Activision studio Treyarch has announced that the next installment of the popular Call of Duty franchise will carry the name and rank of Black Ops when it is released on November 9.
"We can't wait for our community to experience Call of Duty: Black Ops," said Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia. "We have focused our entire studio on this game, with dedicated multiplayer, single-player and co-op teams creating the most intense, gripping and riveting experience possible for our fans on all fronts."
Although Treyarch declined to provide additional details, a product page belonging to an online retailer in the UK (Game.co.uk) appeared to offer future players a sneak peak description of the game.
"Now you will witness the birth of the Elite Special Forces and take part in off-the-record missions using unconventional weaponry to get the job done.
"From Cuba to the Arctic and the jungles of Vietnam, Call of Duty: Black Ops features stunning cinematic graphics and intense gameplay that puts you right at the heart of the action!"
Meanwhile, Dean Takahashi of VentureBeat speculated that CoD: Black Ops will be set sometime during the Cold War days of Vietnam.
"The setting isn't a surprise. Other combat shooting games such as Battlefield Vietnam and Men of Valor have been set during the Vietnam war," wrote Takahashi.
"But Vietnam as a setting has not yet produced any blockbuster shooter games. Still, publishers have to move the settings around to keep gamers from getting bored."