What the history books say
The ninth title in the globally dominant gaming franchise, the Call of Duty brand was brought to life in back in 2003 with the original Call of Duty release.
Set during World War 2, the original COD title was a PC exclusive at launch before later being expanded to the core consoles of the day. Maintaining the European theme, Call of Duty 2 and 3 were also set on the continent during the war, and were seen from multiple perspectives including soldiers from the British, US and Red army, as well as French and Polish resistance fighters.
In 2007 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare brought the action up to the present day, featuring a fictional contemporary story and a number of real world weapons and vehicles. Activision returned to the World War 2 setting for the next instalment in 2008. Call of Duty: World at War was this time set in the Pacific and Eastern front theatres.
In 2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 continued the plot set up but the first title, picking up five years later with many of the same characters.
Call of Duty Black Ops in 2010 went back in time again to the Cold War and Vietnam War, and played with real life historical moments in a fictional setting – such as one mission in which the player makes an assassination attempt on Cuban Premier Fidel Castro.
2011’s Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is the latest game in the franchise, and featured another contemporary fictional conflict on a global scale. By this stage the franchise was used to huge sales figures, but MW3 broke all entertainment sales records – with Activision claiming in the US and UK alone it sold over 6.5 million units within 24 hours of its launch, raising $400m (£246.7m) in sales revenues.
Black Ops 2 trailer
Offering the first insight into the futuristic first-person shooter, the official Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer has been made available on the Black Ops 2 website in coordination with the much anticipated title entering the realms of reality.
Showcasing a number of scenes of gameplay footage, the Black Ops 2 trailer shows much of the same in terms of graphical advancement based on recent COD offerings with the debut look at the title’s characters, weapons, vehicles and settings teasing the upcoming offering.
Are there zombies in Black Ops 2?
Following unprecedented popularity in past releases, Black Ops 2 is set to see the return of the zombies with the living dead given free reign over a selection of multiplayer formats.
“The fan-favourite mode will make a return, only this time it's running in the multiplayer engine,” gaming specialists CVG reported. “That means there will be a big upsurge in numbers when it comes to Black Ops 2's undead sub-game: the multiplayer engine can throw around twice as many shambling corpses at once, and it can handle a co-op tally double that of Black Ops 1's.
“To maximise this increase Treyarch are promising new modes too. They're stopping short of specifics for now but say you can expect team games of some sort to feature in what's sure to be the most hectic take on the mode yet.”
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