Proving that no gameplay or story hint is too small to go overlooked by internet sleuths, the official Call of Duty website has yet again been examined for more than obvious clues. Among the results is an embedded section of Morse Code confirming that the next release is, in fact, Black Ops 2. But given the recent reveals and continuing cryptic language, exactly what the game will turn out to be is still up in the air.
The Black Ops 2 title confirmation comes courtesy of YouTube's NextGenTactics, where one fan took a closer look at that string of seemingly random dots that precedes the new makeover of the franchise's official site. When the raised components of the code are taken as dashes, the scattering of white dots actually spells out 'black ops 2,' all but confirming that no other title should be expected for the next entry in the CoD series. While this might be presumed to bring and end to speculation about the game itself, Treyarch and Activision are committed to keeping the rumor mill operating.
A named sequel to Black Ops would point to Alex Mason as the subject of the game's plot (we're still hoping for Operation Charybdis) but new evidence suggests that the game won't even be set in the same century as the original. Unfortunately the leaked multiplayer weapons list doesn't give any ideas about the time-frame or level of technology, so while the name may be certain, the setting is anything but.
Just to prove that a good conspiracy is hard to kill, Activision also went ahead and changed the background on their Twitter page to the same silhouetted (and unnecessarily blurry) promotional image that's been circulating. The picture itself is extremely similar to that used for the original Black Ops, but open up the image, and one finds the filename: "Eclipse_Twitter_BG.jpg."
Clearly the importance of 'Eclipse' shouldn't be downplayed, even if the connection between the game itself and the solar eclipse occurring at its release is unclear. It would be a shame if all of this speculation and fan dissection was focused on a simple codename, or some minor easter egg. But given the hidden code embedded in Black Ops and cracked following release, we're hoping Treyarch has something interesting left to reveal. And reveal it they shall, one grainy image or teaser trailer at a time.
We'll keep you up to date on all Black Ops 2/Eclipse details, and even tell you how soft the website's HTML is when ran through a loom. Give us some time on that one.
Black Ops 2 is expected to release on November 13, 2012 for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
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