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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 set in a 'dark, twisted future,' will bring back Zombies

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will once again send the first-person shooter franchise into the future, where "cutting-edge military robotics define warfare," according to an official description of the game on the Call of Duty website. It will also see the return of Treyarch's signature Zombies mode.

While Activision and Treyarch didn't say much about Black Ops 3 when they teased the game earlier today, the official website offers a detailed description about the game's setting in its source code:

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is the first title for next-gen hardware in the critically acclaimed Black Ops series. Developed by Treyarch, the award-winning creator of the two most-played games in Call of Duty history. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 deploys players into a dark, twisted future where a new breed of Black Ops soldier emerges and the lines are blurred between our own humanity and the technology we created to stay ahead, in a world where cutting-edge military robotics define warfare. With three unique game modes: Campaign, Multiplayer and Zombies, providing fans with the deepest and most ambitious Call of Duty ever.

On Treyarch's Facebook, the Black Ops developer recently posted about embeddable implants and "biohacking," potential clues about where Black Ops 3 might be headed.

The first Black Ops took place during the 1960s and played out as a series of flashbacks during the interrogation of SOG operative Alex Mason. The sequel, Black Ops 2, took place in the 1980s and in 2025, when Mason is retired.

In addition to the official description, Twitter user ThaTiemsz posted what they called "official Black Ops 3 art" that was supposedly pulled from the game's website. That's posted above, and we're checking with Activision on its authenticity, but it looks inline with previous Call of Duty: Black Ops artwork.

A full official reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is planned for April 26.

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