After all the recent leaks and rumors regarding Activision's next Call of Duty release, the publisher finally officially announced the new game's unveil date. According to the Call of Duty website the world reveal will be on Tuesday, May 1st. A countdown timer accompanies the announcement, and the game is to be showcased during the basketball playoffs aired on TNT.
The upcoming installment in the widely-popular first-person shooter franchise is expected to be a sequel to 20120's Black Ops. In addition to previous indicators, a member of the NeoGAF forum discovered the Black Ops trademark in the game's source code.
2012 Activision Publishing, Inc. Activision and Call of Duty are registered trademarks and Black Ops is a trademark of Activision Publishing, Inc. it read below the source code.
On April 18th a poster leaked with a reveal date of May 2nd, according to Kotaku. Return for debriefing, read the caption under the date, leading players to believe that the newest Treyarch- developed game will be another Black Ops. The poster didn't give much detail, but displayed a dark, silhouetted man holding a gun.
Over the weekend the first leaked screenshot made its way to the Internet, revealed by Examiner.com. The shot didn't unveil too much about the game, but gave fans some insight into what the graphics may look like. The screenshot also exposed information about the new killstreak loadouts and disclosed the overall art direction the Black Ops sequel is set to take.
If you had to ask me, though, I think the blurry pixels around the text and the photo copied MP7 from 'Modern Warfare 3' is a good indication of its legitimacy, wrote Examiner.com's Nicholas Gigante.
On Activision's teaser page for the new game, 14 smaller boxes are scattered throughout the page. Each box has the word classified inside, which insinuates that bits of information will be revealed leading up to the game's launch. One box is filled with static and occasionally freezes to reveal an image, but the picture is still indistinguishable for the most part. It could possibly be more reveals regarding the game's maps or weapons, since from what can be made out it doesn't look like a character.
Those who have closely examined the image seem to think it resembles a machine-gun mounted Quadrotor Drone, according to WhatCulture.com.
The rumor becomes even more weighty considered in the context of the video below, which was posted by FPS Russia earlier today, which reveals what the Quadrotor Drone will look like and which features a thank you message to Call of Duty, who sponsored the video, wrote WhatCulture's Simon Gallagher.
Call of Duty: Black Ops is the most successful installment of the game's franchise to date. Treyarch's action shooter has sold more than 25 million copies to date on console devices, and is the best-selling game within the United States. The first Black Ops title took place during the Cold War, with players participating in secret missions throughout Vietnam and Cuba among other locations. This is the only Call of Duty game to take place during that era, which leaves plenty of plot points and content to be continued in a follow-up release.
Check out the video posted by WhatCulture below to get an idea of what to expect from the Quadrotor.