD: Black Ops 2 being reality. The real question is, will it bring anything new to a franchise that has become an annual carbon copy of Infinity Ward's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare?

SOURCE (http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/call-of-duty-treyarch-project/1219780p1.html)

[3rdArmy]CW-4
03-02-2012, 11:20 AM
The real question is, will it bring anything new to a franchise that has become an annual carbon copy of Infinity Ward's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare?

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I think that will be a NO. Really not much of anything for me has been new since COD 4. Just about all the "new" things that IW and Trayarch were in mods released by our great modder guys. But I guess now that they have cut the modders out of the loop, what ever they come up with could be considered as new.

Other that improving the graphics levels, to me, there has been only minor improvements in game play after UO.

rrodeo
03-04-2012, 12:15 AM
I don't really need anything new, just get back to cod - cod4 style. Scrap all the kiddies sh#t.

Not getting excited about this. More interested in the new MOH. We have a better chance of dedicated servers with EA than Activ.

10-78 Busterking
03-04-2012, 09:01 AM
I don't really need anything new, just get back to cod - cod4 style. Scrap all the kiddies sh#t.

Not getting excited about this. More interested in the new MOH. We have a better chance of dedicated servers with EA than Activ.

To some degree yes but unfortunately EA's greed is now charging 25 cents a slot for servers that are being rented so their customers can play their BF3 EA game for free on those rented servers.

What's wrong with that picture?

:ugh:

rrodeo
03-04-2012, 07:51 PM
To some degree yes but unfortunately EA's greed is now charging 25 cents a slot for servers that are being rented so their customers can play their BF3 EA game for free on those rented servers.

What's wrong with that picture?

:ugh:
I am sure some policies have changed, they always will. But the truth is I pay LESS per slot now then I did back in cod2/cod4/bf2. So it's getting cheaper, which is better for the consumer.

Mike Nomad
03-05-2012, 05:39 AM
Neither Activision or Electronic Arts have anything for me.... they have become GOUGE oriented.

I refuse to be treated like a cash cow.. :frown:

Messiah Complex
03-05-2012, 11:47 AM
Looking at the screenshot at the top of the first post made me realize something. I remember that map -- I remember all of them -- but nothing about any given MP round stands out in my memory. I put 163 hours into Black Ops, but none of it stuck with me.

I do so miss UO.

rrodeo
03-05-2012, 09:37 PM
Neither Activision or Electronic Arts have anything for me.... they have become GOUGE oriented.

I refuse to be treated like a cash cow.. :frown:
But at least they didn't treat you like a doormat like TWI did and let everyone wipe their feet on you. Im sorry but that still pissses me off. They wont ever get a f@ckn dime of my money. I don't care what anyone says, that's BS.

Sorry for rant..:mad:



I put 163 hours into Black Ops, but none of it stuck with me.
I never thought about it, but me 2. I miss COD4.

Mike Nomad
03-06-2012, 07:52 AM
While I appreciate the support.... please, stay on topic.

I value you opine... however its made with only superficial facts. Tripwire has been very good to us and continues to do so.

In fact, they've done more for RGN than either EA or Activision COMBINED! :wink2:

Thus the reason neither of those publishers are on my radar.