Black Ops 2 Looking Increasingly Likely as the Next Call of Duty
A new Call of Duty game release is expected every year, making last week’s news that, yes, 2012 will see a new game in the series come no real surprise. With Infinity Ward and Treyarch continuing to alternate releases, this year is Treyarch’s turn to bring out a game. At this point we don’t know any of the specifics, but it’s looking increasingly likely that it will be a direct sequel to Black Ops, at least in terms of naming.
After previously acquiring Black Ops-related domain names (from BlackOps3.com up through BlackOps6.com), Activision reportedly got its hands on BlackOps2.com not long ago. The domain acquisition on its own didn’t seem like a confirmation that Black Ops would receive a follow-up; many companies purchase domains in order to simply have their hands on them so others cannot profit on their intellectual property. Other times it’s done to avoid embarrassing situations where a URL based on a game’s name cannot be used to promote the competition — a situation Activision found itself in last year when ModernWarfare3.com was home to a site knocking Call of Duty and encouraging visitors to pick up Battlefield 3. Activision decided to take action against the domain in an effort to acquire it, which it managed to do successfully. The entire situation could have been avoided had it simply registered the domain sooner, so BlackOps2.com falling into the hands of Activision seemed insignificant on its own.
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