The marketing for this year’s edition of Call of Duty has been in overdrive lately. The latest was an ARG that began with a mysterious crate. That led to projectors and slides that contained both Russian and United States maps. One thing led to another, and after some chess moves, we were presented with a website with a peculiar image. Excited fans awaiting Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War laid eyes on an old CRT television, an IBM PC, a phone handset, and a blinking VCR.
The blinking time of 12 PM occasionally changed to 08-14, which fans correctly interpreted as a date. Sure enough, at 12 PM ET on that date, a change was seen on the ARG website.
A sticky note appeared, displaying the words “tangledweb” on it. If you replaced the website address with the new word, you could be taken to different teases for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. It also led to a typewritten message. Tactics, codes, and discussions about a decades-long plot that “will not be unraveled overnight” could be seen.
The plot thickens
“While some battles can be won swiftly, others will take days to unfold,” it stated further. “You have found the first piece of many. Relish the journey. It’s all part of the game.”
At 12 PM ET, the site crashed, and the reveal was delayed by a short while. When access was restored, a new “emc2” term was added to the sticky note. If you plugged that in, the following image appeared:
Unfortunately, the meaning of the latest image is still a mystery. Back on the main site, there are several videotapes that can be played. The events discussed on the tapes fit perfectly into the timeline of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The Cuban missile crisis, President Kennedy’s inauguration, the Laotian Civil War, and more all figure into the Cold War. The VCR also displayed a new message, “wz-h6-49285 163,” which led to a discovery on a secret location in Call of Duty: Warzone.
NEWS: A new secret room has been added to Call of Duty Warzone 👀 pic.twitter.com/ztKdaRG9N4
— Call of Duty News (@CodCentraI) August 14, 2020
Continuing in the vein of the period supposedly for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, the secret Warzone location had a secret room containing plenty of old machinery and documents. There is also a reference to Venona, a U.S. counterintelligence organization founded during the first World War, but also active during the Cold War.
Considering the intrigue and espionage carried out during this period, it makes sense that the reveal for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War would be carried out in similar fashion. Suggestions of a new reveal on August 19 have excited the fanbase even more, and who can blame them? In any case, we will know more once Treyarch and Raven Software officially reveal the game.