‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 2′ Title & Release Date Confirmed

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Black Ops 2 Confirmed

We all know a new Call of Duty title is coming this year, but for the longest time the game’s title was left to speculation. Until now that is, as we can finally confirm (re-confirm?) that the game will be titled Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. The title comes as no surprise and the images which confirm the information match up with the previously leaked box art containing the orange-colored “II” after “Black Ops.” The November 13 (Eclipse) release date also lines up with what we predicted nearly two months ago.

The official title was revealed by IGN through photos taken by one of their readers. The images depict pre-order cards from US retailer Target. Clearly printed in big font on each card is “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2,” so it’s safe to say the game is titled Black Ops 2 and not Eclipse.

The cards also outed the game’s release date, which is November 13th, 2012. Keep in mind that the game will be officially unveiled on May 1st during the NBA playoffs and that’s where we should get our first look at gameplay and a teases of its story.

Check out the pre-order cards:

Black Ops 2 Pre Order Cards Show Up At Target

This information coincides with Eclipse tease, which had many believe that the next Call of Duty would launch on a solar eclipse. The next solar eclipse is slated for November 13th, 2012, hence the codename. The pre-order cards also appear to be only for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game. We assume a PC version is in development as well, as Activision probably doesn’t want to enrage that community. But what about other platforms?

The Wii U is supposed to launch this year, and with a more competent online network, perhaps Treyarch will be able to capitalize on the system’s capabilities. However, Nintendo confirmed that although they’ll be unveiling the Wii U at E3, they will not be sharing its release date or price, meaning no pre-orders will be available on third party games until they do. There’s also a Call of Duty game in development for the Vita.

Now that formalities are out of the way, we can move on to what really matters: gameplay. What new features, modes and weapons will Black Ops 2 include and will it address the growing concerns of the community about lack of innovation?

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will release November 13th, 2012 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and most likely PC as well.

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Source: IGN

TAGS: Activision, Black Ops, Black Ops 2, Call of Duty, PC, PS3, Treyarch

  • Matt

    IGN ran this article yesterday. Is there some kind of law that forces you to run other gaming websites’ articles a day after they do, or what’s the deal?

    • http://gamerant.com Rob Keyes

      This was written about 7-8pm last night but due to flights and schedules, no editor could get to it until Saturday morning.

      There are no rules about waiting for delay – just source correctly. The difference for Game Rant though, compared to most sites, is that we don’t just copy or rehash news/info – we editorialize it so it’s unique. That’s why the IGN post has one paragraph – we have 7.

      • Matt

        I see. I noticed that this one was way longer than IGN’s.

  • http://gamerant.com Brian Sipple

    In related news, the next year of the Common Era will be titled 2013 and will launch a month and a half later on January 1st. Midnight premieres are scheduled around the world.

  • Matt

    But will there be enough new features to keep people interested? We’ll find out.

    • Matt

      Whoa, what happened to Brian Sipple’s comment? My last comment was a reply to his comment, but apparently it was taken down.

      • http://gamerant.com Brian Sipple

        I typed it to be funny, but that was before I noticed we were debating the validity of the article itself. Sorry, I have to agree – just because IGN is the source doesn’t mean they’ve necessarily added everything to the story.

        • Matt

          Oh, you should’ve kept it. I agree with that too, I was just wondering why Game Rant’s article on this story was published a day after IGN’s. But now I know why.

  • MikePitcher

    meh, who cares. COD is old news. and stale

  • John

    Good read!

  • http://unbuild-the-game.tumblr.com/ unbuildthegame

    I think this year may be the year that CoD will fall and Halo will take its seat on the throne once again.

    • xDesertWolfx

      the only way halo could possibly have a chance of taking cod’s place is if it goes multi-platform, if not then it will only be #1 on xbox at best

  • amongallothers

    Halo needs to go as well. The fight is finished. It was over years ago. Halo 4…… I really just don’t see the point.

    • jdnk

      If you dont see the point then your really stupid dude and selfish only thinking about yourself. A better comment would have been you are not interested in it yourself. Most people who has played halo since the first one back in the day are very interested including myself. A new studio is developing it too may shed new life onto it. I for one can’t wait. Halo odst equals stupid, but it was a spin off. Halo reach was just ok. I didn’t like it but a lot did. Halo one awesome esecially for its day. I played anniversary and wow it still kicks ass. Halo two was the best game of the series and revolutionized online multiplayer. Halo 3 was ok but I got bored of it quick. Good campaign though. I’m hoping halo 4 is as good as one and 2 can’t wait.

      • ATG


        Talk about contradiction lol

        • Matt

          What contradiction?

  • http://gamerant.com sgt dole

    Not really sure how I feel about this one. Black Ops was honestly the best Call of Duty game to ever be made, in my opinion. However– I’m not positive if I’m excited for a second one. Unless of course they make a kick ass campaign again!

  • eltimigre96

    as long as there’s gonna be zombies, ill be fine with it

  • i Just want to play


  • Yuuchun

    Who cares….