Rhyl features (ever so quickly) in latest Call of Duty Black Ops III promo video
Call of Duty, one of the world’s most popular video game franchises is set to release its latest game – Call of Duty: Black Ops III on November 6.
Call of Duty has a massive fan base globally and marketing for an event such as new game launch is equally as huge, slick and with no expense spared, and for this latest release Activision the game’s publishers, have not disappointed the fans.
(image: Call of Duty/Twitter)
Last week the games PR people came under fire for staging a mock ‘news event’ having changed the name of its @CallOfDuty Twitter account to ‘Current Events Aggregator’ they began to ‘live blog’ a fake terrorist attack on Singapore to its 2.88m followers on Twitter.
Of course the ‘attack’ wasn’t real, the PR stunt, which gained widespread criticism (so it worked!) signalled the launch of an official trailer for the upcoming new game Black Ops III, the video has been watched on You Tube 1.4 million times in past six days.
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One eagle-eyed viewer from Rhyl Dez Jones spotted something familiar when he watched the trailer.
The dark and fairly disturbing video which has an advisory 17+ age warning, shows some pretty grim scenes of devastation, destruction, mobs rioting, natural disasters, explosions and…. Garford Road in Rhyl.
Dez posted up a Google maps image on his Facebook page alongside a screen capture from the Black Ops III video and indeed the game developers, who have sold over 175m copies of the Call of Duty games, used footage in the promotional video of Garford Road at the height of the floods in December 2013, blink and you may miss it though.
(image: Call of Duty/You Tube)
And just for good measure here is Google’s streetview of the same spot.
The image of Garford Road appears to be taken from a BBC report broadcast on 5th December 2013 about the devastating floods in Rhyl, around 400 homes had to be evacuated from the area as high tides and gale force winds battered the coast leaving a trail of destruction.
We’ve asked Rhyl Tourist Information Office for a ‘view’ on the unexpected surprise of seeing their town featured on one of the world’s best-selling video game promotional videos. They haven’t responded.