David Petraeus may no longer be the head of the CIA after resigning last week due to an extramarital affair. But his virtual alter ego is doing just fine at the Pentagon.
The retired general is moving up in the ranks as he appears as the secretary of defense in several cinematics for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the latest installment in Activision and Treyarch's blockbuster first-person shooter franchise, which hit stores today.
Per gaming website Kotaku, Petraeus was not involved in the making of the video game, but the first sequence finds a CGI version of the all-American hero aboard an aircraft carrier named the USS Barack Obama (natch), as he and the ship's admiral await the arrival of a terrorist prisoner.
"The last order to DEFCON 3 was given by Secretary Rumsfeld almost 25 years ago," muses the former CIA chief, actually the voice of an actor and political impressionst.
The story, written by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy), is set in the year 2025 and fuses futuristic technology with international events and various political and military figures going all the way back to the '80s.
In another cutscene, the CGI Petraeus briefs President Bosworth, a female commander in chief who bears a striking resemblance to Hillary Clinton, on board Marine One before it's shot down over a war-ravaged L.A. Luckily, he and his boss survive, according to an audio message, which kicks off the next mission.
One person who's MIA, however, is Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom Petraeus had the affair. Of course, that's because Black Ops II's performance-capture visuals were filmed well before news of the sex scandal first broke, let alone the uproar over the September consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya.
Alas, it's the former real-life indiscretion that will likely ensure the Iraq War vet will never get the defense secretary post in real life.