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Microsoft Calls Dibs on New Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for Xbox

Xbox is calling dibs on the new Call of Duty.

At the Microsoft Xbox press event at E3 today, the software maker said all new, downloadable expansion content from Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will launch exclusively on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 to start.

Xbox 360 is already listed as a console partner on the game’s official Web site, alongside Sony’s PlayStation 3, and the game will be playable on the PC, as well. But Xbox owners will get an early jump on the extra game content.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is the next and highly-anticipated installment in the record-breaking franchise. It was first announced on May 1 of this year; the game’s official Web site says the game will be released on November 13, 2012.

One thing that sets this version of the popular first-person shooter game apart from its earlier software counterparts: This one is set in the future, around a 21st Century Cold War, while the others have focused on historical battles and wars.

The franchise has been a bright spot in the softening hardcore game industry. Late last year, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, surpassed $1 billion in sales in just two weeks and two days.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will cost $60, and is available for preorder now.

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