In a short but sweet reveal, game developer Treyarch cracked the lid on the seventh Call of Duty title, dubbing it Black Ops and teasing a release date of November 9, 2010. Expectations were that Activision would reveal the game’s title tonight on SpikeTV, but the game dev opted to lead early with the title and launch date this morning.
What of the name? Well for starters, Black Ops doesn’t sound very World War II. Alternate Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward’s two biggest revenue rainmakers–Modern Warfare and its recent sequel–take place in contemporary settings. It stands to reasons Treyarch wants in on that action, and with terrorism the watchword in the U.S. these days, you can already imagine the potential settings, from Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, or the Balkans to Venezuela, Colombia, Angola, or Zimbabwe, and various hot spots in the Middle East.