Activision is getting closer and closer to the release date of the latest version of its flagship franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The game is one of the most highly anticipated first person shooters (FPS) to come out in recent times. Recently, Activision and developer Treyarch released a new video that shows off the collector’s edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, titled the Hardened Edition and the Care Package.

Both the packages have different goodies to offer. The Care Package includes a remote-controlled MQ-27 Dragonfire Drone, a unique case styled like the in-game Care Package, the game itself with a two sided collectable steelbook, downloadable bonus maps, limited edition bonus challenge coins, exclusive weapon camouflage, exlusive player card backgrounds, exlusive Avatar props for the Xbox 360 version, exclusive premium themes for the PlayStation 3 version and the official soundtrack for Call of Duty II: Black Ops.

The Hardened Edition doesn’t have as much to offer as the Care Package, but it still comes with the two-sided collectible steelbook, the limited edition challenge coins and the downloadable bonus maps and digital content.

The future is black

Getting two different collector's editions

The previous game in the Call of Duty series was Modern Warfare 3, which was released last year. While gameplay stayed very much the same as previous iterations, the stakes had been raised significantly, as the game’s protagonists had to deal with the looming threat of World War III. If you have played previous CoD games, specifically the Modern Warfare series, Modern Warfare 3 will be familiar territory with non-stop balls-to-the-wall action and cinematic set-pieces.

The Call of Duty series originally dealt with events during World War II. After the unsuccessful Call of Duty 3, developers Infinity Ward shook things up by making Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. This game saw a large amount of success and sealed the fate of World War II based shooters.

After Modern Warfare, developers Treyarch made Call of Duty 5: World At War, which took the series back to its World War II roots. The game went for a more violent and gruesome depiction of World War II and added new weapons such as the flamethrower. The game also added a new game mode featuring zombie Nazi soldiers.

After World At War, Infinity Ward took back the reins of the franchise to create Modern Warfare 2. The game was released amid many controversies, like the No Russian level which had the player take on the role of an undercover CIA agent infiltrating a Russian terrorist cell. The level consisted of the player and the characters walking through a Russian airport and gunning down innocent civilians and police officers. Another reason the game became infamous was for the PC version of the game not having many of the options gamers on the PC need or want, such as a developer console, a slider to increase the field of vision and the lack of dedicated servers for the game.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is set to release on 12 November 2012 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. If the previous titles in the series are anything to go by, the game will cost around Rs. 3,000 across all platforms.

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