Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 News
News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Expansion Ushers the Apocalypse
No sign of Ben Affleck, though
Treyarch’s infectiously enthusiastic David Vonderhaar is back to provide a run-through of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s final DLC pack, Apocalypse. The add-on – which is due out this month on the Xbox 360, and later on the PlayStation 3 – includes four fresh maps and a brand new zombie co-op experience. The new...
News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Is Back with a Vengeance in New Map Pack
Lock and load
Call of Duty: Ghosts may be guzzling up Activision’s attention at the moment, but that doesn't mean that it's done with last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Following a string of leaks earlier today, the publisher has confirmed that the first-person shooter’s latest map pack Vengeance is on the way, and it includes four new...
News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's 'Uprising' DLC Adds Volcanoes, Hollywood Stars
Staging a rock concert, too
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is set to host a global uprising later this year, with the first-person shooter’s second major expansion pack. The add-on – dubbed Uprising, in case you missed it – features four new maps and a fresh “zombie adventure”. Treyarch is describing the package as the most “fan-centric” it...
News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Expanding Its Arsenal with Microtransactions
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 may have managed to stave off the dreaded online pass – but the lure of microtransactions has proved too much for the title to resist. Activision has confirmed that the first-person shooter will be upgraded with a slew of small items in the coming weeks, which will allow you to further customise your game. For...
News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Starts a Revolution on 28th February
Something about being televised
Those of you with tickly trigger fingers will finally be able to sate your Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 cravings on 28th February, when the first-person shooter’s hotly anticipated ‘Revolution’ add-on unloads on the PlayStation Network. The content – already available on the Xbox 360 – will cost you $14.99, or...
News UK Sales Charts: DmC Pounded into Fourth by Black Ops 2
After dominating last week, DmC: Devil May Cry’s halo has slipped down into fourth position in the UK sales charts. The title was toppled by former frontrunner Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which shot straight back to the summit. Familiar favourites FIFA 13 and Far Cry 3 occupied second and third respectively. Elsewhere,
News Zombies Infiltrate Nuketown in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
They're looking for brains
All of that radiation has clearly played havoc with the once neighbourly population of Nuketown. Activision has announced that from 17th January, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 season pass holders will be able to embark in a spot of undead shenanigans on the popular map. If you’re planning on joining the fun, we seriously...
News December NPD: Black Ops 2 Dominates Disappointing 2012
The future's bleak
Staying consistent with the rest of 2012, December served up another year of decline for the North American video game industry. Despite pulling in a whopping $3.2 billion during the festive window, sales were still down 22 per cent over last year’s $4.10 billion. The year as a whole drooped by a similar margin, scooping just...
News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Adds New Maps Next Month
Plus, fresh firepower
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s first DLC pack Revolution will target the PlayStation Network on 28th February. The add-on will include four brand new maps, a fresh zombies arena, a unique undead game mode, and an exclusive weapon. That’s quite a hefty offering compared to previous expansions. The added locations include...
News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Was the UK's Best Selling Game of 2012
We don’t know why Chart-Track even bothers to hire statisticians to uncover the annual best selling game in the UK. Everyone knows it’s going to be Call of Duty or FIFA anyway, so what’s the point? We suppose it gives us something to pad out an otherwise slow Saturday afternoon – seriously, the alternative to this story was a...
Rumour Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Starting a Revolution Soon
We all want to change the world
It looks like the first expansion pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 isn’t far away. Leaked promotional materials teasing an add-on called ‘Revolution’ suggest that the content is set to arrive on the Xbox 360 on 29th January. As always, PlayStation 3 owners will be made to wait at least a month due to...
News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Keeps UK Sales Charts Captive
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 weathered a valiant assault from Far Cry 3 to steal the UK sales charts’ festive top spot this week. Despite seeing sales rise by 86 per cent after a slew of holiday discounts, Ubisoft’s tropical adventure couldn’t quite outpace Activision’s blockbuster, which became the first title in 2012 to top the...
News UK Sales Charts: Black Ops 2 Closes Out a Fifth Week
Number one with a bullet
We suspect that there are going to be a fair few copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 stuffed beneath the Christmas tree next Tuesday. Activision’s commercial steamroller has secured a fifth week at the top of the UK sales charts, equalling LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes’ spell at the summit. Hitman: Absolution surged...
News UK Sales Charts: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Shows Its Staying Power
The winter weather has clearly had an impact on the UK sales charts, seeing as the season’s heavy hitters seem frozen in place. Indeed, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has continued its spell at the summit, holding off competition from Far Cry 3 and FIFA 13. Elsewhere, Assassin’s Creed III sloped into fifth, while
News November NPD: Sales Drop, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Rocks
Bang on trend
The excellent hardware figures for Black Friday week weren’t enough to offset the North American video game industry’s continued decline in November. According to the NPD group, numbers for the period fell by 11 per cent year-over-year, with sales amounting to $2.55 billion, compared to $2.87 billion in 2011. Hardware sales were...
News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Earned $1 Billion in Just 15 Days
Back in black
There may be some debate over whether Call of Duty is still the juggernaut that it once was, but one thing’s for certain: most publishers would give their left arm for a franchise this successful. Activision has revealed that the latest instalment in its modern military series Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has grossed an eye-watering $1...
News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Takes UK Sales Charts Hostage
The future's black
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 may not be selling as well as its predecessors, but it’s still utterly dominating the UK sales charts. The first-person shooter has held onto its position at the top of the best sellers list, forcing new release Far Cry 3 into second. That's despite the insanity simulator securing the ninth biggest...
News Analyst: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Sales Are Cause for Concern
Industry may as well pack up
Sales for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 are trending 15 per cent lower than last year’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, an analyst has claimed. Arvind Bhatia of financial firm Sterne Agee noted that the sales for last year’s title were already 5 per cent lower than the original Call of Duty: Black Ops, indicating that...
News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Shoots Down Japanese Sales Charts
Japan may be quite introverted with its video game tastes, but it does enjoy the odd first-person shooter. That’s evidenced this week by the surprising sales numbers for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which managed to shift a whopping 197,350 units on PlayStation 3 alone. In fact, it was a good week for Sony’s home console in general,...
News UK Sales Charts: Black Ops 2 Puts a Bullet in Agent 47
Battle Royale struggles
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 managed to keep Hitman: Absolution at bay this week, as Square Enix’s prominently marketed stealth title could only reach second in the latest UK sales charts. Activision’s shooter suffered an 87 per cent drop in sales over the previous week, but was still strong enough to stay at the summit. It...
News Someone Played Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for 135 Hours in a Week
What’s your longest gaming marathon? We bet it doesn’t come anywhere near Guinness World Record holder Okan Kaya’s personal best, who smashed the global record for the longest gaming session ever this week by registering a staggering 135 hours in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 over seven days. Guinness World Record rules state that contenders...
News UK Sales Charts: Black Ops 2 Shoots Straight to the Top
But it's not all good news
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 shot straight to the top of the UK sales charts this week, securing the biggest release of 2012 so far. However, the Activision published first-person shooter did not have enough ammunition to outpace any of its most recent predecessors, as it could only secure the fourth biggest British release...
News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Earned $500 Million in 24 Hours
But Activision keeps sales numbers secret
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 earned a cool $500 million in 24 hours, publisher Activision has announced. The estimated figure is considerably higher than the previous records held by both Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and the first Call of Duty: Black Ops. However, the company failed to share actual sales...
News Black Ops 2 Sold One Million Copies in 24 Hours at GameStop
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 sold an outrageous 1 million copies in 24 hours at US retailer GameStop. Company president Tony Bartel revealed the number to Bloomberg Businessweek, adding that it was the outlet’s largest launch of all time. Amazon echoed the executive’s comments, noting that the first-person shooter was the most pre-ordered...
News Black Ops 2 Sold 10,000 Copies in Five Minutes at Blockbuster UK
Call of Duty is still in fashion, then. Blockbuster UK’s commercial director Gerry Butler has revealed that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 sold a dizzying 10,000 copies in just five minutes across the retail chain’s 450 British stores. “It was fantastic to see thousands of people turn out at over 450 Blockbuster stores last night and our...
News Black Ops 2's Nuketown 2025 Map Sure Looks Colourful
Black hole sun
We remember the original Nuketown map being a bit bland, but tastes in the future are clearly a touch more refined. This brand new Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer shows off the updated Nuketown 2025 arena in delicious Technicolor, complete with creepy mannequins and garish wallpaper patterns. Sadly, the stage is restricted to...
News Activision Splashes Out On Ostentatious Black Ops 2 Commercial
What happens when you own the most successful video game franchise in the world? You employ Guy Ritchie to direct a ridiculous live-action trailer promoting the series' latest release, of course. This Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 commercial features Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Zach Galfianakis (The Hangover), Kyle Myers (that weapons...
News New Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Trailer Is the Ultimate Tease
Blink and you'll miss it
We’ve tolerated teaser trailers for a while now – but this Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 video really takes the biscuit. It’s five seconds long, for goodness' sake. Don’t look at us like that – it’s a slow news day, ok? The game's due out next month. You'll need to pre-order at a participating retailer in order to...
News Your Weapons Can Prestige in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
XP out of your ears
The secret behind Call of Duty’s success is its ability to reward you for everything you do. Even when you’re losing, you always feel like you’re achieving something – and the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 aims to take that to the next level. Not only will you be able to Prestige as a player in the Treyarch...
News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Trailer Deploys Delicious Future Tech
Back in black
We don’t care what anyone says: this Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer is absolutely fantastic. The short video wastes no time showing off the title’s futuristic technology, with wing suits, remote-controlled spider drones, and plenty more on display. Come on, don’t fight it – you know you’re excited deep down. The game's due...
News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Trailer to Infiltrate England Qualifier
Soccer and shooters
Amidst the tension of England’s crunch World Cup qualifier against Poland this evening, Activision will debut a brand new Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer. The video – which will be shown at half-time on ITV1 in the UK – promises a “world premiere” of something new. The publisher noted on Twitter: “Just had a sneaky...
News Call of Duty Elite Bins Paywall, Introduces Season Pass Instead
Up and down
Activision has decided to remove the paywall from stat-tracking service Call of Duty Elite, making the supplementary service a free option for all Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 players. The catch is that you’ll now need to shell out for a Season Pass if you want access to all of the shooter’s DLC at a discounted price. The subscription...
News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Deploys with Double XP
If you belong to the bizarre breed of gamers that just has to be first at everything, then you’re probably going to want to pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Alongside exclusive access to the previously announced Nuketown 2025 map, you’ll also score double XP for all of your endeavours throughout the game’s launch weekend. That’s...
News Activision Resurrects Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's Zombies Mode
After months of dilly-dallying with meaningless teaser trailers, Activision's finally dug up the details on Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s zombies component. As expected, the mode will be significantly more ambitious than previous endeavours – boasting new game types for up to eight-players. In addition to the usual Survival option –...
News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Protecting Your PS3 with Install
Wear and tear
Harbouring a Call of Duty obsession can be quite a strain on both your social life and your PS3’s disc drive. Thankfully, Treyarch has come up with a solution to the latter, confirming that Black Ops 2 will include an optional install designed to reduce mechanical damage over prolonged multiplayer sessions. The feature will see...
News Treyarch Teases Black Ops 2's Zombies Mode... Again
Get on with it
It turns out that yesterday’s “thrilling” footage of an old black and white television was just a warm up for today’s more pronounced promotion. Treyarch is gearing up for the reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s zombies mode – but it’s certainly taking its time. This brand new video focuses on a rickety old bus that...
News Grainy Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Trailer Teases Zombies Mode
Hunting for brains
If you consider watching a 43-second video of an old black and white television a responsible use of your time, then you’ll probably get a kick out of this Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 teaser. It’s clearly hinting at the imminent announcement of the game’s zombies mode, which developer Treyarch has been coy about ever since the...
News Treyarch Infiltrates Eurogamer Expo with Black Ops 2
In the firing line
Organisers of the Eurogamer Expo have confirmed that Treyarch will present a Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 developer session at the event on Friday, 28th September at 15:00PM. The panel – sneakily dubbed “Challenging Assumptions” – will be anchored by game design director David Vonderhaar, and will presumably touch upon how...
News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Trailer Talks Through Tweaks
War has changed
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 may look familiar on the surface, but there are a lot of subtle changes going on behind the scenes. This brand new trailer – narrated by Treyarch’s excitable David Vonderhaar – details the shooter’s class creation system, as well as outlining some of the title’s new weapons. Honestly, we know...
News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Firing into Eurogamer Expo
Oh my CoD
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is the latest title to be added to the already bulging Eurogamer Expo line-up. The title’s multiplayer component will be fully playable at the show, which is set to take place at Earls Court in London between 27th September and 30th September. The blockbuster joins a bevy of other playable gems, including...
News Take a Closer Look at CoD: Black Ops 2's Care Package
So much stuff
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s recently announced Care Package limited edition is so big that it takes two people to pick it up. The bundle comes brimming with content, including a working Quadcopter and more. If you’d like to know what's in the box, watch Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia proudly reveal everything in the trailer below...
News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's Limited Editions Are Excessive
Activision’s decided to give the bulging Borderlands 2: Ultimate Loot Edition a real run for its money. It’s announced a couple of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 special editions, both of which are brimming with in-game content and goodies. The 'Hardened Edition' features the game, a steelbook case, soundtrack, challenge coins and...
News Zombies Shuffling into Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's Nuketown
There goes the neighbourhood
Call of Duty: Black Ops’ idyllic Nuketown map is set to be overrun by zombies in the shooter’s upcoming sequel. Developer Treyarch Tweeted the embedded image to the right, teasing the undead’s imminent arrival. It’s unclear whether the zombies will be reserved to those who obtain the Nuketown 2025 map via...
News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Multiplayer Ditches Kill Streaks
Read all about it
Developer Treyarch has already proven that it’s not afraid to deviate from the established Call of Duty rulebook. The studio made a big splash out of its decision to incorporate branching plot points and sandbox missions into Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s single-player campaign – and it’s making similarly radical changes to...
News You Should Probably Watch This Black Ops 2 Multiplayer Trailer
Back to the future
Haters may want to divert their attention elsewhere, because we’re about to say something positive about Activision’s upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. The publisher’s released the very first footage of the near-future shooter’s multiplayer component – and it actually looks really good. Freed from the shackles of the...
News Go Behind the Scenes with Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Behind developer lines
Treyarch has pulled back the curtain on some of its Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 experiences, including working with Hollywood writers and big name musicians. Predictably, there's high praise a-plenty. Screenwriter David S. Goyer, who worked on Batman Begins and Blade, is involved in writing Black Ops 2's story. Goyer describes...
News Meet the Villain from Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Activision has released a brand new trailer introducing the most “insidious villain in Call of Duty history”. It’s not entirely clear why Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s Raul Menendez is such a bad man, but his impressive facial hair suggests that we should probably be afraid. You can catch up with the character in the trailer below...
News Trent Reznor Bringing Some Fresh Beats to Black Ops 2
Like nails on a chalkboard
If you assumed Call of Duty couldn’t possibly get any more edgy, then you were wrong. Activision has announced that it has snapped up Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor to compose Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s theme song. He will not produce the game’s entire soundtrack, however – that honour will go to Mass...
News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Officially Returns to Nuketown
Not the nicest neighbourhood
Activision has confirmed that an updated version of its popular Nuketown map will be doled out to those that pre-order the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 from participating retailers. “Nuketown was a blast to play before," explained Treyarch head Mark Lamia. “We're excited about the re-imagined Nuketown 2025 in...
News Nuketown Explodes into Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Chances are if you only know the name of one Call of Duty multiplayer map, it’ll be Nuketown. The popular Call of Duty: Black Ops layout has an immense following, and looks set to make a return appearance in the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. According to information obtained from a variety of retail sources, the map will...