Publisher Activision Blizzard just released the below trailer for the newest Call of Duty title, Black Ops II, which will debut this fall. Santa Monica, Calif.-based Treyarch, who created the original Black Ops, returns to develop this sequel.
The companies originally ran the video during the NBA playoff game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets on TNT. It reveals that the player is Frank Woods, the Marine sergeant who was killed (but evidently brought back to life) in the first Black Ops, which was the best-selling video game of 2010. It also reveals that the game takes place in 2025.
The action features a gigantic battle full of drones, robots, snipers, jets, helicopters, armored cars, and infantry grunts. The music and voice acting are quite dramatic, and the cinematics look beautiful. The battle is taking place in the middle of a destroyed Los Angeles, which should go over well with Lakers fans.
The trailer shows an old man talking about the automated armies of the future, which includes all sorts of high-tech weaponry. The old man says, “Technology got stronger, while we got weaker” then continues with, “No one ever asks, ‘What happens when the enemy steals the keys?'” suggesting that the modern weapons of war can be turned against those who build them.
“They’ll always need men like us and those who are willing to do what others cannot,” he says in closing.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II will launch on Nov. 13.
Check out our other coverage of Call of Duty: Black Ops II:
- Treyarch unveils Black Ops II, a.k.a. Attack of the Drones
- Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia on taking design risks (interview)
- It’s not the same old 3D graphics
- How Treyarch created realistic human faces
- Creating the sounds of future wars