The official release party was well attended despite the frigid air that worked its way into the Delta overnight.
For those less familiar, the series of Call of Duty® games are shooting action challenges under the theme of military and warfare.
The series has gained international popularity partly because competitors link their accounts online and challenge opponents through the Internet.
Wade Dunn, GameStop regional director for the Southeast said the video game store chain was prepped for the release across the nation.
"Almost all of our U.S. locations are holding events tonight for the launch of Call of Duty®: Black Ops II," said Dunn. "In fact, more than 4,400 stores will be open at midnight."
Dunn said the Cleveland branch was ready for the expected crowd.
"Our store will have a Call of Duty® trivia game going with a chance to win great prizes such as shirts, dog tags, free pizza coupons and patches for clothing," he said. "They are also providing free pizza and soda for customers."
Gamers were excited for the newest version and ready to challenge opponents online.
"I wanted to be one of the first people to get online and scope out the competition," said Cleveland gamer Jon Paul Correro, who got in line before 11 p.m. "By getting on early I'll be able to learn about the different areas and the best spots to kill enemies."
Correro said he wasn't worried about potentially standing in line in the cold if it meant he could get his game.
"The cold doesn't bother me — I'm hard core," said Correro. "I usually try to be one of the first people in line when a new Call of Duty® game comes out."
Black Ops II additionally offers a new multiplayer matchmaking system, along with the ability for players to livestream matches to YouTube.
The Call of Duty® games are published and owned by Activision.