Black Ops 2 packshot takes aim at 13th November release date

Possibly bogus image puts Black Ops sequel front and centre

Listen. Do you smell something? Certainly not a Ghostbusters reference, because that would have nothing whatsoever to do with this Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 packshot, pointing to a Black Ops 2 release date in November. Assuming it is indeed a Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 packshot, and not total bull. You know what? I think that's what I can smell. Bull.

It's pretty unlikely, after all, that Activision would release Call of Duty cover art which doesn't use the latest Xbox 360 branding, or wrap correctly to the dimensions of a DVD case. The release date at least is plausible - Call of Duty games have been launching in November since time began - and the chap holding the pistol is clearly the same chap glowering from the background of this official teaser image. Thanks for the memories, MP1st.


What do you think? Black Ops 2 is hotly rumoured to be answering the Call this year. Somebody leaked a multiplayer feature list a few weeks back - here it is again for your consideration. The new game will be revealed on 1st May.

Game Modes

Escort, a new game mode

> Similar to Search and Destroy however a live player must be escorted to one of three areas (or two depending on the map) without being killed.

>The match will have rounds, consisting of one life only.

Drop Zone and Kill Confirmed will return

Team Defender and Infected will not return


Will follow from Modern Warfare 3's system

Larger emphasis on objectives

> A bomb plant is worth 2 points

> A neutral flag is worth 1, however an enemy flag is worth 2

> A flag assist capture is worth 1, a capture is worth 2

The Specialist Pointstreak has be modified

> 2 kills now gets you 1 perk

> The 4th kill gets you 2 more perks

> The 6th kill gets you 3 more perks

> The 8th Kill gets you 4 more perks

> You do not get every perk when you reach 8 kills

> Perks only become "Pro" when you have them Pro

RC XD will not return

Heat vision

> Is a new Pointstreak reward

> When you get the required points, you can activate this Pointstreak and your player pulls out a scope and attaches it to your weapon.

> This scopes main advantage is it's ability to detect enemies through most walls.

> Note, the scope can only be attached to primaries not including shotguns

Item Packages

> Requires 5 points

> Fall along side care packages and air drop traps.

> Features a list of package items only

> Including ammo, mini gun, grenade launcher, rocket launcher, and body armor


There will be 15 prestiges

There will be 50 ranks

Every two prestiges there is a 5 rank increase

The final prestige has 90 levels


ELITE is being fully incorporated into Black Ops 2

Combat record has been modified and re-named as ELITE Stats

There will be a specific lobby for clan matches (new way of leveling clans)

Clan Tournaments can now be implemented


No MOAB or Nuke

No last stand

No death streaks

No flame thrower attachment

Map Design

Map design and size will be following Black Ops not Modern Warfare 3

Sniper Rifles

Improved sniper rifle usage.

No aim assist for any sniper rifle.

Less sway


No longer just perk 1 chooses the players appearance

Appearance is a combination of all perks and type of Pointstreak being used.


Larger emphasis on hardcore than ever before

No grenade launchers

Only vehicle guided rocket launchers permitted

Respawn timings decreased (for most modes)

1 bullet in the foot will no longer kill a person, a head or chest shot is usually required.

A person will now bleed out if severely injured.

Perk System 2.0

The Perk Pro system has been upgraded

There is now 2 options a perk can advance to.

Both require different challenges to unlock

Once the desired Pro version is unlocked, the player can select that as their "Perk Pro".

Once selected, the only way to choose the other option is by entering prestige mode.

For example Perk slot 1 has the perk called Speed

Speed - Reduces the time taken to aim down the sight

> Pro I - Swaps weapons faster

> Pro II - Throws equipment faster

Combat Training

Will be returning with vast improvements.

Difficulty is no longer based on how long the bots take to start shooting.

Bots now have an advance AI system

Similar to the behavior seen in the MW3 Spec Ops survival