French retailer Fnac has published an ad on its website claiming that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be released on November 12th 2012.
The ad has long since vanished, but not before it was snapped by Gamepur.
The November 12th date could, of course, be nothing other than an educated guess. Note, too, that the 12th is a Monday – Call of Duty's have for some time had worldwide releases on a Tuesday to correspond with the normal US weekly release schedule.
Either way, the date is bound to be at least roughly accurate. Modern Warfare 3 (November 8th), Black Ops (November 9th), Modern warfare 2 (November 10th), World at War (November 11th), Modern Warfare (November 7th) and Call of Duty 3 (November 7th) have all stuck to the same pattern.
The likeliest candidates for the game's actual release are either November 6th or November 13th.
The bigger question is the name of the game.
It's not the first time that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has been tipped. But it would represent a slight deviation from the norm, with the series historically alternating between Modern Warfare releases from Infinity Ward every two years and individually titled Treyarch-developed titles in each year in between.
Black Ops was a huge commercial success, however, and Activision would most likely welcome a second successful COD IP to run alongside Modern Warfare.