After nearly a year, Activision‘s Call of Duty: Black Ops II is wrapping up its DLC offerings, and with a brand new map pack that has hit the Xbox Live Arcade as of today. Apocalypse brings together four new maps and a brand new Zombies Mode for fans to toy around with by the name of “Origins”, which takes us back with Tank, Nikolai, Takeo, and Richtofen – from the very first Zombies map featured in Call of Duty: World at War. Treyarch have also brought back Avenged Sevenfold (yay?) to cover the soundtrack, as well as boasting about the new enlistment of famed comics illustrator and painter, Alex Ross.
Here are the details for the maps and new modes:
- Pod: A failed utopian community from the 70’s has left stacks of dilapidated residential pods nestled into an abandoned cliff side in Taiwan. Its residents long gone, the modernist compound now hosts frenetic combat as players must run atop the pods, as well as navigate their multi-tiered interiors for a strategic edge.
- Frost: Fresh snow meets explosive gunpowder in this snow-capped European city, where the bridge over a frozen canal separates it into two sides, requiring players to employ multi-level strategies as they traverse the terrain in order to outsmart, and ultimately outshoot their enemies.
- Takeoff: Fans of “Stadium” from the original Call of Duty®: Black Ops First Strike DLC will find themselves at home on “Takeoff.” Marooned in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, this remote launch site is all about close-quarters combat, combining tight corners with open spaces for intense encounters.
- Dig: An adaptation of the fan-favourite “Courtyard” from Call of Duty: World at War, where two archeological dig sites in Afghanistan become the perfect playground for combatants eager for hectic, unceasing confrontations. Treyarch, has retained the spirit of “Courtyard” with two major chokepoints and a wide open layout with raised platforms, but has also provided fans with a fresh take by including a multitude of pathways.
In addition to the four maps, Apocalypse also reveals “Origins,” the most horrifying and imaginative Zombies experience to date. Players will be deployed to a Dieselpunk-stylized World War I-era France that brings back the four original heroes – Tank, Nikolai, Takeo, and Richtofen – from the very first Zombies map featured in Call of Duty: World at War, as well as hordes of zombies that have overrun the French countryside’s trenches and fields, as well as the ruins of an ancient and mysterious location.
Apocalypse also marks Treyarch’s partnership with award-winning Warner Bros. Records rock band, Avenged Sevenfold, whose new song, “Shepherd of Fire” from their just released album, “Hail to the King,” headlines the soundtrack to the game’s Zombies experience.
Along with Avenged Sevenfold, Treyarch also enlisted the talent of famed comics illustrator and painter, Alex Ross, to lend his talent to “Origins,” providing original Zombies art depicting the four returning hero characters.
And there you have it. You can pick up Apocalypse for Black Ops II as of today or snag it for free if you have already made the plunge with the season pass. Stay tuned, as dates for the release of the PS3/PC versions are sure to follow soon enough.