Over the weekend, we reported that the multiplayer component of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 would be revealed on August 7th. With the day now upon us, Treyarch has released the first multiplayer footage from the game (above) — and damn does it look good!

Judging by the trailer, Black Ops 2‘s multiplayer will take place exclusively in the year 2025. A handful of futuristic weapons and gadgets are shown off, such as x-ray scopes and the Guardian — a mobile suppression unit that blasts players with what we suspect to be heat. However, not every weapon is science fiction dream, as the game brings back the fan-favorite tomahawk.

Perhaps the most surprising component of this trailer is its lovely color palette. The environments on display are filled with vibrant colors, providing a welcome change of pace from the game’s predecessors. Though critics of the series suggest the game needs a visual overhaul, Black Ops 2 still looks quite pretty — though we’d have no quarrels with the the series moving on to an improved engine. But hey, at least the game’s audio has been improved.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Multiplayer Trailer

As the Call of Duty franchise has routinely proven, multiplayer is a deep experience, and we expect more details to be revealed in the coming months. The trailer gives some hints of what to expect, aside from a few HUD changes. Throughout the trailer, whenever the player kills an enemy with a specific piece of equipment (such the Dragonfire drone), an emblem appears on the top of the screen. As nothing has been announced, the emblems could just be a cosmetic change. However, we’d like to see them play a role in player customization — for instance, earning a certain number of emblems to unlock a new weapon camo or attachment.

At 1:35, an image is shown on screen detailing what we assume is the player’s loadout. It’s likely the image is just there to remind players which weapons and perks they have on hand, though it would be interesting if the image also listed the loadouts of fallen players, allowing gamers to pick specific weapons from enemy bodies. That kind of setup would make a lot of sense on Wii U (for which Black Ops 2 is rumored to be in development) and SmartGlass, as players could simply tap an icon to quickly select weapons.

Speculation aside, the game itself is looking quite fun, and appears to be a nice change from previous titles in the Call of Duty franchise. The core gameplay remains the same, but the changes present look to keep things feeling fresh.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 releases November 13th, 2012, for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

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