Activision registers, likely continuing Treyarch's series

Activision seems committed to a yearly Call of Duty, and with 2011's Modern Warfare 3 under its belt, it's time to start looking towards the future. While nothing has officially been revealed just yet, new information has it sounding more likely that we may see a revisit to the Call of Duty: Black Ops series in the near future, which makes sense, what with the game making over a billion dollars since it released in 2010.

Fusible reports that Activision has recently registered the domain name, adding fuel to the speculative fire surrounding the next Call of Duty game. Well, Activision didn't actually purchase it directly, they did so through MarkMonitor, a service used by major companies to acquire domain names. A few months back the publisher picked up blackops3, blackops4, blackops5, blackops6, through MarkMonitor, but was unable to get blackops2 for some reason. It would appear that whatever was in the way has now moved aside (likely thanks to a large check with lots of 0s), as the publisher now owns the domain and can do with it whatever it wants. We're guessing that it's going to eventually put a website on there with a countdown clock that will countdown to a tease for a release date of the first trailer, which will actually only tease a longer trailer to be debuted at a later date, but that's just our guess.

There's always the chance that it is just securing the domain names just in case, but we'd be quite surprised if Activision didn't return to the Black Ops universe in the sooner than later.


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  • drake-wayne - April 5, 2012 9:05 p.m.

    Can't wait! No second chance! I love these games, mostly the guns. I just got a M4 like in the game and they have a bunch of other guns from different games.
  • RedOutlive10 - January 12, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    Oh, I didn't expect them to milk the franchise they have been squeezing since 2003.
  • THEBIGJ3 - January 10, 2012 3:23 a.m.

    Hate hate HATE Black OPs!!! What a load of shite that campaign was! I went straight in on Veteran for a challenge, and all I got was some ancient tried and tired mechanic of 'run to an invisible trigger point, get killed, hope for a respawn closer to the end. This is not a challenge, it's a waste of my time!!! HATE it! Infinite respawning enemies! HATE it! The fact that there might be a Black Ops 2... HATE it!! The fact that it's STILL MASSIVELY OVERPRICED!! HATE it!!!! Multiplayer (Never played it...snapped the disc and binned it before trying it) There are so many BETTER games than Black OPs, yet it's everywhere, on every website, magzine, xbox dashboard... It is to gaming, what Justin Bieber is to music, utter shite, yet everyone buys it??? Rant over.
  • shawksta - January 9, 2012 5:08 p.m.

    Aw, i wanted to go back to World at War but black ops 2 seems nice.........right!?
  • comaqi - January 9, 2012 2:36 p.m.

    .............................................................please just stop................................................
  • gazzc - January 9, 2012 2:07 p.m.

    Yawn. I already know exactly how this game will will be the same as the last one with a bit better graphics and a few new multiplayer modes. Seriously, it is starting to get a bit old now. Unless they can come up with something really special then I have lost interest completely.
  • rzn6jw - January 9, 2012 7:58 p.m.

    It'd really be nice if the programmers would allow you to wander the 'lay of the land' and look at all the nice graphics they put into the game once in a while. The way it is now with all the run-and-gun, the most you see of the scenery is a glance.
  • ShowMeYourKitties - January 9, 2012 12:28 p.m.

    I don't even care enough to be mad
  • db1331 - January 9, 2012 12:26 p.m.

    Ranked dedicated servers or they can shove it.
  • EL Barto - January 9, 2012 12:28 p.m.

  • QuinNet - January 9, 2012 12:21 p.m.

    YES! Treyarch are so much better than Infinity ward and sledge hammer games put together. Not sure about about Black Ops 2 though, I was more thinking about Black Ops: 2012 The End?
  • PevMaster - January 9, 2012 1:48 p.m.

    Bullshit! Black Ops was....actually, let me explain it to you like this: Imagine a guy called Dave. He builds a car. A really good-looking, but not very high-powered, car. He takes it for a spin once in a while, and each time he does all his friends go 'wow'. (Call of Duty) Well, Dave decides to build another car, but with upgraded features. The suspension is smoother, the paint is shinier and the tires look really bad-ass. Now everyone loves this new car. (Call of Duty 2) Well, a genius idea strikes Dave in the middle of the night for a future car. He rushes off to make his plans a reality, leaving Dave's son Bill at home. Bored, and wanting to impress his father, Bill digs up the schematics for the first car and builds his own. This third car is pretty much exactly the same as the first, but because Bill drove too close too a wall, it's got scratch marks all over it. Bill's neighbours are dissapoitned by the car, expecting something better. (Call of Duty 3) Now Dave has come back with his new car: it's a full-on sports car built for speed and dynamics. It's beauty is unmatched by its power, and it goes on to win several races. Excitedly Dave goes off again to build another car. (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare) Not wanting to dissapoint his father and the neighbours another time, Bill decides to add something new to the car: side-rammers. A lot of spectators like this new addition in the race, but due to engine failure towards the end of the race, Bill's car only secures third place. (Call of Duty: World at War) This is when Dave returns full-force: his new car is the best of its kind, perfecting every possible area of the car that it could. This car gets first place in every race. He now gets to work on another car. (Modern Warfare 2) Following on the build of his last car, Bill makes a few changes to the engine to prevent another embarassment, but the only real other new thing is a fresh coat of paint. In its first race, Bill speeds miles ahead of its few competitors and takes first place instantly, but only because its using premium oil, which is against the rules; however, nobody complains. Bill's car wins every single race it competes in, but by its last race people have gotten a foul taste in their mouthes and are sick to death of this car. They protest that Bill's car should not have won in the first place, but nobody listens. (Call of Duty: Black Ops) Meanwhile, Dave has suffered a stroke halfway through development of his new car, so he asks his younger son Jim to help him build it with him. The result is arguably quite similar to Dave's last car, but it's sleek and polished frame, accompanied by a powerful engine amongst other things, lets it narrowly take first place ahead of his agressive neighbour Todd. But despite the overall excellence of the car, spectators and ex-fans refuse to believe that it's any good and boo every time it wins a race (which is pretty often). (Modern Warfare 3) Rumors are that Bill's going to build his fourth car soon and race it in November this year. I suspect that the car will crash and burn, before being dismantled and destroyed by his 'fans' shortly afterwards. Then, Bill will probably be hung in the town square. (Black Ops 2)
  • ParagonT - January 9, 2012 2 p.m.

    I disagree with your entire post. I believe MW3's game play is a bit too "Hit boxy" compared to Black Ops fluid game play. Although I believe MW3 had its good points (Spec Ops and Survival), Black Ops had it's good points as well (Nazi Zombies and vibrancy). Although I believe Black Op's smoother game play and more flavored maps give it an edge compared to MW3. In honesty I think they're both a bit stagnant in this saturated CoD frenzy, so I guess it doesn't really matter. Just my opinion.
  • TheZigMan - January 9, 2012 2:22 p.m.

    That was a well written post. Too bad its too long and noone will read it
  • rzn6jw - January 9, 2012 7:54 p.m.

    Hey.....I read the entire post and I thought it was great. It took a lot of imagination to write that and it's pretty close to reality!
  • TheZigMan - January 9, 2012 9:30 p.m.

    Thats why I said it was well written. But internet commenters are not exactly know for their sense of patience or maturity
  • Pwnz0r3d - January 9, 2012 3:40 p.m.

    Black Ops had MUCH more than just a new set of (crappier) graphics. I don't prefer it to MW2, but its multiplayer is much more original than MW3's, and the story doesn't use useless "shock" nonsense or convoluted betrayals just to "make it seem deep and badass." As for your evaluation for MW3; the game had the same EVERYTHING as MW2. The Steam download was 50mb. 50 megabytes. That should tell you how much it piggybacks off of MW2. A better comparison would have been that he was driving the same car as he did 4 years ago, but promised a lifetime supply of Mountain Dew and Doritos to the fans in the stands if he won first place. Points for effort and creativity, though.
  • kingsmikefan - January 9, 2012 7:52 p.m.

    That was amazing.
  • QuinNet - January 10, 2012 8:48 a.m.

    Infinity Ward had to use sledge hammer to help them, that is just embarrassing. Not to forget the multiplayer was even fully patched e.g Unlimited Prestige tokens. Shill I continue... nah. Also for the people who keep saying COD is the same game year after year, I think Treyarch games are something different to the Modern Warfare series. Zombies, wager matches, loads of new guns etc...
  • NobleSix - January 9, 2012 12:08 p.m.


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