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