Image from "Call of Duty: Black Ops II." Credit Activision/Treyarch
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- Amazon.com says it has never seen more pre-orders. A spokesperson for Gamestop tells 10 News a line started forming outside a Dallas store early Monday morning. And according to Yahoo, it could be the biggest entertainment launch ever.
"It's like the Super Bowl for video games," says Tong Lee, owner and manager of Play N Trade Tampa.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II will release across the country at midnight. It's expected to bring in hundreds of millions of dollars within the first 24 hours.
Play N Trade is staying open all night and starting demos of the game at 8 p.m. before starting to sell it at midnight. On the other hand, R U Game?, a store near USF, is holding off on selling Black Ops 2 until Tuesday at 11 a.m.
"I have gotten at least ten calls a day about it on a slow day," says Ricky Looney, a self-declared alpha geek at R U Game?. "Everyone has been hyped up the last few weeks."
Call of Duty: Black Ops II, a game that takes place in the Cold War-era and in the future, is being released on four platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and the Nintendo Wii U, a tablet/console hybrid that hasn't been released yet.
"The big meat of the game is the multiplayer mode," Looney says. "You can actually play against people around the world and show off your skills."
"The biggest draw for this game is that you get to play with your friends and it's fun to play together. There's other military-type games, but this is the most accessible," adds Lee.
It's so accessible that thousands of gamers are expected to call out sick from work on Tuesday to play. Others, though, have prepared for this day for months.
"I'm actually off tomorrow so that I can play all day," Lee says.