Big Games of 2012: Call of Duty: Black Ops II Get Futuristic (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)

The sequel introduces plenty of action. Check out the first trailer here!

It's been rumored for ages, and badly hidden after bits and pieces being revealed on the Internet, including a Target pre-sale tag and registered domain names.  But now it's no longer a secret -- Activision is working on Call of Duty: Black Ops II.  The game, under development at Treyarch, got its "official" unveil this evening during the NBA playoffs, and the trailer leaked online just a slight bit before that.  It paints a pretty bleak picture, taking place in the year 2026 and featuring a number of unmanned vehicles on patrol, which are soon overtaken by a silent enemy looking to wreak havoc.

The trailer, which we've included below, focuses on Frank Woods, who returns from the first game, aged and a bit grizzly, but still just as fierce as ever.  He discusses how much security has changed over the years with unmanned vehicles and other mechanized means of protection, but then asks, "What happens when an enemy steals the keys?"  What follows is an ambush that leaves Los Angeles in ruins, from a helicopter being blown up on the freeway to stealth bombers running wild through the city.

As the trailer proceeds, Woods then explains, "That's why they need men like us!"  An uprising is then shown, with a group of soldiers fighting the odds by any means, from shooting enemies during a horseback chase to flying drones around the city, blasting enemies from the skies.  Bits and pieces show how the gameplay is getting together, and it's a bit more startling than we expected, especially considering the "in the past" nature of the original Black Ops.

We'll have a more in-depth preview of the game for you soon.  For now, check out the trailer and indulge.  The game officially hits stores on November 13, 2012.