Black Ops' Escalation DLC outed

Latest Call of Duty getting second map pack on May 3 according to pulled retailer advertisement; will arrive first on Xbox Live.

Call of Duty: Black Ops is already a huge blockbuster. Treyarch's shooter has sold close to 14 million copies in the United States alone since debuting in November, becoming the United States' best-selling game ever. The game welcomed the First Strike map pack in February, and now Black Ops is set to grow even further.

The fighting escalates this May, according to the leaked ad.

According to an advertisement (since pulled) from Australian video game retailer GAME (via Kotaku Australia), Call of Duty: Black Ops will welcome the Escalation map pack on May 3. According to the image (at right), the map pack will contain what appear to be four multiplayer environments: Zoo, Convoy, Hotel, Stockpile and a zombie map dubbed "Call of the Dead."

Additionally, the promotional image contains language stating the map pack will debut first on Xbox Live like the First Strike pack before it. The GAME advertisement for the map pack did not offer a price. However, if the past serves as precedent, gamers can expect to pay $15 for the Escalation map pack.

Neither publisher Activision nor developer Treyarch has formally announced the expansion. And, as of press time, Activision and Treyarch have not responded to GameSpot's request for comment or clarification on the purported Escalation map pack.

For more on the title, check out GameSpot's review of Call of Duty: Black Ops.

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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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309 comments
vivendidoom
vivendidoom

@macartoon Because Americans are stubborn and brash. being different is what is the core of every American. Why fallow when we can be our own?

DeonBranch
DeonBranch

This game is a failure on many levels. If I had a dollar for every time I got dropped, froze, lost party members, spawn killed, stuck in loading screens, randomly put in the theater, I'd be a damn millionaire. Treyarch should admit failure and give every one 50% off the dlc. Or better yet make it free! But they won't because their greedy and they'll milk black ops for every freakin penny possible right up to the next cod. Which is why the last of the dlc's will come out conveniently close to the new cod release date... Fight the power everyone

xerxes40
xerxes40

Maybe I'm in the minority here, but doesn't anybody out there agree with me that the First Strike map pack was pretty awesome? I can't say the same for the MW2 packs, thought they blew, personally, was very skeptical to get First Strike because of that particular feeling. Bottom line: Any purchase has its risks. I am willing to risk another $15 for Escalation and will consider it worth it, if its even half as good as First Strike. As for those who complain about having to wait a bit for it to come out for the other consoles, remember, patience is a virtue. I believe it was Yoda who said that. Or was it Karl Marx? Either way don't trust communists.

unknowncake
unknowncake

another 15$ down the drain and hoping that it might be good

Kooken58
Kooken58

@wwefanatic2345 it IS activisions fault...like Mickyfinn84 said, treyarch just does what they are told...Look at what happened with IW, they were all fired because for one reason I hear is they wanted to do something different with MW3 or something different entirely but Activision couldnt have that so they fired a bunch of them and denied them their promised bonuses

mickyfinn84
mickyfinn84

@wwefanatic2345 It is Activision that does it, Treyarch just do what they're told. Anyway i'm not paying 1200msp for a zombie map, not this time. Not interested in the main online game anymore.

wwefanatic2345
wwefanatic2345

bought the first one,got laughed at by my mates for not having it first as i have a ps3,wont buy the second as im fed up with treyarch shipping this to the highest bidder first,release this on the same day for ps3 and stop the constant money grabbing madness.. this,of course,will not happen as treyarch will never stop untill they have all the worlds money

ferntfactor
ferntfactor

Jurassic85 i didn't say that, and happen to agree with you!

Evilnator
Evilnator

Didnt buy the first, will not buy this one.

Drakkengoth
Drakkengoth

better than those crap packs 343 industries has churned out 4 Reach... I'm buying just for the zombies map. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that dlc has been moulded into a colossal scam...

Jurassic85
Jurassic85

@ferntfactor I don't understand this. You are done with COD so you are gonna wait for Brink? That's fine if you don't wanna play COD, but don't act like a brand new franchise is automatically gonna be good. For all you know the makers of Brink could turn it into an annual franchise with 3-4 $15 map pack release. Or, the game could just suck period, in which case you wasted $60 on a game when you could have bought BO map packs.

XxSUPERSNAKExX
XxSUPERSNAKExX

@TheWarscent @monson21502 It's not because I'm a fanboy I love both systems, I'm just saying my experience with each console, the only games that I lag are multiplatform especially Black Ops, the rest play smoothly, that's why I think (for me, in my opinion, my experience) that paying for xbox live is a ripoff!

Kooken58
Kooken58

Remember back before CoD4 and activision when map packs and patches that released new maps were free??? Oh wait thats right, most of you didnt play PC and are willing to be ripped off....CoD franchise has really been in a pathetic state and alot of you will prolly still keep feeding them money until Bobby Kotick starts charging monthly for you to play the damn game, which im sure he will do given the chance. @frog154 its tanked on the PC because the PC players for the most part know a bad game/console port when they see one...I notice on Console, the players just follow the next fad or big popular game, play it for a year maybe then move on to the next....PC communities last a long time, many many years.

CyberKlown28
CyberKlown28

Treyarch is awesome. Launch is one of my favorite maps in any FPS ever. They listen to the kind suggestions the community makes and work hard on it. DICE on the other hand, for example, battlefield play4free... the whole community(BF community...eh...) whining that default weapons are too balanced with other weapons. Complaining about the game not being unbalanced, wtf! Then DICE listens to the crybabies and ruins the default guns, then makes the money guns superhaxors. Treyarch's balance with Black Ops is ridiculously awesome.

dre256x
dre256x

@ laplace985 Yup LOL

laplace985
laplace985

It seems Treyarch isn't affected by this bad economy. I should ditch my dead end job, learn game design, and go sell map packs for Treyarch

jeperty
jeperty

@TheWarscent @monson21502 I'm not going to say that one console is better than the rest. But I think what your saying about PSN being rubbish isn't right really. I have never crashed from a game and voice chat isn't that bad, you just can cross game chat. And I have a friend who recently got a PS3 and he thinks PS3 is better. But all consoles are outdated anyway. PC is the best for gaming

dre256x
dre256x

This too will sell like mad... They milk the Cod Series yes, but when you look @ the FPS games, there is only like 2 or 3 other titles worth playing other from CoD.. . Then as a Dev, how can you ignore the fact that your game is at the top of Xbox Live most played game for months on end, give the fans what the desire.. More Maps... As for the $15 price tag, reason i see them charging that much is because people are willing to shell out that much.. If Cod sells say 10mil copies and 4 mil person picks up the Map pack @ $15 a pop, Now that crazy... Activision has a reason to be milking it (The Fans Crave More, even if a majority of those fans are Teens). If they don't milk it, to investors they would seem like a fool and there stock shares would go down.. Its just the Harsh reality of how Business run.

monson21502
monson21502

@TheWarscent, i say the same thing and get called a liar and a fanboy... some people on here hate to hear the trueth.. mostly the people who wont gave any other system a chance that isnt a ps brand system :P

monson21502
monson21502

thats why i bought a 360 version and sold my ps3 version to a friend. by the time it was released on my ps3 the maps were a after thought. not really a big deal to ps3 only owners though

TheWarscent
TheWarscent

@XxSUPERSNAKExX I have both systems along with X-box live.There is no comparing the two.PSN is horrible.I dont mind paying for X-box Live becuase its a system that actually works.Games are much more stable online,voice chat is as good as it gets,and grouping is easy. PS3 voice chat is trash and most games crash online regularly.All the people i know that own both systems will tell you the same thing.However, i still like my PS3 and play often.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Since all the mess with the creators of Call of Duty Black Ops will be the last CoD game I buy. I may purchase this last map pack and get some good gaming sessions in then ween myself off and move on the other FPS.

TheWarscent
TheWarscent

To all those that say numbers dont lie....... I,like so many other thousands of people,,unfortunatly blindly purchased BlackOps only to discard it in a week or so.Sales numbers dont represent how good a game is.I doubt so many gamers will make that mistake agin with another COD title. In the meantime most of is can be found on BFBC2 servers playing a real game until BF3 comes out.

luke_717
luke_717

Please charge us by the bullet!

spocheld
spocheld

I love BO, played it almost everyday since it came out and still loving it. I bought the first map pack the morning it came out and I'll do the same thing with this one.

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

@demonkingx5, Its BattleField 3, not Bad Company 3, anyway I stopped buying COD games after Modern Warfare, I have borrowed the games since from friends just to play the SP campaign, the MP in these games never really caught on with me. Not saying its a bad game or anything, but I much prefer Battlefield for MP.

Soilworker1234
Soilworker1234

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Gruug
Gruug

I'm am done with CoD. Decided not to buy the last map pack...won't do this either. Gonna wait for BRINK.

ferntfactor
ferntfactor

nice. in. enjoying the First Strike pack. 15 bucks was fair, i think. i hope we get to use endangered species as "human" shields in zoo! (kidding)

zombieshot115
zombieshot115

this sounds awesome! also that call of the dead sounds interesting, my opinion

frog154
frog154

Black Ops has tanked on the PC, so many empty servers now but you'll keep seeing expansions due to it's success on consoles

giantming
giantming

I can't buy this, I'll get bullied in it

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

Call of Duty is DEAD no dedicated severs = home front socom 4 battle field bad company 3 owning you in sells the sheeps will soon open their eye & start to lead their way from Call of Duty to other games with dedicated severs. become a DOG not a sheep my fellow gamers

caketoo
caketoo

This is all stuff that should be on the disc. DLC is just a shameless business tool for developers to milk dry the gulliable fan base of a game. Its these greedy and uncreative developers that have turned this gen of gaming into the worst ever.

Paskiewicz
Paskiewicz

Another map pack for Black Ops? Yeah, that's awesome!

battlefrontphil
battlefrontphil

@MURDERAH If you can't admit that Black Ops is plagued by technical issues and is a subpar game, then you are just being a blind fanboy. The people you hear complaining are the ones who are able to see past the ridiculous hype surrounding the series. And the numbers mean nothing. How many people bought Blops without knowing what it was on the recommendation of a friend? A TON.

jnw93
jnw93

@sleepnsurf best shooting mechanics this gen? i dont think so id say 1 of the worst the hit detection is nasty so how does that work. & i dint get the 1st maps so u can forget these there other priced 3 maps 1zombie get real

MURDERAH
MURDERAH

Tissues for the whiners.

MURDERAH
MURDERAH

LOL @ people complaining about 15 dollars. How does it feel to be you?

pudgexd
pudgexd

Play CoD daily for long hours? Probably worth it , if not don't get the map packs unless you are filthy rich.

MURDERAH
MURDERAH

Watch all the haters come out of the wood work, to hate on a game they don't like. LOL. You mad that COD runs the video game world? men/women lie numbers don't.

VodkaDranker
VodkaDranker

Nope, not this time either. Last map pack i bought for a COD game was the "Stimulus Package" for MW2. Three days later, i hated myself for buying so little, for so much. It was lackluster at best. You didnt get me with "Resurgence", but for some wierd reason i bought Black Ops. Played it for a week, havent touched it since, and i dont think im going to play it again. Sorry Activision, you milked way way WAY too much. Now im going to sit back, and watch some more BF3 Faultline, and laugh at how stupidly bad and over milked the COD franchise has gotten. See you on the Battlefield..

hugonne
hugonne

Too many lovers, too many haters. The maps are indeed expensive. Just hope the new zombies will kick ass to make my purchase worth it.

Majkic666
Majkic666

MONEY MONEY MONEY.... Thats the only thing they can think about

sickgamer42
sickgamer42

I'll probably buy it, and hopefully its alot better than the first pack...