Call of Duty: Black Ops II is a first-person shooter game, developed by Treyarch and published by Activision. It was released on November 13, 2012 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows, and Wii U. Black Ops II is the ninth game in the Call of Duty franchise and is a sequel to the 2010 game Call of Duty: Black Ops. Black Ops II is the first game in the Call of Duty franchise to have a completely futuristic setting and feature future warfare technology. Black Ops 2 introduces players to an insidious villain named Raul Menendez who hijacks the US military infrastructure to further his own agenda. Harness the power of near-future technology and advanced robotics to pull the world back from the brink of annihilation. It also presents branching storylines driven by player choice for the first time in the franchise's history.
Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2 propels players into a near future, 21st Century Cold War, where technology and weapons have converged to create a new generation of warfare. Black Ops II is set in 2025, as opposed to the Cold War setting of Black Ops. In this new setting, China and the United States are locked in a cold war after China bans the export of rare earth elements following a cyberattack that cripples the Chinese Stock Exchange. War is now defined by robotics, cyberwarfare, unmanned vehicles and other modern technology. The game's story deals with the speculation that this unmanned technology could just as well be used against those it was meant to protect.
Although the game is set in 2025, it starts in the 1980s Cold War era in order to focus on the origin story of the primary antagonist of Black Ops II: Raul Menendez, who, in 2025, is provoking a war between China and the USA. In the 1980s section of the game, the player protagonist is Alex Mason, protagonist of Black Ops. Much of the action in this section takes place in the proxy wars of Central America. Another character from Black Ops, Frank Woods returns in Black Ops II and narrates the story into 2025. In the 2025 section, the player protagonist is David Mason, son of Alex Mason.