'Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII' possibly leaked by NBA star James Harden

Over the past few days, many outlets have confirmed the existence of "Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII". While there have been many "anonymous sources" who have provided believable details, the physical evidence comes from a merchandise listing by GameStop and a hat worn by basketball star James Harden.

A few days ago, images taken from GameStop's inventory software pointed towards hats, lanyards, shirts, and a variety of other clothing items with "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4" branding. However, these could've been doctored we didn't make much of it.

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Yesterday, James Harden wore a hat to an event with four orange stripes on it. It resembled the Call of Duty: Black Ops III logo. Fans quickly deduced that it was a logo for the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops game, the sub-franchise developer Treyarch is known for.

Since then many outlets like Eurogamer and Kotaku have confirmed that the hat does represent Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII. Instead of opting to use Roman numeral "IV", the developer is going with "IIII" which is sometimes used interchangeably. Legend has it that the Romans preferred to use IIII due to certain religious reasons.

We've reached out to Activision for comment and will update the story as soon as receive a response. However, the publisher will probably deny the existence of the title until E3 2018 or another opportune event.

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  • ... IIII? That...really screams false.:/ But hey, evidence points towards it. Just wish they didn't use that because it's so silly.  
  • I mean, IIII isn't wrong. Many clocks use IIII instead of IV. The Romans even used IIII for normal use. It's not incorrect at all. Think of it as the difference between "it is" and "it's". Except if that reason was possibly religious.
  • Logo is probably right. But I'm sure the 'numerals' in the Blops logo are meant to be something but numbers?
  • Maybe just maybe... They're actually Tally Marks like you would see scored on a prison wall and not Roman Numerals? So Black Ops 5 would have 4 vertical lines and a diagonal line scored through them. Just thinking outside the box lol
  • Oh, that would work. Black Ops -II-II- (5)