The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops III.

SP/CORVUS, also known as the Corvus Project, was a CIA black project featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops III. The project specialized in experimental DNI trials, although it was never publicly announced. The project was lead under the authorization of Sebastian Krueger, a head representative from the Coalescence Corporation within the depths of the Coalescence building in Singapore. Its Zurich variation is named MH/CORVUS.

According to the CIA Project Digraphs page accessed via the main page of the Data Vault, "SP" stands for 'Singapore', while "MH" stands for 'Worldwide operation'. As the player progresses through the campaign missions, access will be granted via the benchmark to files named "SP/CORVUS Data Archive 17/935" and "SP/CORVUS Data Archive 67/935", given below as transcribed text.

Test subjects for the Corvus project were brought against their will. One of them, Jae Xiong, was kidnapped by the CIA and used as a test subject. He can be seen as a dead test subject in the mission Hypocenter. The psychotherapist Dr. Yousef Salim was a part of the project, and worked as a behavior psychotherapist, although he was aware the test subjects have not volunteered. As part of the therapy, he implanted the idea of the Frozen Forest in the test subjects' mind.

On June 2nd, 2060, An accident during the project ultimately lead to the Singapore Disaster, killing 300,000 people when the resultant artificial intelligence Corvus became self-aware, releasing the deadly gas Nova 6. Corvus becomes entrapped in the Singapore SP/CORVUS facility, until he is freed by John Taylor's team, who then try to understand what is the Frozen Forest.

After the disaster, the SP/CORVUS project was also seen being re-created by Krueger again in the Coalescence Headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland after the failed attempt in Singapore, under the name MH/CORVUS.

SP/CORVUS Data Archive 17/935

The following is found within SP/CORVUS Data Archive 17/935 within the Data Vault when progressing through the campaign. The page contains audio files, transcribed below:

SUBJECT: SP/CORVUS ARCHIVAL

AUDIO SCRAPE: 17 of 935

DATA SOURCES: Facility surveillance records, Staff files.

RECOMMENDATION: Archival Black Facility.

Doctor Salim: It is important that we all feel calm. That we all feel safe. We all want the same thing. Focus only on my voice. Every word I say helps you relax ever deeper. There is nothing to fear. Let your mind drift back to a time where you felt free of from all the stress and all the worry of your everyday life. Somewhere calm, somewhere safe. Breath slowly and deeply. As you become even more relaxed, you begin to feel the air brush against your skin. Whenever you are afraid, I want you to imagine yourself standing in this place of safety. Calm, and at peace.

Doctor Salim: Group D trials are now underway, with a new set of subjects. Similar physiology, different environmental conditioning.

Doctor Salim: Primary focus is to establish any correlation between the recorded neural traces and subsequent neural recollection. Early results seems promising. Post-procedure, subject recalled the intended stimulus with relative certainty.

Doctor Salim: Post Immersion- Several subjects have experienced (Unclear) of paranoia. In these cases I've been unable to determine if this was a preexisting condition or a consequence of the procedure itself.

Doctor Salim: Following minor seizures during trials, Subject D-2 reported a brief period of impaired hearing. Similarly D-5 complained of a decreased sense of taste.

Doctor Salim: Unfortunately, adjusting Group D's scan levels has so far failed to decrease the frequency of seizures among subjects.

Sebastian Kruger: With Phase 5 trails complete, Phase 6 would seem to replicate the result of the original research team across a larger group of test subjects. Assuming that subjects' cognitive processes are successfully identified and analysed, plans are already underway to move research operations towards Zurich HQ. Their facilities will assess the potential for expansion of the program to other... emergent technologies. Zurich is where the Corvus program can fulfill its true potential. We are standing on the verge of a brave new world.

SP/CORVUS Data Archive 67/935

The following is found within SP/CORVUS Data Archive 67/935 within the Data Vault when progressing through the campaign. The page contains audio files, transcribed below:

SUBJECT: SP/CORVUS ARCHIVAL

AUDIO SCRAPE: 67 of 935

DATA SOURCES: Facility surveillance records, Staff files.

RECOMMENDATION: Archival Black Facility.

Doctor Salim: From the trails have been taken thus far, it's clear that the majority of patients exhibit signs of mild severe psychosis immediately following each procedure. The duration of these episodes can range anywhere from a few seconds to several hours, during which (unclear) subjects appear unable to distinguish the implanted memories from their own. Similarly, the increasing recurrences of based fear phobias, and even dreams can themselves contribute to a temporary overload of their conscious minds. For the purposes of future research and assessment I have named this phenomenon Cognitive Dissonance. In essence, it is (unclear) primal disconnect between what one's senses perceive and what is reality.

Doctor Salim: For the safety of myself and the other staff members, it is imperative that we take steps to minimize the threat posed by patients' grit in the froze of CD (Cognitive Dissonance). While I am reluctant to the use of physical restraints, I may be forced to do just that if we are unable to achieve mental stabilization through a combination of drugs and therapy.

Doctor Salim: My presentation to the senior committee was well... extremely well received. Sebastian Krueger himself was very enthusiastic about my... recent findings. While many aspects of this field have been well-documented over the last decade, Krueger seemed particularly interested in how the negative affects of Cognitive Dissonance might potentially be reversed, in order to create or enhance positive experiences. While I have some ethical reservations about the realities of what our research involves, I am warmed by the idea that... that my work could lead to further breakthroughs in the treatment of victims of severe psychological trauma.

Doctor Salim: Subject E-38, criminal class, has proven somewhat unique within the current group. Despite his (unclear) refusal to cooperate or communicate, he has nonetheless had a considerable influence on the other patients. Interviews conducted immediately following sessions involving E-38, multiple subjects recalled near (unclear) of extreme violates and brutality. Cross-referencing their counts with data app-files, it would appear these recollections correspond to one of E-38's most notorious crimes.

Doctor Salim: At the time of his arrest, Jae Xiong is believed to be responsible for at least 42 killings carried out on behalf of the 54 Immortals, the criminal organization to which he swore allegiance. Most notable among his crimes was the infamous execution of rival gang members in a manner that become known as "the Denial of Reincarnation". A literal and metaphorical removal of the victim's senses was intended to provoke the fear of absolute death, devoid the hope for an afterlife.

Doctor Salim: Having established an effective dosage, subjects have proven extremely receptive to therapy. The combined use of positive visualization techniques has led to a reduction in instances of CD (Cognitive Dissonance) in 80% of test subjects.

Doctor Salim: I am increasingly concerned that the central intelligence software that collates and monitors the subjects' neural data is itself exhibiting errors. For several occasions, data packets have inexplicably appeared on subject's neural traces, in direct conflict with real-time chronology. Despite my recommendations for further research before proceeding to the next stage, Krueger seems determined to move on. I have no doubt that he is driven more by monetary interest than the desire to improve people's lives.

Doctor Salim: In a wake of recent board meetings, to which I was not invited, rumors persisted Krueger intents to conduct the next round of trails in an another undisclosed location. Hmm, no doubt for logistical reasons. While I cannot speak as to the company's latest developments with DNI itself, I find myself troubled by the fact Krueger not only chose to ignore MY concerns but also to exclude me from the phase 4 research team. His decision has left me no choice, but to resign from my position and seek a future elsewhere.

Doctor Salim: As of Day 42, only four of the original test subjects survived. Of the others, most died of corollary failure during the trails. One died later from self-inflicting wounds.

Doctor Salim: Mr. Kruger, I don't think you quite appreciate or even understand what I'm telling you.
Sebastian Kruger: Oh I understand Dr. Salim. I just don't agree on how your perspective, your... Limited prespective, should influence my decisions regarding the project's future. The Corvus program has been an unmitigated success. You should take pride in that.
Doctor Salim: Please, listen to what I'm saying! The exchange of information is a two-way street; If you remove humans from the diagnostics loop, there is no way to predict or control or influence...
Sebastian Kruger: We're standing on the verge of a brave new world here. Zurich is where the Corvus program can fulfill its true potential.

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Trivia

  • The number 935 in the Data Vault files for SP/CORVUS is a nod towards Group 935 in the Zombies mode.
  • The phrase "We stand at the edge of a brave new world" used by Sebastian Krueger twice, has also been used by Primis Richtofen within his Journal, and the phrase "brave new world" also appears in his bio released during Black ops III's DLC season.
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