Rumours began circulating earlier this year that the next instalment of Call of Duty would be another Black Ops game and now we know for sure. Today, in dramatic fashion Activision live streamed a metal worker cutting up a large piece of sheet metal suspended in a warehouse.
When the sparks stopped flying the new Black Ops logo was revealed followed by a new teaser trailer. The teaser did not offer anything particularly revealing as it was made up of clips from previous games in the franchise punctuated with the text “forget what you know”.
Could “forget what you know” suggest a reboot or backtracking for the franchise? Call of Duty’s recent return to ‘boots on the ground’ combat has been a success given the strong sales of CoD: WWII. A big rebound from dismal Infinite Warfare sales, matching previous franchise highs similar to Modern Warfare 2. There is a strong possibility that Treyarch will stick with it despite it representing a regression of the technology level seen in Black Ops III.
Black Ops IIII is scheduled for an earlier than usual release of October 12th. Activision is likely trying to get ahead of Red Dead Redemption 2 which has been pushed to October 26th. We can expect to learn more from the upcoming community event scheduled for May 17.