Activision announced today the release of the Black Ops: Escalation DLC Map Pack on Playstation 3. XBOX Live players have had the privelege of playing the newest Black Ops zombies map for some time already. Jealous Playstation users will get their first crack at Romero, Trejo, Buffy, and the undead starting today. Call of the Dead features some Hollywood zombie slaying talent, and it features one of the most creative story setups in COD Zombies history.
As a little teaser, here’s the opening sequence from the new zombie map:
Sony has announced that a limited edition PlayStation bundle will be available for purchase starting today. The PlayStation 3 Call of Duty: Black Ops Bundle combines a 160GBPS3 console with Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops and the First Strike DLC pack at a price tag of $299.99.
“The choice to bundle Call of Duty: Black Ops and the First Strike Content Pack with the PlayStation 3 is perfect for anyone looking to bring home an incredible entertainment experience, that delivers endless hours of excitement through the games epic single player campaign, hugely popular multiplayer on PlayStation Network, or our fan favorite co-op Zombies mode,” Studio Head of Treyarch, Mark Lamia said. “And for those with 3D enabled televisions, the game’s Campaign, Multiplayer and Zombies experiences are seamlessly set up for stereoscopic 3D on the PS3 right out of the box.”
Black Ops in 3Dis very cool (if a little bit headache-inducing), but 3D televisions are still far from the norm, and Black Ops is fully enjoyable on an old-school TV. For gamers in need of a PS3, the new bundle should be a nice opportunity to pick up a new system coupled with the best selling video game of all time.
The new Avenged Sevenfold song, “Not Ready to Die” appears as an Easter Egg in Call of the Dead, the new zombie map in the Escalation DLC pack. In an interview with Revolver magazine, band frontman M. Shadows reveals that the song was recorded specifically for the game, and that he is a avid player of Black Ops.
Shadows said the song was written in a blitz over a few days. “So it was written, like, in four days that we had off. So it was pretty rushed. It was pretty incredible, though, because we really wanted to do it. It was written, like, a month or two ago.” He admits to being a diehard Black Ops player, ““I would say that Black Ops, to me right now, is pretty out of hand. When I’m home, I literally get on at 9 at night and don’t get off until 8 in the morning. My whole clan is the same way: We’ll just play game levels until there’re no games to be played, and then we’ll jump in the public matches and play and just mess around until 8 in the morning. So that’s pretty out of hand. My schedule is so messed up because of that game. I also built a gaming rig. A 42-inch TV with the Xbox and surround sound. A Logitech headset. I have all this crap on the road. And a lot of times the truck can’t leave because I’m sitting there playing a match. And I’ve got to wait until it’s done. And they’re like, “Really? We’re sitting here waiting on the whole crew because this guy’s playing Black Ops?” But it’s pretty out of hand to me.”
In what might be a bit of inside scoop on the direction of the zombie franchise, Shadows had this to say: “ There’s a full backstory to what [the makers of Call of Duty] been doing for years with their “Zombies” series…They sent me over the full storyline…” Apparently, there is a full, composed storyline to accompany the zombie maps. Most of use would love a little insight into the mysterious underpinnings of the collection of zombie maps.
Sarah Michelle Gellar may have learned how to fend off the undead as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but now she is lending her voice to the digital version of herself in Call of Duty’s Call of the Dead. For those of you who haven’t yet played Call of the Dead, Gellar appears as herself along with Danny Trejo, Robert Englund, Michael Rooker, and the godfather of zombie films, George Romero.
In the video below, Gellar talks about what it was like to lend her voice to one of the most popular video game franchises of all time.
For those lucky Xbox players that are playing Call of the Dead and haven’t been dealing with PSN outages, check out how to unlock this Avenged Sevenfold song in the new zombie map. Treyarch continues to put an easter egg song in every zombie map, to the delight of those multiplayer users who feel the need to go start the secret song every game.
Treyarch just announced a release date for the Escalation map pack on the PC. Zombie enthusiasts who play Call of Duty on the PC will be able to sample the new ‘Call of the Dead’ map starting June 2, 2011. Unfortunately, there is still no official date for Escalation to be made available on the Ps3. PS3 players are left to wonder when they will be able to experience Romero, Buffy, Danny Trejo, et al in the newest, baddest zombie map for Black Ops.
The Escalation map pack features Call of the Dead, a new zombie map set in Siberia as well as these new multiplayer maps:
Stockpile: A rural Russian town that contains a secret stockpile of WMDs.
Zoo: A creepy, deserted Soviet Zoo.
Convoy: Fight amongst the wreckage of an ambushed US convoy.
Hotel: A luxury hotel in Cuba is the scene for this multiplayer map.