Treyarch have refused to rule out a direct sequel to the smash hit Black Ops, with the creation of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 a realistic possibility. COD Black Ops set record sales levels with it’s release in 2010 which were originally set by Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 2.
With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 confirmed for a release on November 8th, 2011, it seems Black Ops 2 would be unlikey to hit stores until a similar date in 2012, dependant on whether Treyarch actually pursue with their thoughts on a direct sequel.
We shouldn’t forget, however, that Treyarch are yet to build their own COD sub-series so that remains a distinct possibility. When Treyarch manager Josh Olin was questioned about Black Ops 2, he said;
Your guess is as good as mine.
We’re so happy with Black Ops – it was incredible. Everyone hoped it would have this kind of success. We all knew how well MW2 did [in 2009], breaking all entertainment records, so the fact that Black Ops broke through it for a second year in a row and reset that record was incredible. We’re still really glad that we hit the ground with the DLC when we finished the game, because we knew we wanted to get it back out there.
Black Ops has become the best selling game of all time selling over 13.7 million units in the United States alone, so it would be naive to think that Treyarch have not at least considered the potential for the sequel, which would be the potentially epic, Black Ops 2.