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Call of Duty: Black Ops II Makes Its Trailer Debut

Source: Call of Duty: Black Ops II/ Call of Duty Official Website

Earlier this week, Activision heralded the official announcement of Call of Duty: Black Ops II with a video trailer. Set to be released on November 13, it is a first-person shooter game designed for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360.

Although it is the ninth game in the Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops II takes flight from its predecessors.  The setting of the game is futuristic, and it also presents branching storylines that are driven by player choice, which is a first in the franchise’s history.

Synopsis

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is set in 2025, at a time when China and the United States are locked in a cold war. The East Asian country has banned the export of rare earth elements, and cyber attacks have crippled the Chinese Stock Exchange.

The war is defined by robotics, cyber warfare, unmanned vehicles, and other modern technology. The story of the game revolves around the speculation that modern war technologies could be used against those they were suppose to protect.

Although set in the near future, the beginning of the story starts in 1980 and focuses on the origin of the game’s prime antagonist, Raul Menendez. In this era, the Black Ops protagonist Alex Mason returns, and much of the action takes place in the proxy wars of Central America. Fast forward to 2025, when Menendez provokes the war between China and the US, while the protagonist is Mason’s son, David.

Strike Force Mission and Zombie Mode

The ninth Call of Duty title will feature branching storylines, in which players’ choices can affect the mission and overall course of the story. The Strike Force Mission enables gamers to control various war assets, and locks out other missions unless a user starts with a new campaign.

In addition, game developer Treyarch has confirmed that zombie mode will return in Black Ops II. For the first time, the mode will have its own campaign and multiplayer option, along with the main story.

Pre-order Launch

Following its official worldwide reveal, online retailers in the US and UK have started their pre-order campaign for Black Ops II. In the US, the game is now available for pre-order at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Walmart, and costs around $60.

UK’s ASDA supermarket gives the game a £42.97 price tag for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version, and £34.97 for the PC version. Play.com prices the title for £44.99 on consoles and £39.99 on PCs. Amazon UK also posted that the Call of Duty franchise is available for pre-order at £42.68 on PlayStation 3, £42.90 on Xbox 360, and £44.87 for PC.

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