Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 evidence grows

A product page for "Call of Duty: Black Ops 2" was spotted on Amazon France, adding more fuel to the speculation of Activision's next entry in the franchise.


Call of Duty: Black Ops may be getting a sequel this year, if online retailer Amazon is to be believed. The site's French arm put up a product page for "Call of Duty: Black Ops 2," before pulling the page down. That's when things reportedly started to heat up between Activision and the French media.

French site GameBlog (via GameSpot) reports that the after publishing news of the leaked site, Activision contacted the blog requesting the story be pulled. When GameBlog refused, Activision disinvited the site from a preview event for Transformers: Fall of Cybertron and supposedly canceled advertising. This doesn't confirm the news, of course.

Still, a sequel to Black Ops certainly makes sense. Before the juggernaut that is Modern Warfare 3 trumped its early records, Black Ops was Activision's most successful Call of Duty title. In fact, it called the game the best-selling game of all time in terms of dollars generated. Activision also recently reacquired the Black Ops 2 domain.

Joystiq also discovered a LinkedIn profile referencing development on Black Ops 2.

A sequel to Black Ops seems very likely, but it would be at odds with Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg's claim that this year's Call of Duty would bring "meaningful innovation to the franchise." Call of Duty Elite 2.0 will be built into this whatever Call of Duty 2012 turns out to be.

Shacknews has contacted Activision regarding the report, and will update as more information becomes available.

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    February 17, 2012 11:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 evidence grows.

    A product page for "Call of Duty: Black Ops 2" was spotted on Amazon France, adding more fuel to the speculation of Activision's next entry in the franchise.

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      February 17, 2012 11:56 AM


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      February 17, 2012 12:10 PM

      Please god no. This game was a train wreck on PC.

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        February 17, 2012 5:34 PM

        what was wrong with the pc version?

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          February 18, 2012 2:41 AM

          I experienced random crashes, long load-times, freezing for several seconds in menu, server browser problems. I compared this game with MW2 multiplayer which had none of this. It's too bad because the weapons were alot more balanced in blops.

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      February 17, 2012 12:28 PM

      Maybe they will change the gameplay

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      February 17, 2012 1:08 PM

      well... its been over 2 months since MW3 was released so i think its time for Activision to piss us off with the next installment

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      February 17, 2012 1:23 PM

      Call of Duty: Blacker Ops

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      February 17, 2012 1:28 PM

      TBH I enjoyed CoDBLOPS a hell of a lot more than MW3 (or MW2).

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        February 17, 2012 4:08 PM

        yeah same here

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        February 17, 2012 4:23 PM

        I didn't play the single player but I really had fun with the multiplayer

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        February 17, 2012 5:36 PM

        The storyline was something a little fresher than Jesse Stern's cold-war-gasm of the Modern Warfare series. Nothing incredibly creative or inspiring, but it helped that the time period of the 60's hadn't been explored that much in years (excluding BF:Vietnam).

        That said, I hope they put up a huge sign in the level design studio saying "NO QTEs!!!". Less turret sequences would also be good as well. There are some turret sequences that I love, especially when it's an exfiltration turret sequence, like jumping on a gatling gun in a helicopter, and spraying down suppressing fire as the chopper takes off toward the level's end. Wolfenstein 2009 had that awesome MG42 on the back of the train. At that point, it doesn't have to be apologetic for being a turret sequence, and you know that it's limited time, unlike the boring turret sequences in FEAR 2 where you're stuck on the turret for X amount of minutes until NPC Y goes to waypoint Z to unlock a door.

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      February 17, 2012 1:37 PM

      We need evidence to know that Activision is going to milk each of these iterations until they're dry? What would be news is if there were rumors/evidence that Treyarch/IW had a title which wasn't CoD under development.

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      February 17, 2012 1:49 PM

      The comments are auto-deleting?

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      February 17, 2012 4:17 PM

      I would probably play BLOPS TWO.

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      February 17, 2012 5:10 PM

      I can't see the bland textures of a COD game anymore... enough is enough... the series needs another engine...

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      February 17, 2012 5:13 PM

      Ill stick with BF3

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      February 17, 2012 5:28 PM

      If you picked up intel item 3 in the last map of CoD:BLOPS, you already saw this coming: (note: that post is spoilered out for your protection)

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      February 18, 2012 3:15 AM

      CoD 7: 2

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      February 18, 2012 3:47 AM

      If it has offline bots like the first, I'll pick it up in a heartbeat. Loved the first one.

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      February 18, 2012 7:12 AM

      If this means Treyarch and zombies, I am in this train, Harry!

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      February 18, 2012 7:16 AM

      "best-selling game of all time in terms of dollars generated" Hey Activision, a Pro-Hint: ZOMBIES! Let Treyarch do a full zombies game FFS. Let Reza do his work.

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      February 19, 2012 9:35 PM

      Blops 2 has potential if they fix all the things they got wrong in Blops and keep what they got right.

      +Custom emblems on your gun.
      +Dedicated servers.
      +Currency system.
      +Built in video recording system (it's in MW3, so it's probably here to stay).
      +Zombies (although I don't know if they could get away with doing it for a third time).
      -Crazy fucking spawns.
      -Unsatisfying sense of gun ballistics.
      -18 player ranked server limit (PC) (Pretty sure this is here to stay unfortunately).
      -Stuttering, glitchy mess (PC).

      What I really want to see though (and I'm probably in a minority here) is for them to take the franchise into the future. Not laser guns and plasma rifles future, I'm thinking more Battlefield 2142 style where technology is a lot more advanced yet for the most part, still believable. The setting would really lend itself to all the nutty killstreak gadgets that get more ridiculous with every iteration of the series. I'm not sure how bro player base would feel about a science fiction setting though. They'd probably have to take a hint from Gears of War and really emphasize the Bonds of Bro-dom.

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