Black Ops 2 Trailer Secrets - 29 Things You Missed

Dave Cook


Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 gets its first reveal trailer, and we go through it frame by frame to reveal the secrets you’re not seeing.

Published on May 2, 2012

Call of Duty: Black Ops is taking the Call of Duty franchise into the future, and with it a whole new assortment of characters, guns, multiplayer features and plot points will become established. Treyarch’s Black Ops 2 reveal trailer sets the scene well, but also contains deeper secrets.

Here it is:

Join us as we go through the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer frame by frame to reveal the secrets you’re not seeing.


[0.16] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 sees badass soldier Woods return

We sort of had a feeling that Mason’s best mate Woods didn’t die in the Vietnam segment of Call of Duty: Black Ops. Call it a hunch, but a soldier that badass doesn’t simply die in a crappy explosion. Given the time skip between the 1960s conflict and the 2025 of Black Ops 2, Woods must be pushing 90-100. As we said – badass!


[0:24] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is set in the 1980s and 2025

Woah! It’s the future. Yes it is, but Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is also set in the cold war of the 1980s, and the new cold war that plagues the year 2025. The building here looks very futuristic, and the country flags in the bottom right suggest that this could be a new U.N. building. 

Could the rest of the world leaders be discussing what to do about the Chinese threat in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2? In the campaign, China has risen to become the biggest global superpower and is in control of 95 per cent of the world’s mineral resources, giving it domination over the world’s technology. Times are tense.


[0:30] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s technology has gotten “Stronger”

The metal monstrosity you see here is called a CLAW. It’s an unmanned tank that belongs to one of many unmanned tech armies in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. The whole thing seems a bit ‘Metal Gear Solid 4’ in that it takes the human equation out of war. With the West and China making bigger and better unmanned armies all the time, a new Cold War begins and tensions begin to mount.


[0:32] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 might have another nuke threat

That’s a big missile, and judging by the red star on the side, it either belongs to the Chinese or the Russians. It is most likely headed towards America. 


[0:32] Call of Duty: Black Op 2 has stealth bombers

Which is good news for those who like using them in multiplayer. Could we see them return as a killstreak? 


[0:34] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 sees David Mason protecting the President in Los Angeles

We now see downtown LA getting hammered by unmanned drones and rocket strikes. This is the setting for a key mission in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, in which new protagonist David Mason escorts the American president through the streets and out of harm’s way.

In this frame, an unmanned drone kamikazes into a building, which is a pretty devastating weapon when you think about it. With no pilots, the drone army could quite easily bombard human soldiers without fear or a second thought. 


[0:36] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 gives you three new ways to control the campaign

See those quadrotors? They’re not just a naff little on rails section or a killstreak reward – you can actually play through chunks of the campaign as them if you want, control a soldier on the ground, or play a mission from above like an RTS. This new take on single player is called Strike Force Operations, and it will completely change the way you play Call of Duty.


[0:37] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 quadrotor look like a blast to control

Here’s a first-person shot of the quadrotor in action, during a mission in the Singapore docks. Note the massive chaingun at the bottom of the screen, as well as the HUD elements below it. It seems as if there are four methods of attack when using the quadrotor, as well as being able to detonate it on demand.

The bottom left of the HUD is interesting, as you can tap LB to have single squads follow your quadrotor, or have the whole army follow it. As the campaign maps in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 are sandbox, rather than tight corridors, you will be commanding many soldiers at once.

Also note the HUD message ‘secure’. You will be able to run around each campaign map at your own pace and complete objectives as you see fit. Say goodbye to corridors, predictable enemy placement and scripting, as these missions change every time you play, just like Left 4 Dead.


[0:38] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s star David Mason has a neat wrist gadget

Note the name and date on this guy’s wrist computer – ‘D. Mason’. This is Alex Mason’s son and he’s in downtown LA protecting the President with his squad of soldiers. The picture-in-picture is his objective, and it looks like a fuel dump or silo of some kind. 


[0:40] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 could see all of America under siege

Note the yellow map of America in the background. There are tons of HUD markers all over it, suggesting multiple attacks on U.S. soil. The screen in the top right also flicks between “Central America” and “North America” suggesting it’s an all-borders attack by the Chinese.


[0:41] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 takes a leaf out of Total Recall’s book

This scene is classic Total Recall, showing a scanner that detects firearms and lethal devices. This is clearly an age of paranoia, and fits perfectly with a new Cold War scenario. Everyone is a potential enemy, and no one is to be trusted.


[0:42] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is robot porn

More mechas here, including a CLAW tank and a smaller, track-based drone with mounted turrets. The small guy would make a good multiplayer kill streak device, similar to the drone in Modern Warfare 3. 


[0:45] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 ramps up the destruction

Chances are the destruction will all be scripted, but given that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s campaign takes place in sandbox stages, it might be more seamless than that. Either way, Treyarch is bringing back destruction in a big way.


[0:48] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 brings back jets

They may be jets, but as Woods says in this scene, they’re unmanned, and chances are these planes will also feature as multiplayer kill streaks. 


[0:51] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 CLAW mechs pack real heat

Just look at the selection box of firearms on that thing – a minigun, railgun, eight mortars and what looks like a scoped anti-air rifle. We only have one question, where can we buy one?


[0:56] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 takes the human equation out of warfare

Woods suggests that an enemy has taken control over America’s unmanned army, and has turned it against them. Could this be the Chinese? Nope, it’s new villain Raul Menendez, and you will see his story play out in both the 1980s and 2025 settings, and learn what motivates him.


[0:58] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 gives UAVs an upgrade  

While previous Call of Duty games saw UAVs simply circling the map, the UAVs in Black Ops 2 can be seen swooping and diving like crazy, giving them more flexibility. When playing a mission in Overwatch mode, you will be able to look down on the battlefield and issue commands from one of these bad boys.


[0:59] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 lays waste to downtown LA

That’s downtown Los Angeles getting absolutely spanked. Notice the evacuation signs that suggest the attack was known ahead of time, giving civilians a chance to flee.


[1:01] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 villain Raul Menendez is shown

Here is Menendez in all his evil glory. What does he want? Why is he attacking America? Similar to Ocelot in Metal Gear Solid 4, Menendez could be looking to strike back at America for taking humans out of warfare, after sacrificing so much in the past. You will see Menendez develop into a villain in both the 1980s and 2025 missions.


[01:02] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s villain has his own army

Look at all of those soldiers! Menendez has amassed quite a bit of support in what looks like a Middle Eastern stronghold. But who is the person he is meeting with? We’re going to guess he’s forging a pact with the Chinese army to take down the West.


[01:03] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 lets you fly fighter jets

That’s a lot of controls. Notice the HUD on the bottom right of the screen. You will be able to unleash Sky Buster missiles and use RT to enter CTOL mode, which could make the craft hover. Don’t forget, these aren’t scripted battles anymore, with each mission giving you a sandbox to wage war in.


[01:09] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has massively customisable weapons and QR codes

Check out the small QR code on the side of Mason’s pistol, as well as the numerous attachment rails. We’ve heard rumours that Black Ops 2 will offer the largest class and weapon customisation options in the series so far. Turns out the rumours were true.


[01:11] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 sees the S.O.G. unit return

Check out the skull motif on the assault rifle. That’s a S.O.G. logo, which is the same unit that Mason and Woods belonged to in the original Black Ops. This soldier’s name is Harper, and that’s all we know about him so far.


[01:14] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 sees the SAS return, possibly in the 80s

Note the old car in the background. That’s definitely not futuristic, plus it has a license plate that is either British or Asian, which leads us to believe that this is either one of the 1980s missions confirmed by Treyarch, or that it’s the Singapore docklands mission in 2025. These guys also look like SAS - Shame Captain Price’s mega ‘stache won’t be around to see the fun.


[01:26] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 features ‘tilt-wing’ jets

These bad boys feature VTOL jets that enable them to hover like a harrier and fly like a normal jet on demand, and here we can see a first-person air-to-ground bombardment in action. You will be able to switch between 50MM cannons and a full auto chain gun, as well as different optical modes.


[01.32] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has Middle Eastern missions

KA-BLAM! This scene looks like it takes part in the stronghold from earlier. This suggests that the S.O.G team goes after Menendez at his base of operations during the 1980s phase of the plot, and ultimately fail to capture him.


[01:34] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has horses. No really.

An on-rails horse section might be more at home in Uncharted 3, but this looks like an escape from Menendez’s forces across the Middle East, as choppers bear down on the team. This scene is most certainly in the 1980s arc of the campaign, due to the low-tech chopper used.


[01:44] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 give old Mason a massive beard

This is a 1980s mission, and the guy on the right horse looks like an older Alex Mason, or possibly Woods. As Treyarch has confirmed Alex Mason will be the star of the 1980s missions, this could be him, but the smart money suggest that it’s Woods after he supposedly dies in the original Black Ops. Mostly because of the beard.


[01:45] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has SAS guys after all

Note the “Secret service” badges on their armour, and the winged dagger patches on their upper arms. Yep, these guys are SAS for sure.


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