It had already been assumed that a November launch was assured; Activision has released a new Call of Duty game every November since Call of Duty 2 back in 2006. That title was an Xbox 360 launch title.
Developers Infinity Ward and Treyarch have taken turns handling the game entries in the series. The last game in the series was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which was released on November 8, 2011 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3,and the Nintendo Wii.
Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games did the bulk of the work on that game, with assists by Raven Software, Treyarch (Wii version), and Neversoft.
Based on the back-and-forth nature of the development, you'd expect Treyarch to handle the development of this entry in the series, and you'd be right. The game is expected to be a smash as Call of Duty: Black Ops, which was released in 2010, was the best-selling video game ever in the United States, at least according to some estimates.
The game is set in the near-future, where the U.S. has developed robots and drones that can be used on the front lines of a battlefield. An enemy acquires that technology and turns it against cities around the globe.
The single-player campaign will feature multiple plotlines and nonlinear gameplay, meaning that a player's actions in the game will affect how the story unfolds. Treyarch and Activision haven't said much about the multiplayer gameplay, however.
Watch the gameplay video below. Although for some the futuristic action was a departure from previous entries in the series, and thus a turn-off, others were excited about the new technology in the game.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 releases Nov. 13, 2012, priced at $59.99 across all the different game platforms.