Following weeks of rumors and a surprise leak yesterday from NBA player James Harden of all people, Activision has officially announced Call of Duty Black Ops IIII. No, that is not a typo — the game’s poster literally uses the made-up Roman numeral IIII. Apparently a IV would be too hard for the COD crowd to understand?
Little else was revealed about the game, other than that it will again be developed by Treyarch, the studio behind every Black Ops title to-date, and that more details will be shared during a community reveal event on May 17, with the game set for release October 12 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This marks the first time in over a decade that the annual fall Call of Duty release falls in a month other than November. Perhaps Activision wants to get ahead of Rockstar’s juggernaut fall release, Red Dead Redemption 2, which comes out on October 26th?
According to Kotaku’s Jason Schreier, Activision declined to comment when asked about a Nintendo Switch release. That being said, Schreier also points out that there is a Nintendo Direct scheduled today at 5pm ET, so there’s always a chance that Black Ops 4(IIII!) is being held for that presentation.