Rumours began circulating earlier this month 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 streamed a live event that featured a man cutting up a large piece of sheet metal suspended in a warehouse. When the sparks stopped flying it was revealed to be the new Black Ops logo 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”.
We can expect to learn more from the community event scheduled for May 17.
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 Infinite Warfare, 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 from Black Ops III.
For those curious about Treyarch’s use of IIII rather than the typical IV for the number four rest easy that it is not entirely out of bounds. While IV is the Roman Numeral for the number four, IIII has been used in the past by clockmakers. Substituting the IIII for IV for aesthetic purposes, which judging by the logo was the goal here as well.
Black Ops IIII is scheduled for an October 12th release.