It was just a few weeks ago that we were speculating on what 2015’s installment in the Call of Duty franchise would be and now details about the upcoming game are starting to spill out. The research group report that suggest Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 was on the way turned out to be right and gamers can expect to return to Treyarch Studios’ Call of Duty world by the end of the year.
The first Black Ops 3 teaser trailer confirmed that the game will take place after the events of Black Ops 2 and promised that more intel would arrive on April 26. We’re still a few days away from that milestone, but it looks like Activision and Treyarch are ready to reveal a live-action trailer today, ahead of schedule.
The Ember trailer opts to establish a lot of world building, rather than showcase explosions and gameplay footage. Okay, there still might be an explosion or two. The trailer shows what the world is like some number of years after Black Ops 2, when humanity has started to lean too heavily on technology. The footage feels more sci-fi than military FPS, but it definitely sets up a very interesting backdrop for the game’s campaign to explore.
The fictional future is full of lots of benefits, like the elimination of physical disabilities thanks to advanced prosthetics, but as always in sci-fi, there is a price to pay for relying so heavily on our machines. The trailer’s opening quote calls attention to this technological trap.
“Mankind’s greatest mistake will be its inability to control the technology it has created.”
After showing the leaps and bounds made in medicine and sports, the trailer turns to the more sinister side of the technological advancements. Riots break out in the streets over concerns of secret military operations to build super soldiers and conspiracy theories claim that the government is hiding the most advanced tech from its citizens to use it to produce new weapons.
The trailer is very bleak and establishes the setting for a great sci-fi story. Although Call of Duty sales haven’t been hurting, many fans of the franchise feel that the game is due for a change of pace. As the Advanced Warfare tech starts to feel stale, maybe a war against technology is exactly what the franchise needs. A campaign that pins high tech against low tech could be very exciting and help revitalize the franchise, which may be suffering from annual release fatigue.
The trailer ends with another tease for the world reveal on April 26. Fans of the franchise will definitely want to check back on Game Rant this Sunday for what will likely be the first full Black Ops 3 gameplay trailer.
What do you think of the live-action trailer? Are you intrigued by the game’s setting? Let us know in the comments.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 does not have a release date yet.