Activision has just released the world’s first teaser trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, but with a cryptic theme and little details to go on, we’re rounding out some of the series’ past to give you an idea as to what you’ll get this fall.
Serving as a teaser for a “World Reveal” of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on April 26th, 2015, the latest trailer highlights the last two titles in the Black Ops series by mixing a Matrix-style visual element with a basic flashback narrative. Speaking in some of the lines that you can find during Alex Mason’s journey, the reveal trailer offered by Activision is cryptic at best, revealing only what we already know about Black Ops. To shine some light on the possibilities, we’ll touch on the series’ known history to get back into the story of what could be with Black Ops 3. First, have a look at the new trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 here.
In terms of story, Call of Duty: Black Ops titles have one signature thing in common – they time hop in both games thus far. In the first Black Ops title we saw a time hop from the early 1960’s dropping back to a 1945 conflict in the Artic circle. With Black Ops 2 a more prominent time hop took us from the year 2025 back into the 1980’s. This time hop helps drive the narrative in Black Ops titles as they have been known to be reflecting on past events that effect the “modern era” of which ever time you are placed in. With no direct clues in the teaser trailer above, we can’t be sure if Black Ops 3 will be set in any particular era, but it’s safe to say that it may be set ahead of the 2025 timeline of Black Ops 2. If it is set ahead of Black Ops 2, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is set in the year 2054, so there isn’t much of a window to work with before we’re using Exo-suits, but it’s a safe bet to say that Exo will not be in the Black Ops 3 multiplayer to help keep the series fresh through their yearly launches.
Black Ops 2 featured multiple possible endings to the campaign, which raises yet another issue with the future of the series. In the most preferred ending of four results China and the United States end the Second Cold War with the big-bad ending up in jail in an enraged fit. Assuming this is true, there is no reason why Black Ops 3 could begin where Ops 2 left off, with the inevitable escape from prison, but Call of Duty: Black Ops focused on a different primary “bad guy” than did BO2, so you shouldn’t expect the same. Rather I believe we’re looking at another head of the international community to avenge Menendez.
In terms of time line Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 has a very unique stance this time around. Given the 20 year jump in game play from Black Ops and Black Ops 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 could play out around the 2000’s, brushing up against the Modern Warfare series. Modern Warfare showcased Soap and Ghost as series favorite characters and some of the most preferred FPS characters of all-time, and with a time window between the 2000’s and 2050, Black Ops 3 could see a boat load of character cross-overs from any Call of Duty set in the “modern” era. With speculation already running rampant regarding Ghost making a comeback for Black Ops 3, there’s no reason why there can’t be an interaction between the two series at least for a moment during another flashback mission.
Both Call of Duty: Black Ops titles to have launched thus far have focused on a timeline in which the M-16 series of weapons were king, but haven’t quite reached out to the Modern Warfare status of high tech weaponry. As far as multiplayer is concerned, I think there are a few things you can be sure of with Black Ops 3. First, we’re not going to be using Exo in Black Ops 3, or at least they won’t be like what we use in Advanced Warfare. Second, we’re definitely going to be using the “Dolphin Dive” when going into the prone position from the run. Third, it’s definitely launching in Fall – probably announcing the Black Ops 3 release Date for November 3rd, 2015.
Update: Information surfaced by Twitter user @ThaTiemsz has revealed slightly more about the coming Black Ops, falling right in line with our ideas. Dropping the full official description as taken from the official Call of Duty website, here’s a bit more about the series incoming, and we’ve update the header image at the top with what should be the key art for the coming title – note the basic looking Exo suit he’s wearing. It’s clear that this is a transitional piece that could lead into the “Advanced Warfare” series’ story.
“Call of Duty®: Black Ops 3 is the first title for next-gen hardware in the critically acclaimed Black Ops series. Developed by Treyarch, the award-winning creator of the two most played games in Call of Duty® history. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 deploys players into a dark, twisted future where a new breed of Black Ops soldiers emerges and the lines are blurred between our own humanity and the technology we created to stay ahead, in a world where cutting-edge military robotics define warfare. With three unique game modes: Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies, it providing fans with the deepest and most ambitious Call of Duty ever.”
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