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For All You BLOPers Out There: New Maps Hitting Xbox Live On May 3

Maps, you guys! MAPS!!!

Retailer GAME Australia leaked this announcement, but now the information within the leak is official: a new Call of Duty: Black Ops map pack called “Escalation” is coming, and its hitting this May 3 on Xbox Live Marketplace. Escalation will usher in a total of four new competitive maps and a fresh zombie 
(wait, is "fresh zombie" an oxymoron?) mode map that will come loaded with a nice perk for fans: a cast of “all-new playable characters” according to Xbox Live guru and mouthpiece Major Nelson.

So, where will this pack thrust you and your fellow BLOPers? “Zoo” will take you to the grounds of an abandoned Russian zoo, “Hotel” will keep the killin’ classy on the rooftop of a Cuban luxury hotel, while “Convoy” will test your close-quarters mettle on the grounds of an ambushed US convoy, and “Stockpile” will have you WMD facility-hopping in a secret Russian farm town. 
  

  

What I’m leaving out is the fifth map, the zombie mode map. Activision isn’t talking about it in any level of meaningful detail, but the publisher is floating the claim that it’ll feature a “unique zombies experience." Let's see, in games, we've shot zombies, stabbed zombies, exploded zombies, bludgeoned zombies, chainsawed zombies, axed zombies, run over zombies with a variety of vehicles, farmed special zombie-killing plants to defend against zombies, placed vision-obscuring masks on zombies for the expressed purpose of our own perverse amusement, played as zombies, controlled entire armies of zombies, and even used zombies as an edutainional way to improve our typing skills. So, what's left? Zombie puzzle fighter mode? Zombie political strategy simulation? Kill zombie Castro? What, too soon?

No word on price just yet or the release date of a possible PS3 or PC version. Trends indicate these two other platforms will see a release of Escalation in the coming months after the release on Xbox Live. If you remember, Microsoft sealed another exclusive with Activision over the release of BLOPs content, so that's what's up with the delayed releases of DLC.

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Posted by BradNicholson

Retailer GAME Australia leaked this announcement, but now the information within the leak is official: a new Call of Duty: Black Ops map pack called “Escalation” is coming, and its hitting this May 3 on Xbox Live Marketplace. Escalation will usher in a total of four new competitive maps and a fresh zombie 
(wait, is "fresh zombie" an oxymoron?) mode map that will come loaded with a nice perk for fans: a cast of “all-new playable characters” according to Xbox Live guru and mouthpiece Major Nelson.

So, where will this pack thrust you and your fellow BLOPers? “Zoo” will take you to the grounds of an abandoned Russian zoo, “Hotel” will keep the killin’ classy on the rooftop of a Cuban luxury hotel, while “Convoy” will test your close-quarters mettle on the grounds of an ambushed US convoy, and “Stockpile” will have you WMD facility-hopping in a secret Russian farm town. 
  

  

What I’m leaving out is the fifth map, the zombie mode map. Activision isn’t talking about it in any level of meaningful detail, but the publisher is floating the claim that it’ll feature a “unique zombies experience." Let's see, in games, we've shot zombies, stabbed zombies, exploded zombies, bludgeoned zombies, chainsawed zombies, axed zombies, run over zombies with a variety of vehicles, farmed special zombie-killing plants to defend against zombies, placed vision-obscuring masks on zombies for the expressed purpose of our own perverse amusement, played as zombies, controlled entire armies of zombies, and even used zombies as an edutainional way to improve our typing skills. So, what's left? Zombie puzzle fighter mode? Zombie political strategy simulation? Kill zombie Castro? What, too soon?

No word on price just yet or the release date of a possible PS3 or PC version. Trends indicate these two other platforms will see a release of Escalation in the coming months after the release on Xbox Live. If you remember, Microsoft sealed another exclusive with Activision over the release of BLOPs content, so that's what's up with the delayed releases of DLC.

Edited by x7eleven

Can we get much higher :P

Omg this was so random :DDD

Posted by Wortdog

Awesomeness!

Posted by Kyreo

Yippee?

Posted by X19

I want a map within a map within a map.

Posted by Klei

Irrelevant. The next CoD will be out in November. Why buy Maps you'll play with only a handful of times before ditching the game for the newer one next winter?

Posted by MjHealy

BLOPers? Brad Nicholson, you have lost my respect.

Posted by Ramone
@MjHealy said:
"BLOPers? Brad Nicholson, you have lost my respect. "

I'm suprised he had your respect in the first place
Posted by OtakuGamer

More maps to spend our worthless money on! Yay!

Posted by FourWude

Call of Duty.... FUCK YEAH!! Gonna shoot me some more enemies of the blessed homeland of the states of united. FUCK YEAH!!

If you're a tryhard, creeping, camping, dropshot mofo.... then you gotsa buy these maps!!

Gaming to me is a religion and COD is a way of life.

....

...... no.

Edited by FourWude
@OtakuGamer said:

" More maps to spend our worthless money on! Yay! "


Shit. I don't know me no economonics, so to me paying in Micrsocroft points is like paying in nomopoly money. I think a point is worth like a penny in the real world.... no?

Wait, let me ask my friend Dwayne.

*Dwayne CLEEETUS!!! How much is a dollar worth these days?*

Posted by 234r2we232

People haven't grown out of calling it "BLOPs" yet? Ah, well so long as kids are still using "douchebag" as an insult, the bar can't go any lower.

Posted by OldManLight

Activision, why don't I just give you $15, you can have a guy kick me in the balls and tell me I wasted my money, and we'll call us square right now

Posted by Hizang

Just Dance: Zombie Edition

Posted by GravityProof

I would totally pay $15 for a map pack... if it contained all of the COD 4 maps.

Posted by amir90

Will anyone buy it for me since it is coming out on my bday? :D:D:D

Posted by abdo

15 dollars for 5 maps is a rip-off. 


They still haven't released a GOTY version of Modern Warfare 2, and why would they? Why sell a game and its maps bundled together for 40 bucks when you can still sell the standalone game for the same price, and then make another 15-30 dollars on map packs?
Posted by ALavaPenguin

Ya know...  I have no desire to pay for a map pack when honestly the maps it shipped with were kinda terrible.  Kinda was the same case with the last game too.  CoD4 had some pretty awesome maps but the ones made in call of duty games now adays are kinda really lame except for a few exceptions.



Posted by nick_verissimo

Hearing "BLOP's" being used so casually made me cringe. Now, BLOPers?..eugh

Posted by 2HeadedNinja

sad thing is ... this is gonna sell like hot cakes. and to everyone complaining about "blopers" ... grow up.

Posted by MysteriousBob
@MjHealy said:
" BLOPers? Brad Nicholson, you have lost my respect. "
You respected him? He's been a terrible writer from the start.
Edited by TorMasturba

I sold Black-Ops a week after I bought it, and I'm happy to jump off the bandwagon thanks.

Black-Ops wasn't the cause of my gradually growing lack of interest in certain video-games, but it definitely sped things up a tad.

Posted by OneManX

I love the irrational hate, instead of saying, it's not for me, people just want to bash and just ignore the MILLIONS of people who've already dropped dime on map packs already. if most people play 1 r 2 games and one of those games happen to be BLOPs, of course something liek this is a deal to them, seeing as they will play that game for hours. It's just new playgrounds to play in.


Price tag too high, maybe? But considering the hours people log on this game, who's to say?
Posted by SomeJerk

Sweet, even more maps that make late 90's QuakeWorld maps look fucking amazing in comparison.

(..and makes MW2 look even better. Like we've all decided on the PC version.)

Posted by takua108

I think the correct term is "blopsers."

Posted by Mechanized

Map packs don't do it for me anymore. I need new guns.

Posted by Korne

I call the BOPers... not BLOPers

Posted by President_Barackbar
@OneManX:  But its those kind of people that are the problem. Real gamers have moved on from games like BLOPS and Activision's shitty business tactics, but the people who only own the latest Call of Duty and Madden and without hesitation buy map packs screw everyone else by doing so.
Posted by Belonpopo

Thank god for stupid 14 year old brothers. I would never pay 15 dollars for a map pack that small.

Posted by Sooty

Fire this man.

Posted by Gizmo

For 15 bucks you could have bought Mount & Blade : Warband a few weeks ago.


Mind-blowing.
Posted by EgoCheck616
THIS GAME STILL EXISTS?
Posted by Jerome85

lol at all of the hate.  Bunch of bitter people.  I'm sorry your favorite game only gets love by .0001% of the population.  It's the same people who "traded in" their game because the "game" was bad.  When in reality you got your ass handed to you every game, so of course you got rid of it.  The same people who rage quit every game.  LOL.  kids.  Looking forward to the new maps.

Posted by tourgen

seems pretty expensive for what they are trying to sell.  whatever guess we'll see how well the map packs keep selling.

Posted by Sooty
@Jerome85 said:
" lol at all of the hate.  Bunch of bitter people.  I'm sorry your favorite game only gets love by .0001% of the population.  It's the same people who "traded in" their game because the "game" was bad.  When in reality you got your ass handed to you every game, so of course you got rid of it.  The same people who rage quit every game.  LOL.  kids.  Looking forward to the new maps. "
and this here folks is how to make yourself look like a complete and total cunt in one paragraph.
Posted by Landon
@EgoCheck616 said:
" THIS GAME STILL EXISTS? "
I don't know if you noticed, but literally everyone on earth has a copy of BLOPS. Of course there's gonna be a few more map packs for it.
Posted by LegendaryChopChop

Excellent. New zombie maps are always welcome, and a multiplayer map in a zoo will be a heck of a good time.

Posted by EgoCheck616
@Landon said:
" @EgoCheck616 said:
" THIS GAME STILL EXISTS? "
I don't know if you noticed, but literally everyone on earth has a copy of BLOPS. Of course there's gonna be a few more map packs for it. "
I don't own a copy of BLOPS and I never have. 
I must live on Mars. Right?
Posted by Landon
@EgoCheck616 said:
" @Landon said:
" @EgoCheck616 said:
" THIS GAME STILL EXISTS? "
I don't know if you noticed, but literally everyone on earth has a copy of BLOPS. Of course there's gonna be a few more map packs for it. "
I don't own a copy of BLOPS and I never have. 
I must live on Mars. Right?
"
Either that, or you bought it and you just didn't know it. Tell me, has spare change been suddenly disappearing around your house?
Posted by WrathOfBanja
@X19 said:
" I want a map within a map within a map. "
We need to go deeper.
Posted by EgoCheck616
@Landon said:
" @EgoCheck616 said:
" @Landon said:
" @EgoCheck616 said:
" THIS GAME STILL EXISTS? "
I don't know if you noticed, but literally everyone on earth has a copy of BLOPS. Of course there's gonna be a few more map packs for it. "
I don't own a copy of BLOPS and I never have. 
I must live on Mars. Right?
"
Either that, or you bought it and you just didn't know it. Tell me, has spare change been suddenly disappearing around your house? "
No. I don't have any change left. All of my money has been going to.. you know.. good games.
:(
Posted by yemeth

  Maps, you guys! MAPS!!!

 

Everytime I read MAPS!!! I think of the map merchant in The Longest Journey :)



Posted by Vaile
@EgoCheck616 said:
" @Landon said:
" @EgoCheck616 said:
" @Landon said:
" @EgoCheck616 said:
" THIS GAME STILL EXISTS? "
I don't know if you noticed, but literally everyone on earth has a copy of BLOPS. Of course there's gonna be a few more map packs for it. "
I don't own a copy of BLOPS and I never have. 
I must live on Mars. Right?
"
Either that, or you bought it and you just didn't know it. Tell me, has spare change been suddenly disappearing around your house? "
No. I don't have any change left. All of my money has been going to.. you know.. good games.
:(
"
xD
Yeah, I don't own BLOPS either. My brother does, but I couldn't even bother to finish the third mission.

So, the zombie map... romance sidequest?
Posted by Dan_CiTi

It's BOPS. Ugh. 

Edited by McDunkin

I remember when companies used to release mod tools and you would end up with games like counter-strike, day of defeat, natural selection, firearms...

Now it's just a handful of maps for 15 bucks before the next disposable game comes out this winter.

EDIT:  It just dawned on me that some multiplayer  modes in blops like gun game came out of the mod scene.  That and I wonder how many people doing level design for these maps got their start by making maps with mod tools.  Map packs just begin to make less and less sense to me.  Other than the gash grab concept of course.

Posted by Example1013

Like I'm gonna drop more money on this game.

Posted by TwoOneFive

i stopped playing this months ago (except when my buddy comes over he makes me play sticks and stones). this game fucking blows. and i didnt waste $15 on the last map pack either. 

Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials

I laugh a hollow laugh at Black Ops.

Posted by MrPilkington

I had my fill with Black Ops after finishing the single player. Enjoyed some multiplayer, but didn't get too much out of it and moved on after a few hours.
Posted by OneManX
@President_Barackbar said:
" @OneManX:  But its those kind of people that are the problem. Real gamers have moved on from games like BLOPS and Activision's shitty business tactics, but the people who only own the latest Call of Duty and Madden and without hesitation buy map packs screw everyone else by doing so. "

Moved on? BLOPs came out 6 months ago, I've been playing Brotherhood like crazy and paid for the DLC and it's been out for the same amount of time. This game is FAR from being old and it's still doing pretty great, so why wouldn't Activision continue to add content to the game?

Why does it matter what people do with their money?

I haven't played BLOPs in a while (mainly because my 360 died), but if I had the chance, I'd might grab the maps or I may not, with MK and SOCOM coming soon, i'd have no real reason to buy them, but I'm not everyone else.
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