The next round of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC will mark the end of the Season Pass, and it will appear exclusively on Xbox 360 later this month. Called COD: Black Ops 2 Apocalypse, the DLC will be available via Xbox Live on August 27. Apocalypse is the game’s fourth and final DLC pack and will include four new multiplayer maps and the all-new Zombies experience “Origins.”
A COD: Black Ops 2 Apocalypse PS3 release date will be announced later, as will the release date for the PC version.
Black Ops 2 Apocalypse delivers four new multiplayer maps:
- 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 traversal strategies 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-favorite “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, a wide open layout and raised platforms, but has provided fans with a fresh take on the multitude of paths.
In addition to the four new multiplayer maps, Black Ops 2 Apocalypse also reveals Origins, the most horrifying and imaginative Zombies experience to date. Players will be deployed to Dieselpunk-stylized World War I-era France, where they will encounter the return of the four original heroes from the very first Zombies map: Tank, Nikolai, Takeo and Rictofen. Players will also encounter hordes of zombies that have overrun trenches and fields, as well as the ruins of a mysterious and ancient location.
Unleashed after the Germans unearthed the mysterious “Element 115,” this next chapter in the Zombies legacy will explore the saga’s origins as players reunite with an unlikely band of soldiers that come together to defeat the greatest evil the world has ever seen, using a period-specific arsenal that includes Wonder Weapons that harness supernatural powers, a diesel-drone and Mark IV tank, as well a new perk machine and power-ups. Oh, and did we mention it Black Ops 2 Apocalypse will also include a “an unprecedented 1,000-foot tall robot abomination,” according to Activision?
Finally, a few tidbits not related to gameplay: Treyarch has partnered with rock band Avenged Sevenfold, who will contribute the song “Shepherd of Fire” to the game from their upcoming album, “Hail to the King.” The song will appear in the new Zombies experience. Along with Avenged Sevenfold, famed comics illustrator and painter Alex Ross has also lent his talent to “Origins,” providing original art that features the original Zombies heroes. Ross is one of the most esteemed comic book artists of all time and is most famous for his work with DC and Marvel Comics.