call of duty black ops ii logoActivision has announced the follow up to Black Ops, next entry in the Call of Duty franchise, as the expected Call of Duty: Black Ops II with a confirmed release date of 13th November 2012.

The trailer shows the game is now set in the future, the year 2025 and features David Mason the son of the previous lead character Alex Mason.The plot is based around Raul Menendez who, in 2025, is provoking a war between China and the USA, something David Mason attempts to stop.

In 2025 much of the warfare is done with unmanned vehicles, controlled by computers, except when control of these machines is stolen and taken over by the other side “the things they built to keep us safe, are turned against us..”. Narrator Frank Woods, a character from the first Black Ops, goes on to say  “they’ll always need men like us, those who are willing to do what others cannot”.

Black Ops II will be the first Call of Duty video game to feature branching storylines, in which the player’s choice affects both the current mission and in turn, the overall course of the story. The game will feature special ‘Strike Force’ missions that are offered as a choice to the player during the campaign. Choosing one of the missions locks out the others unless the player begins a fresh campaign. [from Wikipedia]

The game will also include a revamped Zombies mode, hugely popular since introduction, using a new engine to allow for more zombies on larger maps. Its also rumoured Zombies mode can support up to 8 co-op players instead of the previous 4.

Game design director David Vonderhaar also promised multi-player changes:

Multiplayer is no longer a one-size-fits-all solution. We’ve stripped the game back a lot and started from a very core place. Treyarch’s focus for multiplayer will mainly be to reach as many play styles as possible, while creating a revamped experience for gamers to fall in love with. Lets face it, the online stuff is getting boring, old, and hack-tastic; fans deserve something thrilling – something that will be a breakthrough in the FPS genre.