Hold the phone. Activision's secretly acquired the domain name www.blackops2.com, per a report on Fusible. First official sighting of a Call of Duty: Black Ops sequel? Sure looks like it, but no guarantees for the moment.
The domain was registered in May 2010, roundabouts the time of the original game's announcement, but was privacy-protected by Whois till this week.
Where does Activision come in? Well, blackops2.com is now in the custody of brand protection company MarkMonitor, which caters to over half the Fortune 100, including the Modern Warfare 3 publisher.
Fusible notes that Activision went through MarkMonitor to buy up a slew of Black Ops domains, all the way up to BlackOps6.com.
The publisher has released a new Call of Duty title every year since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, alternating between original Call of Duty studio Infinity Ward and its increasingly capable "B-team" Treyarch.