Amazon France has once again announced a game before the publisher gets a chance to, and this time it's reportedly Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Meanwhile, the title has also been listed on a resume belonging to an art studio employee contracted by Treyarch.
Amazon France and a couple blacklistings
According to Gameblog.fr, the French arm of online retailer Amazon had a product listing for Black Ops 2 yesterday, and it has since been removed.
When reaching out to Activision France on the matter, Gameblog said it was asked by the firm to remove the story. It refused, and the site claims it has now been blacklisted by the publisher. You can read an interview with the firm's co-founder regarding the chain-of-events over on Kotaku.
Jeuxvideo also reported the listing yesterday, but has apparently removed the story (thanks, Gek).
Activision has denied Gameblog's claims that it has been blacklisted.
"Activision doesn't blacklist journalists. We believe this was a misunderstanding and are working towards a resolution," the publisher said in a statement issued to Joystiq.
Black Ops 2 pops up on a resume
Amazon France's retail listing isn't the only mention of Black Ops 2 today, as a LinkedIn (via Joystiq) resume belonging to an employee at art studio Nerve Software, which does contract work, has the game listed as well.
According to the resume, the artist has worked on titles in the past such as : Beatles Rock Band, Anno 1404, Doom 4, Aliens: Colonial Marines for various firms such as Terminal Reality and Liquid Development.
The firm he works for currently, has performed contract work for Treyarch in the past on James Bond title Quantum of Solace and the first Black Ops.
Activision said during its call to investors earlier this month that a new entry in the Call of Duty franchise with “meaningful innovation” is expected this year, and since Infinity Ward and Treyarch trade off every other year - it's safe to assume the new shooter will be developer by the later.
We've reached out to Activision for comment, but have yet to hear back as of press time.