KEY POINTS

  • A teaser for the next game in the "Call of Duty" franchise is heavy on the Cold War-era intrigue and espionage
  • KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov is the central figure in the trailer, specifically an actual television interview with him warning of Soviet infiltration of America
  • A connection between "Call of Duty: Warzone" and "Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War" is likely though it has not yet been revealed

A teaser trailer found on Twitter has led to the revelation of the next game in the “Call of Duty” franchise.

Polygon reports that the next installment in developer Treyarch’s franchise features a return to familiar territory in the form of “Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War.”

Twitter user @CharlieIntel discovered the teaser made up entirely of newsreels and historical footage from the era between 1947-1991, when the U.S. and the Soviet Union were the main protagonists in the Cold War.

It was a period when these two powerful nations were engaged in conflict but were not involved in direct military action against each other. Instead, they used economic and political actions, propaganda, acts of espionage, and proxy wars waged by surrogates on their behalf.

The trailer itself mentions a Soviet spy named Perseus who infiltrated some of the most secretive American defense institutions in order to give the U.S.S.R. an advantage in the global arms race. Perseus was supposedly never caught even after the Cold War ended.

KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov is the central figure in the trailer, specifically an actual television interview with him as he described the slow and methodical ways that the Soviet Union was trying to undermine the United States during that period.

A former Soviet journalist who spoke and wrote actively against communism after his defection, Brezmenov explained that the Soviet Union had a careful, decades-long plan to infiltrate and destabilize America.

It’s a series of chilling visuals as images of the Vietnam War, civil rights protests, government meetings, and speeches by the late U.S. president Ronald Reagan are flashed. It ends with a strong warning, “the time bomb is ticking. With every second the disaster is coming closer and closer. The danger is real.”

The timing of the trailer’s release coincided with members of the “Call of Duty” community completing a multi-day ARG that involved various forms of Cold War-style code-breaking, which led them to secret rooms inside the Verdansk map in “Call of Duty: Warzone.”

This would seem to imply that there could be a connection between “Black Ops: Cold War” and “Warzone.” The ARG also included a variety of videotapes, each corresponding to a year in Cold War history, with similar clips to the ones in this teaser.

The trailer ends with the reveal of the “Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War” title. It will be revealed in full on August 26. The title for this game was leaked last month with, of all things, a marketing campaign with Doritos.

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