Activision may be making Call of Duty: Black Ops II as a fictional war story, but the publisher is also making some efforts to show that some of the game's storyline could happen at some point in the future. This week, alongside the official reveal of Call of Duty Black Ops II, Activision also released a series of mini-documentaries with military experts talking about the future of warfare.
The mini-docs feature Wired for War author Peter Singer, US Army Special Forces Major Alex Brown and Oliver North, the former USMC Lieutenant Colonel who gained fame, or infamy, during the Iran-Contra scandal in the 1980s. The videos (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four and Part Five) describe how the military is becoming more and more dependent on technology.
The videos show how technology is expanding in the military to include robots of all types, along with lasers, exoskeletons for soldiers and Predator-like light bending camouflage for military vehicles like tanks. These experts also talk about when things go wrong, such as an incident if South Africa in 2010 that caused a robotic anti-aircraft cannon to kill nine soldiers due to a software glitch.
One video also paints a scenario where hackers take control of robotic military aircraft, even showing at one point a man in a Guy Fawkes mask, one of the symbols of the Anonymous hacker group.
You can bet that these videos also show some hints about what Call of Duty: Black Ops II's storyline will be like when it is released for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 13th.