Yesterday Activision put out a trailer for a trailer—a very brief Black Ops 2 zombies trailer which promises a worldwide reveal in just a few days. While we’re waiting for the big reveal on September 26th, we went back and took a closer look at the trailer. We were complaining the other day about how unrevealing it is, but if we analyze it we can extract a fair amount of hypothetical information from it. In a few days we can find out how much of it we’re right about. Here’s what we found that was of interest.
Firstly, let’s look at the obvious. The zombies are wearing hospital gowns. It seems like this would point toward a hospital as a possible map setting. One wonders if it might also have some kind of plot relevance. We were told we’d learn something about the origins of the zombies in the Call of Duty universe in this installment. Could it be that the origins of the zombies have something to do with a medical setting? Perhaps some kind of disease is involved, or some kind of experimental treatment gone wrong. We also notice that some of the zombies have glowing blue eyes. This seems like an unusual new detail. It could be merely aesthetic, but it may be meaningful. Perhaps that also has something to do with how the zombies came to exist.
Let’s also consider the bus. The bus may also be merely aesthetic, or it may have something to do with the game that is highly specific. Perhaps it’s part of a map. There is a zombie that is ripping away a wooden barricade from the bus window at one point, which seems to imply that perhaps there is a map where it’s up to the human players to defend the bus. The zombies are also welcomed on board the bus. Does this imply that the driver is a zombie? Or did the bus welcome the zombies? Is the bus robotic?
Finally, the license plate of the bus is unusual. The plate reads “XP 79.” The XP 79 was apparently a defunct design for a “flying wing”-style aircraft by Northrop. While the design was made a long time ago, aspects of the game do take place in the past—moreover, it’s possible that the future setting of the game contains some kind of XP-79 reboot and upgrade, a futuristic version of the old design. Right at the beginning of the trailer a plane flies overhead. Perhaps this is also connected to the XP-79.
So there you have it—a lot of questions generated by the trailer, far more questions than answers. A lot of people don’t seem to realize the trailer even generated questions though, so in a way it’s more informative than it might seem at first glance. These are all possibilities for the zombies mode which are of interest. On September 26th, maybe we’ll get some confirmations on some of these ideas.
What we do know about the zombies mode is that there are going to be up to 8 players per team, not just 4 like it was in the past. A temporary listing on Amazon mentioned a zombies campaign mode, but that listing has since been taken down; no information has been provided as to its veracity. There’s also going to be a remake of the Nuketown map that features the zombies; this map will be available as part of your purchase if you choose to buy the Hardened, Digital Deluxe, or Care Package edition of the game. All three are available now for pre-order and come with tons of other goodies, and they’re all limited editions, so don’t wait too long. November 13th is less than two months away!