Activision have been quiet as the grave since the announcement of Call of Duty: Ghosts, only saying that the game would be on show at the Nextbox reveal even on 21 May. Luckily, their community have been more active.
Since the cover art release, Call of Duty fans have been mocking up their own impressions of Call of Duty: Ghost’s content. Some of them are ruddy excellent.
I used to think I could recognise all the correct symptoms of a rainbow - a bright afternoon peppered by showers, a black cat crossing the path of a lain-down cow - but too many conspicuously empty skies have blackened my reputation as a soothsayer. Now I only predict Black Ops 2 double XP weekends - much easier, as they’re far more frequent. And on a week that also sees the PC release of the new Uprising DLC? Inevitable.
Echo, beta, paid alpha, early access! Alright soldiermen, it’s time for your briefing. At eighteen-hundred hours yesterday evening, while each of us was engaged in an Approved Appropriately Patriotic Pastime with our heterosexual nuclear families, Johnny Treyarch was busy whipping up an Uprising. He stirred things up with that Alcatraz business in the Xbox Isles and PlayStonia last month, and now he’s set on doing the same here.
Here’s a thing, though. Sledgehammer Games, last seen assisting on Modern Warfare 3, won’t be stepping in for second-studio duties on Infinity Ward’s new “sub-brand”. Instead, they’re developing a CoD FPS entirely separate from Ghosts.
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Surprising very few people, Activision will be releasing a new Call of Duty this year. It, as expected, will be called Call of Duty: Ghosts and, unfortunately, is not a return to their 1984 Ghostbusters game.
A few details have been announced, Infinity Ward are finally moving to a new engine (they’ve been reusing the same engine since 2005’s Call of Duty 2) and they’re aiming to release the game on 5 November.
After two weeks of going steady with the Xbox, Black Ops’ latest map pack tires of monogamy and begins looking about itself. Mark my words - in two-and-a-half weeks’ time, it’ll be whispering sweet new maps into the hard drives of our PCs.
It might be easier if we start reporting the days when Black Ops isn’t buckling under the influence of an extended double-something holiday. It’s been only two days since the last extra XP free-for-all came to a close, and already Treyarch have announced that you’ll get twice the virtual buck for your bang over this weekend.
Lord, this is going to get confusing. Blizzard’s secret project for the past umpteen years has been codenamed ‘Titan’. Got that? Right. So it transpires that Respawn, new home of former Activision insubordinate* Vince Zampella and half of Infinity Ward, have trademarked something called ‘Titan’. Won't somebody think of the tags?
Mob of the Dead is one of five maps found in Black Ops 2’s imminent Uprising map pack, but I can’t imagine any of the others are nearly so star-splattered as this. Welcome to Alcatraz, where you’ll be recast as the spitting image of one of four Hollywood gangsters: Ray Liotta, Joe Pantoliano, Chazz Palmentiri, or Michael Madsen.
Activision’s cheekily irresponsible live-action shorts have returned for Black Ops 2’s latest map pack, Uprising. If you somehow missed the TV spots last time, you’ll grasp the gist soon enough: stone-cold chiller The Replacer is employed to keep the domestic wheels of Call of Duty players’ lives turning while they work on their K/D ratio, and this time has brought a friend. Laugh as the pair carry out the jobs Activision have determined are held down by the median Call of Duty player. Tee hee! Chortle as the Replacers humour the love interests of their invariably heterosexual absentee boyfriends. Ho ho!
But more importantly, play close attention to the new map footage buried around the trailer’s midpoint, and check out Treyarch’s Behind the Scenes look at Alcatraz-set Zombies map Mob of the Dead.
The next map pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will feature five different maps to fight over, will go by the name of Uprising and includes a map set on the Californian prison island of Alcatraz. That particular map be called Mob of the Dead because it's going to be full of zombies and gangsters.
Black Ops 2: Uprising is yet to be the beneficiary of an official announcement, let alone a laggy PC release date. But we already know where its risings will emerge - either from the graves of a new Zombies level, or the throats of enthusiastic players across four PvP maps.