GAMERS have caught an early glimpse of the next big Call of Duty – thanks to the game’s first proper trailer.
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War is out later this year, and plays out at the height of nuclear tensions between the US and Soviet Russia.
As expected, the storyline follows the real-world events of the Cold War – but will dramatise some elements.
The trailer kicks off with footage from the Vietnam War, but swiftly moves on to the early 1980s.
This was a period major tension between the USA and Russia, with widespread fear of all-out nuclear war.
An earlier teaser trailer revealed that the game would include a hunt for Perseus – a spy working against the US for Russia.
Perseus really was an alleged Soviet agent, believed to have been snooping on the Manhattan Project.
Longstanding Call of Duty Black Ops characters make an appearance in the trailer, including Alex Woods, Frank Mason and Jason Hudson.
And we also see in-game footage of US President Ronald Reagan, who was instrumental in ending the Cold War.
Reagan appears to play a fairly important role in the game’s narrative, and has been rendered very accurately by game designers.
In the last few seconds of the trailer, we catch a brief glimpse of some multiplayer gameplay.
It looks action-packed, with desert combat and vehicular warfare aplenty.
The Cold War was a period of major tension between the USA and Soviet Union, but wasn’t an outright war in the conventional sense.
Instead, both nations supported “proxy wars” – regional conflicts used to gain global influence.
And the fact that both nations controlled nuclear weaponry meant that neither side was willing to risk a war proper.
The period is generally said to have run from 1947 through to 1991 – when the Soviet Union was dissolved.
In the first teaser trailer, Activision noted: “At the hight of the Cold War, KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov issues a chilling warning.
“He claims a spy codename “Perseus” has infiltrated Western intelligence.
“His goal: Suvert the US to ensure Soviet dominance in the arms race.
“To this day, the identity and whereabouts of Perseus remain unknown.”
Bezmenov is actually a real person, and genuinely did work for the KGB.
The teaser trailer uses actual footage from a real interview with Bezmenov, where he warned about the scale of the Soviet Union’s Cold War plans against the US.
“Understand what’s going on around you,” he said during the interview, which was borrowed for the trailer.
“You are in a state of war, and you have precious little time to save yourself.”
“The first stage being demoralisation. It takes from 15 to 20 years to demoralise a nation.
“The next stage is destabilisation. What matters is essentials: economy, foreign relations, defence systems.
“The next stage is crisis. With the violent change of power, structure and economy, a period of normalisation.
“This is what will happen in the United States if you allow the schmucks to put a Big Brother government in Washington D.C., who will promise lots of things.
“Never mind if the promises are fulfilled or not.
“The tomb bomb is ticking. With every second, the disaster is coming closer and closer. The danger is real.”
Activision says the game is inspired by actual events: Perseus really was the codename of a possible Soviet spy.
Perseus was believed to have breached US Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project, which produced the first nuclear weapons in World War 2.
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War will be out on November 13