Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

PC, PS3, XB360, WIIU / Action / Release: Nov 13, 2012 / ESRB: M

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer introduces the villain

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer introduces the villain

So who's responsible for the crazy future war we're seeing in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2? A man named Raul Menendez. Treyarch and Activision have released the "Villain" trailer for the upcoming shooter, and it profiles a man that has been heralded as "the Messiah of the 99%." Unfortunately for the 99%, it appears his plan involves blowing up the world. Drats.

Watch: The future is black. Ops. 2. »

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Report: Activision Leeds heading up Call of Duty portable efforts

Report: Activision Leeds heading up Call of Duty portable efforts

Activision has been releasing mobile Call of Duty tie-ins for a few years, and now the company has put one of its multitude of studios in charge of the operation. According to an industry source, Activision Leeds is now heading up all of the iOS versions, but the company is still cross-pollinating quite a bit to trade assets and materials.

Read more: 'Activision are like a machine' »

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Black Ops 2 gets 'Nuketown' pre-order bonus

Black Ops 2 gets 'Nuketown' pre-order bonus

One of the most popular multiplayer maps from the original Call of Duty: Black Ops is making a comeback for Black Ops 2. It will be getting a facelift to make it "Nuketown 2025," and will be available to download at launch as a pre-order bonus. Activision didn't give word on when it might become available for players at large.

Read more: Nuketown legacy »

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Activision registers China-related Call of Duty domains

Activision registers China-related Call of Duty domains

Activision has registered several domain names related to Call of Duty and China -- not to be confused with Chinese domain names. The company registered 17 in all, with names like CallOfDutyChina.com, BlackOpsChina.com, and ModernWarfareChina.com.

Read more: Chinese phrases also registered »

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 PC supports dedicated servers

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 PC supports dedicated servers

Call of Duty: Black Ops II will indeed support dedicated servers on PC, developer Treyarch has confirmed. And not just any old dedicated servers, oh no, ranked dedicated servers. The shooter series has been inconsistent with this feature widely desired by PC gamers, so good to hear it's locked down for the latest.

Read more: Treyarch director of technology confirms »

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Neversoft working on Call of Duty game

Neversoft working on Call of Duty game

Neversoft is apparently working on a Call of Duty game, though the developer hasn't said in what capacity. The company behind Guitar Hero and the Tony Hawk games may be pitching in on Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, or helping to develop the next iteration of the franchise.

Read more: Positions open for concept artist, design scripter »

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Rumor: Black Ops 2 coming to Wii U

Rumor: Black Ops 2 coming to Wii U

Nintendo has made no bones about its hope that platform parity with the Wii U will make it more attractive for third-parties to port their games from PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. But conspicuously missing from the company's E3 press briefing were some of the biggest franchises around, including Call of Duty. A rumor suggests that the next installment, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, will make it to the new console.

Read more: Activision's Wii port history »

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Black Ops 2 head says future tech has to be 'authentic and plausible'

Black Ops 2 head says future tech has to be 'authentic and plausible'

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is dipping into the future of war, with high-tech toys that are still likely decades away. A mini-documentary series argued that the depiction is a fairly reasonable look at the future, though it spoke mostly about software hacking as a weapon. The game features plenty of hardware too, and Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia has talked about how they're grounding the drones in reality.

Read more: 'Justification and storyline' for all future tech »

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Black Ops 2 studio head defends lack of 'new engine'

Black Ops 2 studio head defends lack of 'new engine'

Electronic Arts has been trying hard to wrangle the title of "best-selling FPS" away from Activision. Games like Battlefield 3 and Crysis 2 introduced new engines that leaps well ahead of what Call of Duty has to offer visually. However, Black Ops 2 developer Treyarch doesn't believe the annualized franchise needs a "new engine." Mark Lamia, studio head at Treyarch, argues that "engines" are simply a "buzzword," and talks up the "significant" work that went into creating Black Ops 2's visuals.

Read more: 'Where does it start and stop?' »

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Black Ops 2 may put Activision in legal hot water

Black Ops 2 may put Activision in legal hot water

Activision is already going at it in court with Jason West and Vince Zampella over their dismissal from Infinity Ward in 2009, but a clause in a Memorandum of Understanding filed with the lost wages and royalties suit in 2010 could affect the recently announced Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

Read more: Near-future Call of Duty games at issue »

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Weekend Confirmed 111 - Elder Scrolls Online, Black Ops 2, God of War: Ascension

Weekend Confirmed 111 - Elder Scrolls Online, Black Ops 2, God of War: Ascension

Blockbuster games headline this episode of Weekend Confirmed. Elder Scrolls Online, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and God of War: Ascension alone could more than fill the show but there's more. Mike Schramm of TUAW and Joystiq helps the two Jeffs and Garnett bring the awesome needed to keep up with it all. The discussion of role-playing games also includes the recently released pirate-themed Risen 2. Sniper Elite V2 and a couple other things also make their way into the crowded mix before Finishing Moves puts the final exclamation point on the show.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 setting pre-order records

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 setting pre-order records

With each successive annual installment of Call of Duty, naysayers crawl out of the woodwork to declare that, though sales increase year after year, the series has peaked and will surely fail this time. Early indications are that Call of Duty: Black Ops II will also do just fine, as retailer Amazon is reporting Blops 2 is so far its most pre-ordered game of all time.

Read more: 30% more than MW3, 10 times original Cod Blops »

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Black Ops 2 documentary describes the future of war

Black Ops 2 documentary describes the future of war

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 presented a dark vision of 2025, wherein war is fought by a variety of drones. Your reaction to this scenario may have varied from "hey, robots!" to "wait, robots?" Just how realistic are the drone-powered future fields of war, anyway? Activision has created a series of mini-documentaries to explain to you that this future is very real--and it's coming soon.

Read more: 'I worry about a guy who wants to hijack all the planes' »

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$99 Xbox, Black Ops 2 - Shacknews Daily: May 2, 2012

$99 Xbox, Black Ops 2 - Shacknews Daily: May 2, 2012

It's finally official. After months of leaks, Activision has finally announced Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. And yes, it's going into the future. For more, read our preview and find out more about the game's branching storyline. Then, would you pay $99 for an Xbox 360 with Kinect? A lot of people would--but what's the catch? Finally, Sony unveils The Unfinished Swan. Could this be the next indie darling? Plus, a bit on LittleBigPlanet Karting.

Check out today's episode of Shacknews Daily.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 GameStop pre-order bonuses coming in waves

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 GameStop pre-order bonuses coming in waves

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is barely out of the starting gate with an announcement blitzkrieg last night, and already GameStop is touting its pre-order goodies. In a unique move, though, the retail chain is setting its pre-order bonuses around four "waves," with more rewards for early-comers.

Read more: A poster, Prestige Token, and mystery prizes »

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