In a press release announcing the Treyarch sequel, the publisher bills it as "the most groundbreaking and visceral Call of Duty experience ever" and "the most ambitious Call of Duty to date". It's true that Activision says something very similar each time a new game in the series is revealed, but if we're honest we can't wait to see what developer Treyarch's going to bring to the table this November.
With a 2025 setting, branching storylines and non-linear missions, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg says the game is "bringing disruptive innovation to the franchise on several fronts. We're pushing the boundaries technologically, graphically, and from a narrative and gameplay perspective.
"At the same time, we need to stay true to the epic realism, authenticity, heart pumping adrenaline, and cinematic action that so many people love and expect from a Call of Duty game. Treyarch's vision for Call of Duty: Black Ops II will redefine the Call of Duty franchise for the future - both literally and figuratively."
Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia chips in: "With Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the team is crafting an experience that Call of Duty fans have never seen before. We are challenging assumptions on every front, with the single player campaign, Zombies and multiplayer.
"In the campaign, we are creating a thought-provoking story that introduces branching storylines and meaningful choices that impact the narrative.
"Running in the multiplayer engine for the first time, Zombies gives players a bigger and more diverse set of gameplay experiences, as well as entirely new ways to wage war with the undead.
"And in multiplayer, we're embracing all skill levels and play styles to give players more ways to engage. With Call of Duty: Black Ops II, we're all in and we won't rest until we've launched nothing less than the best Call of Duty we've ever made."