Call of Duty Black Ops 4 just got another near confirmation today in the form of a hat.
Eurogamer first reported that this year's iteration of Call of Duty would be Black Ops 4 developed by game studio Treyarch. While those rumors came from sources close to the game's development, fans got a glimpse of the in-development Black Ops 4 in the wild today courtesy of Houston Rockets' James Harden.
The Beard has arrived, and he's ready for battle with the Thunder. pic.twitter.com/ky3E8TK9Hy— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 7, 2018
In the tweet above, you can see Harden right before playing against the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight. Harden is dressed in a full camo athletic outfit while wearing a peculiar hat. The hat features four, vertical orange strikes reminiscent of the Call of Duty Black Ops 3 logo, albeit with an extra line.
Normally, one would expect the fourth entry in a series to opt for a roman numeral variation of stylization, which in this case would be "IV." However, sources confirmed to Kotaku that this is the official logo for Black Ops 4. Treyarch has gone the iconoclastic route of using "IIII" to denote its fourth Black Ops game, which is pretty bold I should say.
The internet has already reacted to the new logo with jokes about how Black Ops 4 is breaking titalization conventions with its odd choice of stylizing "4" but hey, rules were meant to be broken.
The year is 2039. The game is COD Black Ops IIIIIIIIIII pic.twitter.com/s9kvQ6KQQq— Shannon Grixti (@shancake_) March 7, 2018
So this is what Black ops 5 is going to be pic.twitter.com/T3d9XImbFy— Rememer the time......... (@smjenkin) March 7, 2018
Treyarch was confirmed earlier this year as the developers of this year's Call of Duty. Activision usually holds a three year development cycle for its Call of Duty titles, with last year's entry developed by Sledgehammer Games. While Sledgehammer's Call of Duty: WW2 shook things up by taking the series back to the past, Treyarch's first Black Ops title remains one of the best selling entries into the Call of Duty franchise.