Some very quick folks have dug this image hidden in the recent announcement trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. It features a solider in a classic Black Ops pose but seems extremely different than in previous games. This soldier has been given robotic arms, as you can clearly see these are apart of his body and not added hardware like the exo-suit in Advanced Warfare. This suggests that a chunk of the game will indeed be set further in the future than Advanced Warfare or Black Ops 2.
Could this image be an augmented David Mason from Black Ops 2?
Check out the official synopsis for the game picked-up by Forbes which was on the Call of Duty website confirming it’s indeed set in the future. The new blurb does support the idea that we could be seeing warfare robotics merge into ground soldiers. What this looks like in campaign and zombies modes is uncertain, but I’m sure the reveal trailer on April 26th will expand upon this new information.
“Call of Duty®: Black Ops 3 is the first title for next-gen hardware in the critically acclaimed Black Ops series. Developed by Treyarch, the award-winning creator of the two most-played games in Call of Duty® history. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 deploys players into a dark, twisted future where a new breed of Black Ops soldiers emerges and the lines are blurred between our own humanity and the technology we created to stay ahead, in a world where cutting-edge military robotics define warfare. With three unique game modes: Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies, providing fans with the deepest and most ambitious Call of Duty ever.”
The idea of making a Call of Duty game involving cyborgs isn’t new, as they included a new zombies mode in the China-only Call of Duty: Online which featured cyborg zombies in Cyborg Rising. I’m curious if they were testing the waters with this mode for Black Ops 3, and how Western fans reacted to it when they eventually got a glimpse at it. It was also shown in the live-action trailers for the game featuring Captain America himself Chris Evans.
I should point-out that Treyarch Studios, who makes Black Ops, didn’t have any involvement with Call of Duty: Online, but franchise developer Raven Software (Wolfenstein) did. Raven has developed all the DLC for the Black Ops franchise along with Ghosts/Advanced Warfare and is expected to return for Black Ops 3, it’s very possible a version of Cyborg Zombies could be included in Black Ops 3 at either launch or for DLC.
Honestly, this could mean the game is a mix of Ghost In The Shell meets Deus Ex depending how advanced they want to make these robotic enhancements and abilities. It would very much distant itself from the exo-suits of Advanced Warfare and include a crazy amount of attachments with the augments, such as hidden weapons in body parts and all sorts enhancements like speed, strength, body armor and new types of robotic drones.
Watch this trailer for the upcoming Ghost In The Shell first-person-shooter which I assume could end-up looking a lot like a cyborg-focused Black Ops 3, I’m totally on board if it looks anything like this.
I just hope Treyarch or Raven considers using my idea for Zombies or Cyborg Zombies having a mission set on a Russian colony base setup on Mars, could make for a fun DLC game.
SOURCE: ACTIVISION and TREYARCH