Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 outed by Amazon - Report

Product listing for Activision's next first-person shooter sequel spotted on retailer's French website, suggests return to Cold War-era combat.

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The next Call of Duty game is apparently returning to the Cold War-era intrigue of 2010's Call of Duty: Black Ops. GameBlog reports that the French site of retail giant Amazon posted (and then pulled) a product page for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

Did Black Ops 2's cover just get blown?
Did Black Ops 2's cover just get blown?

Activision had already said it would have another installment in the Call of Duty series on shelves this year, but the publisher has not confirmed its era or setting. Previous Call of Duty games have thrown players into World War II, the Cold War, and current-day antiterrorism efforts around the world.

While Activision didn't confirm the existence of Black Ops 2 directly, GameBlog followed up its story with a report that Activision France contacted the site to demand the news be pulled. GameBlog said it refused to do so, and Activision subsequently disinvited the site from a preview event for Transformers: Fall of Cybertron and canceled advertising campaigns it had planned to run on the site.

The original Black Ops set a bevy of sales records, becoming the best-selling game of all time on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in the US and Europe and racking up $1 billion in revenues in less than two months on sale. Last year's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has a ways to go to match Black Ops' overall sales, but it came out of the gates considerably more quickly, hitting the $1 billion mark in just 16 days.

As of press time, an Activision representative had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment. For more on Call of Duty: Black Ops, check out GameSpot's review.

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