Activision has issued a trailer for the forthcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops. Though it doesn’t reveal the era in which the game is set, the clip confirms that the action will take place on multiple fronts. Also, with its strobing colours and fast paced editing, it’s a wonder the teaser doesn’t come with an epilepsy warning. War is hell.
The game is being developed by Treyarch, the internal studio responsible for Call of Duty 3 and World at War. Though stablemate Sledgehammer Games is known to be working on a third person Call of Duty title, Treyarch’s latest outing will be a first person shooter in the tradition of its predecessors.
The announcement comes as the developer that created the franchise staggers from one calamity to the next. In March, Activision sacked Infinity Ward founders Jason West and Vince Zampella, who promptly filed suit for wrongful dismissal. Even as Activision put applied the finishing touches to its countersuit, a range of Infinity Ward’s key employees tendered their resignations.
Matters have certainly not improved since then. As reported by G4, 38 current and former employees have now filed suit against Activision while 16 former employees have signed on with Respawn Entertainment, which just happens to be the latest venture from Jason West and Vince Zampella. It’s difficult to imagine anyone being brave enough to do business with Activision at a time like this. Or is it?
Activision Australia has confirmed that Call of Duty: Black Ops is scheduled for a local release on Tuesday 9 November 2010. Target platforms are yet to be announced. However, if the past is any guide, you should feel free to place your money on “all of them”.