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Black Ops 3's Twitter account loses its mind and fakes a terrorist attack

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (opens in new tab) Twitter account usually tweets trailers, events, and general updates about the game - standard pre-release promotional stuff. But earlier today, Activision turned it into a mock near-future news outlet, reporting on a mysterious explosion and resulting quarantine in Singapore.

The newly christened "Current Events Aggregator" started off with a couple of fluff pieces to establish its credentials as a futuristic news source. As you might imagine, this provoked a few perplexed reactions from people who follow the Call of Duty Twitter account to hear about new multiplayer modes instead of future fashion.

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But then things got (fictionally) serious:

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The Coalescence Corporation has shown up before in some of Black Ops 3's ARG-style ad campaigns. It's your typical future tech giant, manufacturing cybernetic augmentations, robotics, and even Reaper, a robot Specialist from the competitive multiplayer mode.

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One of the multiplayer beta maps takes place "atop an overgrown rooftop in the middle of Singapore’s flooded quarantine zone," so these events must take place at least a few years before the campaign.

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Is this Twitter takeover yet more past-in-the-future lore for conspiracy-loving Black Ops fans to tear apart, or will we see another side of these events somewhere in the main campaign? We'll find out one when Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is released on November 6.

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I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.