Earlier today, Activision released a teaser trailer for their new Call of Duty game. Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War is inspired by real events that took place during the Cold War in the 1980s between the U.S. and Russia. The trailer doesn’t show any actual in-game footage, or even animated cutscenes, but it does show clips of old news reels about the Cold War. This atmosphere presented in the trailer, combined with the news reels, leaves viewers yearning for more.
One of the clips that is used heavily in Call of Duty: Cold War is an interview with a KGB defector named Yuri Bezmenov. In this interview and over the course of the trailer, Mr. Bezmenov speaks about how to break down the morale of a country, which correlates with the text in the trailer and the news reels provided.
There is also mention of someone named “Perseus” who is said to have infiltrated America to make sure that Russia won the arms race. Going through actual CIA material available to the public shows that there is mention of someone known as “Perseus,” who is connected to the stolen plans from the Manhattan Project.
Whatever or whoever this person was, they bring a lot of questions to history as well as to this game. How Activision is going to incorporate this bit of unknown history into Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War has yet to be seen, but it looks to be intriguing to say the least.
Even with this small amount of information found online as well as mentioned in the trailer automatically pulls viewers into the story. A formal reveal of the game will be coming on August 26th to provide more information about the game. Hopefully some questions will be answered, such as is this game for new gen consoles only? What does in game footage look like? What is the cost going to be?
One thing is for certain however. The tag line for Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War is simple and clear. “Know your history or be doomed to repeat it.”
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