'Call of Duty' Unveils Latest Title in Franchise: 'Black Ops 4'

The series has jumped around from the 1980s all the way to the year 2065, but no information on where the upcoming title's story will fall in the timeline has yet been revealed.
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Activision on Thursday announced that the next installment in its long-running first-person shooter series Call of Duty will be Black Ops 4. The game — available for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC — is set to hit shelves Oct. 12.

Originally released on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC and Nintendo Wii in 2010, Black Ops was developed by Treyarch Studios and published by Activision. The series, an offshoot of the main Call of Duty brand, was originally set in the 1960s during the Cold War and put players in control of a CIA operative, and it served as a direct sequel to 2008's Call of Duty: World at War. The series then jumped ahead significantly to the year 2025 in 2012's Black Ops II and even further ahead to 2065 in 2015's Black Ops III.

Details about Black Ops 4 story and main campaign missions have yet to be revealed, but Treyarch is once again in charge of development.

The October release date for Black Ops 4 marks the earliest for any Call of Duty title in the series' 15-year history. Only two games in the franchise have been released in October — 2003's Call of Duty and 2005's Call of Duty 2 — with all other titles in the series being released in November for the holiday season. 

More information about the title will be released on May 17 during a live community reveal hosted by Treyarch.