As game publisher Activision officially unveiled Black Ops 2 today, further details have emerged of the fifth Treyarch Call of Duty release and its unusual storyline.
The game is mostly set in the near-future of 2025 – a “second Cold War” – but also in the 1980s. It features drones and other robotic war machines that aren’t too removed from today’s reality.
The first level of the game is set in Los Angeles where the city is under siege by a fleet of US combat drones that have been hacked and are now controlled by terrorists. The player assumes role as David Mason, son of Alex Mason, a Black Ops soldier tasked with helping to escort the country’s President to a safe zone.
The attack on Los Angeles introduces much of the game’s weaponry, like armor piercing sniper rounds, a walking tank known as a Cognitive Land Assault Weapon (CLAW) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that fire on the enemy autonomously from above.
The rebel leader responsible for initiating the drone attacks on American cities is Raul Menendez who threatens China with similar action, sparking fears of a global war.
As China and the United States bid to control rare earth elements that are essential to all electronic military equipment, Menendez is said to use both “as pawns in a larger end game”.
And yes, zombies survival mode makes a welcome return.