"Call of Duty Black Ops II" Announced, Trailer Released (VIDEO)

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The Call of Duty franchise continues to dominate the world of video games, and the next installment in a long line of sequels has recently been announced.

Taking advantage of the buzz around the NBA Playoffs, this week on TNT, Activision released a trailer for its next edition of Call of Duty. Until now, the franchise has focused on past U.S. wars—World War II and Vietnam. Call of Duty: Black Ops II pushes gamers into the future—to 2025—when the world is in the midst of another Cold War. Protagonist Alex Mason has been replaced by his son, who is assigned to protect the President (a female, by the way).

"There are a lot of new ideas in this game," says Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg. "We are taking some risks. Technology and weapons have converged to create a new generation of warfare."

New "Strike Force" missions demand precise decision-making with the controller and directly affect the storyline—including the outcome of battlefield encounters, geopolitical events, 1980s flashbacks, character re-encounters and the appearance of zombies. The previous two editions of Call of Duty were the largest launches in gaming history, and we can expect comparable hype for Black Ops II. The game doesn't come out until Nov. 13; in the meantime, check out the trailer below and learn how some of our STACKletes fare when playing Call of DutyTerrance Cody, Brandon Lloyd and Dwight Howard).

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