Black Ops' Escalation add-on slams PSN June 10

Second batch of $15 post-release content for Treyarch's latest Call of Duty game arrives next week for PS3; double XP offered June 10-12.

While much of the current Call of Duty talk is focused on the upcoming Modern Warfare 3, that doesn't mean Activision is done with Call of Duty: Black Ops, its billion dollar baby. Today, the company announced that the game's Escalation downloadable content will be released in the recently reopened PlayStation Store next week.

In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Activision said the $15 Escalation DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops will arrive on the PlayStation Network next Friday, June 10. The content--which debuted in May for the Xbox 360, and yesterday for the PC--is composed of new multiplayer maps and a new zombie mode addition.

The Call of Duty action escalates next week for PS3 gamers.

The Escalation pack sports four multiplayer maps: Hotel, set on top of a luxury hotel and casino in old Havana; Convoy, which offers up close-quarters combat when a US military convoy is ambushed; Zoo, set in a derelict Soviet-era animal park; and Stockpile, which is set in a small Russian town that contains secret facilities housing weapons of mass destruction.

The downloadable add-on also features a "Call of the Dead" level. The zombie-slaughtering co-op level will feature a storyline inspired by famed horror director George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead) and features a '70s movie aesthetic that sees four action stars fending off hordes of undead around a ghost ship. It will feature the voices and likenesses of actors Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead), Danny Trejo (Machete), and Romero himself.

To celebrate the arrival of the Escalation content, Activision is granting PlayStation 3 Call of Duty gamers double XP through June 12. For more on the title in question, check out GameSpot's review of Call of Duty: Black Ops and Starting Block video feature, embedded below.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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FamousCalibur
FamousCalibur

@YoungCardinal its a greedy world we live in. ur right and im wrong, i accept that :)

lipote
lipote

That george romero thing makes absolutely no sense!!!

sensesfail99
sensesfail99

hell yes! GEORGE ROMERO!!!! i dont get the point of him tho. I mean itd be cool to have him a the player but i dont get what he does besides make it harder. can you kill him? i have to get this. i should have waited and got this instead of first strike.

advocacy
advocacy

Sony should've given this DLC for free as part of their "Welcome Back" program.

soolkiki
soolkiki

When is COD going to roll over and die already??? I mean, it used to be great, and now it's just something to keep the company alive... :(

gameking5000
gameking5000

I want to know if these maps are actually well designed and tactical instead of hearing comments about the price.

benatrix
benatrix

I paid for the last map pack and didn't like it. Won't bother with this one. Battlefield 3! :D

YoungCardinal
YoungCardinal

@FamousCalibur Some DLC are essentially Expansion packs that are worth the price. But to charge a couple bucks for small things, or charge almost an entire new game like the CoD map backs, its weakening the industry. On top of that, instead of giving gamers a solid game at release (Look at Mafia 2). They give a decent single player, but remove all customization and replay value until there DLC. For a mere $2 or $3, your character can dress or drive unique cars. If they incorporated all that within the base game at no charge, critic would have rated the game better. In my opinion, i think DLC has gotten to a point where every game these days must have some form it it to nickel and dime what they can. Out of respect for the gamers who buy your products, take a lesson from Valve releasing everything free. That's customer appreciation in my mind. You really think $1 Billion is not a enough money for them to finance new games,marketing,salary, R&D etc? Give me a break.

PhazonBlazer
PhazonBlazer

Ok I admit that I will probably buy this only for Call of the Dead.

LittleBIGKid
LittleBIGKid

Yeah, I don't think I'll be buying this one. Seriously, Activision or Treyarch should make each map a seperate download so you dont get what you dont want. For example, I prefer multiplayer more than zombies, but if bought this I would get zombie maps that I would never use. And one more thing, I don't see why we get it 2 months later, but still have to pay the same price. Aleast make the release date same as PC.

FamousCalibur
FamousCalibur

@YoungCardinal well what else do you want in a dlc, a whole new game. you gotta realise ppl do this for money for the next game. however, i've never bought a cod dlc, (they are rip offs), but i do love the Uncharted 3 and willing to buy their reasonable dlc

Tevi
Tevi

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EliteGamer09
EliteGamer09

lol we get it a month and two weeks late and we still pay the same price...

k16campbell
k16campbell

The last WORTHY dlc that i bought was Undead Nightmare. 15 bucks for 4 maps? No thanks.

holtrocks
holtrocks

Don't get it all my friends said the maps feel rushed and looked horid and the zombie map barely kept them entertained i did not buy it but thats just because i hate the gameplay style of CoD.

lifemeister
lifemeister

Barely?! I'm already bored of this add-on. Lol! No, I'm just kidding. I didn't purchase this DLC.

josh7845
josh7845

A lot of you are saying that COD should die but I don't think they should. I think that the developers should get off their lazy arses and try to do something new with the series. It's not like they're taking a risk since every COD game released in recent years has made them more money than there is in the entire f***ing world.

kevin1927z
kevin1927z

I will not buy any Call of Duty add-ons until they lower the ridiculous prices. I wish more people would do the same, but the Call of Duty sheep would probably pay $50 for a few maps if they had to.

quiero-sexo
quiero-sexo

ima buying it, thou i think 15 dlls is a ripp off, it still a good ripp off, but Gaming people should look in ways to expand the game WAY beyond with dlc´s, like de Fallout, GTA, Elders Scroll, AC, Alan Wake...more than just maps!, maps, a bit of history, new weapons, characters, some dept...but i still accept maps and weapons haha :D

A7Lover55
A7Lover55

i will not buy black ops i;ll just wait for Mw3 or Battlefield :D

ANT11595
ANT11595

once again another waste of 15 dollars. . .

ryogapower
ryogapower

to all the haters, the reason so called 'suckers' pay the money for cod dlc is because its top drawer dlc. each zombie map is a game in itself. its certainly better than mw2's 3 new maps and 2 old ones, thats a rip off but i certainly dont feel ripped off by any of the black ops dlc.

DaWarthog
DaWarthog

I'll pass i prefer to keep my $15 dollars its only a matter of time before I will get tired of the download anyway.

YoungCardinal
YoungCardinal

It boggles the mind that CoD fans would pay up to an additional $30 to 8 new maps and a new Zombie Mode (in total). Very few DLC now a days are even worth buying. Most of it is a joke: Map Packs, few new weapons, new skins...REALLY???

Rovelius
Rovelius

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay :P

taino1128
taino1128

Of course, hardcore CoD fans will get this. But I don't blame average or occassional players for thinking that this is overpriced. I'm a hardcore fan, but I still think that this is expensive. They should either go back to selling 4 maps for $10 or have MP maps and Zombies maps in separate DLC packs. I say that because there are some people who just care about MP and some who just care about Zombies. They shouldn't have to pay for both.

darthtman
darthtman

@ Superzone: WOW MAN!!!! What does it matter to you if the game dies or lives??? Does it make a difference to you??? You dont have to play it man. WOW!!!! Stop wasting your time making stupid posts!!!

Okplay
Okplay

Just DYE already b****..

matthew220
matthew220

It should be 9.99 at most!!! I got Vietnam for the same price $14.99. and got more maps! new guns & vehicles! it was like a new game. I get it because my best gamer sidekick is COD fan. and we made a deal I'll play COD & NFS. if he plays BBC2 , MOH & homefront this is johnnydragon on My nefu's acct.

Edged_out
Edged_out

This will be the first Map Pack that i will not be buying, just had enough now. If we gladly pay this MW3 Map packs will cost more. I really think i'll now miss out MW3 this Xmas and go for BF3.

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

suk my balls june 10th, this takes the p***. ill be smashin the Duke come the 10th.......COD fail

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

@Yuusha09 I Punch those numbers into my calculator, it makes a happy face! Sorry I couldn't resist a Cave Johnson quote.

dylan417
dylan417

I'd rather be playing inFamous 2.

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

Normally this is were I'd complain about Activision sapping money from gamers but right now those Hot Twins from Dead Rising 2 are seriously pissing me off, GOD THEY ARE SO CHEAP AT FIGHTING!!!!!!!!! You gotta admit though the club music is awesome. I'm sorry, what was the topic again?

Blackbird34
Blackbird34

People, if you don't like Black Ops then just shut up. You want to whine and say "let the series die". If you dont like it, dont play it. As for all the DLC..... THIS IS THE SECOND MAP PACK! And yes, it is a bit steep but it's better than Capcom's Street Fighter 4/MVC prices. Seriously, $5 for one freakin character for MVC? Now THAT is a ripoff. If any of you have actually bought any DLC for either SF4 or MVC, you have no place to talk. Besides, SF4 sucked, and I laugh at those who actually like that pathetic excuse for a game.

IAm_PUFF_FearMe
IAm_PUFF_FearMe

@Macdaddy51 That is almost exactly what I was about to say.

Macdaddy51
Macdaddy51

I'm just getting for zombies pretty much just like all the other ppl, that's mainly why i bought first strike too. I wont even buy MW3 I'll be getting Battlefield 3 probly and the only other CODs i will buy will be ones by Treyarch only b/c zombies too if COD even gets that far.

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

So people pay 60$ for CoD, 15$ for the first map pack, then 15$ for the second. So, all in all your paying 90$ for a game you'll replace in November when the new one comes out. Or... just laugh in Activision's face by not giving them a dime for this god-awful franchise. Please just let it die.

Squirrel-Master
Squirrel-Master

The DLC price was bull sh*t I quit playing Blops and I won't be buying MW3

Superzone
Superzone

Seriously, how much DLC does this game have? At $15 a pop all of the DLC for this game probably totals to the same amount that the game itself cost! Come on people, Activision is suckering you out of money. Stop buying this. God I can't wait for CoD to die already.

milan4554
milan4554

im getting it for free (F) you's Activision

xV-DeadGamer-Vx
xV-DeadGamer-Vx

I cannot wait for the entire call of duty franchise to disappear. I for one, will not miss it.

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

Hey Activision, why don't you do what Valve does and include a level editor instead of being greedy.

nini200
nini200

NEED THESE FOR WII ALSO Treyarch!!! Call of the Dead Zombies looks AWESOME!!!

Balmane
Balmane

I will get just for Zombies!!!!!!!!!