Treyarch teases Black Ops: Annihilation map pack with new trailer

Call of Duty: Black Ops' 1960s setting was a dark time, with Communist paranoia, social unrest, and Robert Strange McNamara's haircut seeing the world through a morally-dense fog of war. But it was also a weird-ass decade, with sci-fi weirdness permeating the culture, aliens knocking about the New Mexico desert, and recreational crazes like mini-golf flooding the suburbs before “kitsch” was even a thing. For a map pack with a grim-'n'-gritty name like Annihilation, the latest Black Ops DLC sure does pack plenty of the era's loopiness into the best-selling title.

Here's the behind-the-scenes trailer for the pack, which makes its XBL debut on June 28 with day-one downloaders treated to a double-XP weekend starting July 1. The trailer offers a few location-specific tips for the new multiplayer maps – Hangar 18, Silo, Hazard and Drive-In – and a look at Shangri-La, the new Zombies map which injects Night of the Living Dead into that other 60s obsession: mystical old Eastern stuff. Basically, it's a tightly-wound cornucopia of 60s oddity, held together with the ability to stab people in the gut for fun. If that notion doesn't hold anything new for you, you may actually be Charles Manson... in which case, your presence on our site is both flattering and terrifying.

Jun 16, 2011


  • g4m3rk1dd - June 20, 2011 8:33 a.m.

    oh look another map not getting another map pack...this is getting like halo all over again...
  • Tomgoulter - June 20, 2011 12:19 a.m.

    @CitizenWolfie I love where your head's at. How about the Altamont Speedway? Sure, the rights to "Under My Thumb" could be pricey, but you know what, these guys have got a couple bucks to rub together.
  • Zepaw - June 19, 2011 11:10 p.m.

    I have loved the two map packs so far. I groan at paying $100 overall for this game but damn me I am going to do it anyway.
  • CitizenWolfie - June 19, 2011 8:20 a.m.

    I don't want to sound like another CoD hater but prety much all these maps look familiar: Hangar 18 = Terminal (MW2) Silo = Fuel (huge snipe-heavy map, MW2 DLC), their very own Launch (Black Ops) Drive In = By their own admission, like Nuketown Hazard = By their own admission, like one of the WaW maps. I realise it must be difficult coming up with truly original maps these days but there must be loads of 60's stuff to draw inspiration from instead of rehashing old maps. Off the top of my head; A 60's nightclub, Woodstock festival, another 'Nam jungle (but maybe with a river to swim in), a French plantation in Vietnam, the Pentagon, the street in Dallas where JFK was assassinated. Bloody Hell Treyarch, you can have any of those for free if you want.
  • GodofPS314 - June 19, 2011 12:04 a.m.

    First Strike was horrible but Escalation was definitely satisfying. Call of the Dead was really great and the multi-player maps didn't drive me insane either. The new zombie map looks pretty cool and just that will make it somewhat worth $15 for me. Too bad I play on PS3.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - June 18, 2011 1:47 p.m.

    If you think about it, there're much better ways to spend $15 in the XBL Marketplace. Not sure about PSN, but I'm sure there's better stuff there too.
  • donutman7 - June 18, 2011 12:16 p.m.

    Good thing ps3 gameshares anyways, half the maps on the latest ones were terrible and call of the dead was brain-dead hard with random spawns and no real strategy
  • Azralph13 - June 18, 2011 9:50 a.m.

    Bring back NUKETOWN 24/7. It doesn't come up nearly enough in normal multi-player. Honestly these maps look great but im not sure about shelling out for another map-pack when I probably won't be playing in 5 months. MW3 Battlefield 3!
  • Dman3981 - June 18, 2011 5:11 a.m.

    Man slow down, the PS3 one just came out last week. Still it looks interesting, I thought they were going to focus on map interactivity because that made maps more enjoyable. New zombies looks nice, but I thought nobody liked monkeys, I know I hated them. I guess this is what "Paradise" is and where they were sent from the Call of the Dead level. Also cut this conspiracy stuff, like how Treyarch just removed 12 maps and planned on selling them. I know that a few maps they released they worked on before like Berlin Wall but maps like that were no where near finished. My only complaint is that they're charging $15 for these when they should be $10 like WAW.
  • Terrorrizor - June 18, 2011 4:35 a.m.

    So about $54 bucks for the game plus the first pack $15 and then two more $30. $99 bucks so far, how bout a discount Treyarch especially for some supposed re-packaged maps? I guess I'll buy it...
  • Jedipimp0712 - June 18, 2011 1:18 a.m.

    fucking treyarch. why dont they just stop making COD games, and start making zombie games in the COD universe. "this is just like our WaW map" well thats awesome. maybe i should just go play WaW then.
  • AlphaAGENT144 - June 18, 2011 12:42 a.m.

    incase people dont know: these maps arent new; they were just cut from the game and repackaged as DLC
  • sutrebla15 - June 18, 2011 12:33 a.m.

    Another one already!? I still don't have the first one.
  • Hammish - June 18, 2011 12:21 a.m.

    Stupid stupid stupid

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