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Is Call Of Duty: Black Ops set in the Nineties?

Is Call Of Duty: Black Ops set in the Nineties?


We all know that a significant chunk of the next Call Of Duty game is to take place during the Vietnam War in the late Sixties, but Treyarch has made it clear that it is not a ‘Nam game, it’s a Cold War game, and has revealed at least one scenario that takes place in a snowy, high altitude environment, namely the Ural Mountains in Russia.

Now, I was curious as to what the Ural Mountains had to do with the Cold War, so I did a bit of Googling and found that the most significant connection between the two was a particular mountain in the Urals called Mount Yamantau. Shortly following the end of the Cold War in 1991, U.S. satellite imagery revealed what appeared to be a large-scale excavation and construction project taking place in, on and around this mountain. Throughout the Nineties, the U.S. tried to find out what kind of facility was being built there, but no definite answers were ever uncovered. In 1996 though, some Russian newspapers reported a link between the facility and Russia’s ‘Dead Hand’ system, which was designed to ensure Russian nuclear weapons could be launched even if the country’s leaders were killed. Don’t know about you, but this is all sounding ripe for exploitation by a Cold War Call Of Duty game to me.

To add fuel to the fire, the Ural Mountains level Treyarch has demoed is called WMD, which stands for Weapons of Mass Destruction and would definitely apply to a mission in which you’re tasked with infiltrating a secret Russian nuclear missile base. Also, Activision has supplied us with print-only screens that I can’t post here, but I can discuss them and you can see them for yourself in the next issue of Play, which is on sale on June 10th.

I’m no expert, but the equipment and facilities pictured in the screens look fairly modern, although we know that the mission begins with a recon section on board a SR-71 Blackbird, which was decommissioned in 1998, so it can’t be any more modern than that. I’ve already seen a lot of speculation and debate regarding some of the weapons and equipment spotted in the trailers looking like it might be post-Vietnam, but I reckon I might have narrowed it down a little further than that.

I asked my contact at Activision what era the WMD mission was set in and he said he wasn’t sure, but would find out and get back to me. As soon as he does, I’ll post an update.

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  • Mark

    Cold-War-era is the only COD war-simulator I’d be interested in playing at this point besides Future Warfare so I’m really hoping this is true. Even if Vietnam and WW1 haven’t been done by COD- I don’t need to play those periods as the other games truly grasp those periods well enough already.

    I truly think that MW2 is a beast of a game but its so tainted now with connection problems, campers and overall a bad wrap that I will be boycotting it (potentially trading it in) for the new COD:Black Ops. Also- 30 dollars for two sets of maps is appauling. I’ve never seen such price-gouging in my life. Activision is a problem and I don’t like supporting the beast they’ve become.

    Hopefully there is a distinctive difference in this game that sets it apart from the other games though…I’m beginning to worry about the so called “Madden-syndrome” that Madden games experience each year may be potentially hitting the COD series (a new game each year, similar but with new title). I skipped WAW (which was Treyarch but not because of them).

    We’ll have to wait and see…but if this is cold-war era I will be pumped for this game. I really haven’t seen a lot of games do anything about the cold war era besides Metal Gear Solid.

    My question is this…Eventually COD will run out of eras and wars…What then? Does this mean COD: Civil War will be out next year? (Lets hope not)

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  • TJ

    The Call of Duty series could always go back to the B.C’s, like a war about Battle of Thermopylae hahahahaha. Just the Cold War itself could be made into 100 games as it lasted for approx 50 years .