Activision confirms Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2

The UK website for Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 has revealed the name, release date and first details of the next entry in Activision’s hit firstperson shooter franchise.

The Black Ops 2 site seemingly went live ahead of schedule, with an official world reveal scheduled for this evening US time when the debut trailer is due to air during the NBA playoffs.

The site is no longer accessible but it confirmed that Treyarch’s sequel will launch on November 13 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, as well as recent rumours of a near future setting.

The game’s pre-order page offered the following information: "Pushing the boundaries of what fans have come to expect from the record-setting entertainment franchise, Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 propels players into a near future, 21st Century Cold War, where technology and weapons have converged to create a new generation of warfare."

November 2010’s Black Ops generated more than $1 billion for Activision in just six weeks on sale and last June it became the UK’s best-selling game of all time. By September 2011 the title had sold over 23 million copies worldwide, as well as 18 million $15 downloadable map packs.

While analysts have suggested the franchise’s popularity is on the wane, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirschberg said in February that Call Of Duty has over 40 million monthly active users, with ten million of those playing the original Black Ops and 20 million playing last year’s Modern Warfare 3.