Ah, more Call of Duty drama.
According to reports from French gaming website Gameblog.fr, a listing for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was posted (and subsequently pulled) on Amazon France, seemingly confirming the suspicions that a sequel to 2010’s original Black Ops would be the next entry in the juggernaut FPS franchise.
Activision themselves had already confirmed that a new Call of Duty title was on its way this year, but had not yet formally announced any official details about what the game would entail, other than stating that this year’s iteration would bring “meaningful innovations” to the series.
So surprise, surprise, you might be saying, the Call of Duty title we all expected is coming, and it will probably make another heaping of millions in the process.
What may really be a bit unexpected, though, is the apparent turmoil brewing over Gameblog’s initial report. After filling readers in on the scoop and providing the screenshot of its listing, the site was reportedly contacted by Activision France, demanding Gameblog to “remove this news now.” Gameblog refused, and says they have been blacklisted by Activision as a result. They note that they will now be unable to attend an event for the upcoming Transformers: Fall of Cybertron game, will not be able to receive advance copies of the company’s games, and have lost advertising opportunities with the publisher as well.
Now, Activision is no stranger to drama, what with their infamous battles with Infinity Ward over this very franchise under their belt and all. Nevertheless, it is a bit saddening to see the company going after a website which appears to have only been acting on an apparent retailer screw-up.