Call of Duty: Black Ops III teaser trailer

Helping to set the trend of trailers that look nothing like the actual game, Activision has released a new video for its upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops III. We can probably let the fact there’s no in-game footage here slide, as it’s only a teaser, a mood-setter, a taste of what’s to come. The video itself however paints a particularly odd picture of the new futuristic shooter. It shows a post-human world where technology has begun to reshape humanity through advanced prostheses and modification. As always, ethics follow closely behind.

Deus Ex is my favourite game of all time, and a lot of the themes brought up in this teaser are ones which the DX series has dealt with extensively. Admittedly, Call of Duty is not my favourite game of all time. Still, I can’t help but feel the fact this is a set of games where you ostensibly shoot men who pop up from behind walls and window sills – and little else – which sort of renders everything in the teaser meaningless. Whether Black Ops fans are familiar with Deus Ex, or actually care about things like ethics, are questions for another time and place...

Black Ops III will be released later this year, with a full reveal to appear on April, 26.