A new report from Kotaku confirms Black Ops 4 is indeed the next game in the Call of Duty franchise. The news had already popped up on on the Internet during the last few days, but now we even have some sort of teaser coming from an unexpected sports personality.
Yep, because James “The Beard” Harden, NBA Houston Rockets superstar, was wearing a hat with the logo “IIII” en route for his match against Oklahoma City Thunder. After some research, Kotaku learned that was indeed the logo for the upcoming Call of Duty game.
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII is apparently the next game in the making at Treyarch Studios, the developer of the Black Ops series. Considering this teaser, it is possible that Harden is going to feature as a character in the game.
The Beard has arrived, and he’s ready for battle with the Thunder. pic.twitter.com/ky3E8TK9Hy
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 7, 2018
“IIII” is not a typo. Even though the exact Roman number would be “IV” (Call of Duty: Black Ops 4), it looks like the developer and publisher are turning it to this curious way simply to build upon the Call of Duty: Black Ops III original logo, to give some sort of continuity upon a much successful title in the series.
Check out the official Call of Duty: Black Ops III teaser logo (just in case some of you need it for comparison purpose):
Kotaku also confirmed the game is set in a near future time, which Marcus Sellars, an insider, tell us on Twitter would be around 2020. So very near future, and as already made official by Activision, “boots on the ground” as Call of Duty: WWII.
Yes, 2020. https://t.co/bGMXhCyGKX
— Marcus Sellars (@Marcus_Sellars) March 7, 2018
I would expect a proper reveal as usual in May, with a release in October/early November.