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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Steps Out of the Shadows

Along with multiple new teases around the game, Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 was also confirmed to arrive on Xbox Game Pass on Day One.

Today, the veil continued to be pulled back on the next chapter of the Call of Duty series. Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 looks to offer its own mind-altering version of the events that surrounded the Gulf War. The brand-new live-action trailer offered a look at the dark, cloak-and-dagger world the game looks to establish. It also featured major political figures like Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr., Margaret Thatcher and Saddam Hussein. It’s unclear how and to what extent this real-life cast will be used, but it confirms the era we’ll be deploying.  Another big piece of information revealed was the official confirmation that Black Ops 6 will arrive on Xbox Game Pass day one.

Here’s everything we know so far, pieced together from the breadcrumbs left across the internet in chronological order:

Call of Duty Black Ops 6 development cycle

The unofficial story of the game began in November 2023, when whispers of a new Black Ops game set during the Gulf War surfaced. Treyarch and Raven Software co-developed the game, which marks it as the twenty-first installment of the Call of Duty series and the seventh entry in the Black Ops sub-series. One impressive moniker the game already carries is Black Ops 6, which boasts the longest development cycle in Call of Duty history, spanning four years. It’s rumoured Treyarch has been play-testing since 2022, looking to provide a polished experience that meets the high bar set from earlier entries in the Black Ops line of games.

Black Ops 6 slowly emerges from the shadows

 The first official tease came on April 30th, 2024, with Microsoft announcing an Xbox Games Showcase event set for June 9th, 2024. After the main Xbox Games showcase, there will be a dedicated separate show offering a deep look at the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise. At this point, it's all speculation about what will be shown, but it's safe to say we’ll get an extended look at gameplay, some multiplayer features and a release date.

The “Truth Lies” campaign launches

On May 22, 2024, a cryptic website, went live. So far, the site features real-life video clips of global monuments and fictional news reports, all hinting at the game’s narrative and setting. You can play around with a virtual TV set, changing channels and even being treated to commercials from the 90s spliced with footage teases from the upcoming game:

Along with the TV campaign, there was similar viral marketing on the front page of newspapers across the world, reporting on major landmarks around the globe also being defaced:

The countdown to Black Ops 6 begins

As of May 23, 2024, according to, “the official lines of communication for Black Ops 6 have been activated.” The full reveal is set for the Xbox Games Showcase the event will be immediately followed by a Black Ops 6 Direct.

The excitement is palpable as we piece together the clues and countdown to the full reveal. With all these rich story teasers, Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 looks to create an immersive story-driven first-person shooter experience. Stay tuned to for the Xbox Games Showcase coverage on June 9th, 2024, and all the details revealed during the Black Ops 6 Direct. What are you hoping to see from both events? Let me know in the comments below.


About the Author - Matthew "Dapper Tux" Rondina

Matthew has been involved in all things gaming since the 8-bit era. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry who has been passionate about technology and gaming for over 20 years. In addition to being the Managing Editor of, he has bylines with Best Buy, Cineplex Entertainment, Mobile Syrup and Walmart. Follow Matthew’s gaming + tech adventures on multiple social platforms with the handle @dapper_tux via "X", Instagram, Threads, TikTok and join in on the fun!


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