After massive success with nearly every Call of Duty game, Activision seems comfortable with letting Treyarch take a risk with Black Ops II. A near-future setting and changes to the campaign experience are just some of the factors that make this sequel. Treyarch came up Black Ops 2‘s story over a year ago and have been working with renowned script writer David Goyer. They are out to present a world that’s different, yet totally plausible. So the locations you’ll visit shall resembles modern-day locales.
Black Ops 2 takes place in 2025, where China has risen to become a world super power and is embroiled in a future cold war with the United States over the most precious resource, rare earth elements. People will take up the role of David Mason, the son of the first game’s protagonist, Alex. Who will happen to appear in flashbacks set in the 1980s. As a direct sequel, Treyarch promises the return of other familiar faces including Frank Woods, who we’re sure died in the first game.
As tension between the United States and China is at an all-time high, a sinister opportunist makes his move. This villain is Raul Menendez, a Nicaraguan militant, who serves as the antagonist throughout the game. As hinted in the trailer, Menendez uses near-future technology to cause trouble in the unstable geopolitical climate.
Watch below for the first look at Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, you’ll see an elderly Frank Woods, a war-torn Los Angeles, and plenty of futuristic weaponry: