Official: Call of Duty: Black Ops

Earlier today, IGN has reported that the next Call of Duty was, in fact, called Call of Duty: Black Ops, despite reporting yesterday that it was more than likely going to be called: CoD: Vietnam. After the initial official announcement of the title, IGN also revealed the various locations in the game, by way of a game description on retailer Game’s website (that has since been taken down):

Now you will witness the birth of the Elite Special Forces and take part in off-the-record missions using unconventional weaponry to get the job done. From Cuba to the Arctic and the jungles of Vietnam, Call of Duty: Black Ops features stunning cinematic graphics and intense gameplay that puts you right at the heart of the action!

And finally, the Game Trailers TV unveiling of the first teaser trailer has been released and can be seen above. From the looks of things, there will be quite a bit of vehicle warfare, and I don’t know what missions these would entail, but near the end, you see a guy in a space suit, as well as an SR-71 Blackbird flying right at the edge of the atmosphere. One of the cooler, and more mysterious, details is the use of unconventional weaponry. Is that stuff we probably never seen or, possibly, the use of napalm bombs, etc? Here’s hoping Treyarch can pull this off and make Call of Duty an enjoyable experience again.

New Call of Duty to be Unveiled Friday

This Friday/Thursday night, GameTrailers TV will be unveiling the new announcement trailer for the newest Treyarch Call of Duty game. We’ll finally be able to see where they decided to take the series, but most have speculated that it will be during the Cold War/Vietnam (which, in my opinion, could be a good thing). GTTV will be on at 12:40AM EST on Spike TV.

UPDATE: It will be Friday night/Saturday morning when it’s available.

New Strategic Plans for the Call of Duty Franchise

Activision Publishing, announced their new strategic plans for the Call of Duty franchise today. They announced the formation of a new business unit to expand the franchise “with the same focus seen in its Blizzard(R) Entertainment business unit”.

Mike Griffith, President and CEO of Activision Publishing stated, “2010 will be another important year for the Call of Duty franchise. In addition to continued catalog sales, new downloadable content from Infinity Ward and a new Call of Duty release, we are excited about the opportunity to bring the franchise to new geographies, genres and players.”

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