Call of Duty: Black Ops 'Escalation' map pack releasing first on Xbox Live

The second Call of Duty: Black Ops map pack, titled 'Escalation,' will release first for Xbox 360 on May 3rd. The DLC will include four new multiplayer maps, as well as "a Zombies experience like none before it."

"In crafting the Escalation multiplayer maps – Zoo, Convoy, Hotel and Stockpile – the team developed them to be distinct experiences in their own right, giving players the variety they crave in both setting and gameplay," said Treyarch head Mark Lamia. “And I don't want to spoil any surprises for Zombies fans, but Call of the Dead takes it to a whole new level.”

Activision is quick to point out that the first Black Ops DLC pack, First Strike, was downloaded over 1.4 million times during its first 24 hours on the market. We can probably expect the same for Escalation, especially if 'Call of the Dead' is as exciting as Treyarch claims - it currently sounds much more like a new mode than just a map. And, adding to its draw, the release will be celebrated with a Double XP weekend beginning Friday, May 6th.

We can probably assume that the DLC will be available for $15, as usual. Plans for PS3 and PC releases have not been divulged.

Apr 11, 2011


  • turtlecb - April 17, 2011 6:19 p.m.

    Zombies...better? I-I...the only way it could be better was if its playablity was...was...OVER NINE THOUSAND!!! *shatter*
  • Trg564 - April 14, 2011 6:36 a.m.

    I hope the Zoo map means you can open a cage and let a tiger just maul everyone
  • SlinkyDink - April 13, 2011 8:16 a.m.

    CoD eats shit and fucks itself.
  • joemama - April 12, 2011 4:14 p.m.

    Hope the maps aren't as bad as the last batch.
  • NightCrawler_358 - April 12, 2011 11:08 a.m.

    seriously, why do we have to keep paying 15 bucks for content they should've included in the beginning? World at War had over 45 dollars of extra content, and i only buy some of these for the zombies. for 15-45 bucks, I could just be buying Resi 5, L4D, Killing Floor, Dead Space, and other zombie games that arent ripoffs.
  • NanoElite666 - April 12, 2011 5:27 a.m.

    Big surprise there. Really, what's the point of reporting something like this any more? I think we can be safe to assume that any CoD map pack is going to come out on 360 first, then the PS3 and PC later, for as long as the series continues to exist. If the 360 ends up getting a map pack last, THAT would be something worth reporting on then. And I sure as hell hope that SOMEBODY who makes the decisions pertaining to how to bundle this stuff decides to take all the zombie maps they do for Black Ops and stick them in their own damn bundle. I'll pay money for zombie maps dammit, but I sure as hell don't want to pay for competitive maps that I'll most likely NEVER FUCKING USE.
  • KingDjango - April 12, 2011 1:01 a.m.

  • SlinkyDink - April 12, 2011 12:52 a.m.

    Zombies is all CoD has to offer me, they should ditch the multiplayer and make a full blown zombies game.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - April 12, 2011 12:50 a.m.

    Dammit I love zombies so much, but I know it's the only thing I'll play and I just can't justify paying $15 for that one map :-(
  • Rattlehead - April 12, 2011 12:38 a.m.

    I ain't paying $15 for a few maps and crap and everyone who does is an idiot.
  • DamnHippy - April 12, 2011 12:28 a.m.

    I'll just gameshare again
  • WillisTron - April 12, 2011 12:21 a.m.

    No thanks.
  • BattleReachRising - April 12, 2011 12:16 a.m.

    I ditched Black Ops ages ago. Whenever i do clean the dust of its case I only play it for zombies. I moved on to bigger and better things (BAD COMPANY 2)
  • GreenLeader - April 11, 2011 11:57 p.m.

    I don't play Black Ops much anymore, after I realised I could play Homefront with no lag... The only reason I would get this is for the Zombies map, but I wouldn't consider that to be worth 1200 MSP
  • donutman7 - April 11, 2011 11:48 p.m.

    A whole new level of rip-off :D
  • Yingsin - April 11, 2011 11:31 p.m.

    What if we get to play as a zombie? 0.o
  • VoodooPanda - April 11, 2011 11:12 p.m.

    People still play Black Ops?
  • blakebeauchamp - April 11, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    What? A CoD map pack not being released on the ps3 first? Shocking.
  • freddyqaqualung - April 11, 2011 10:21 p.m.

    I'll probably download it off a friend and then complain about how crappy the maps are just like I did with First Strike. I hope this is a good overhaul, and I hope they get rid of those damn monkeys.
  • Scotch - April 11, 2011 10:19 p.m.

    "takes it to a whole new level" and "escalation" IC WAT U did thar PR guy.

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