Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation DLC due May 3

Microsoft officially confirms previously outed downloadable content for Activision's wildly popular shooter; will debut on Xbox Live first.

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Today, Microsoft and Activision made official what a retailer leaked last week. The second Call of Duty: Black Ops downloadable content pack will be called Escalation and will debut on Xbox Live on May 3. No date was given for the pack's premiere on the PC or PlayStation Network. Also, no price was announced, although it will likely cost 1,200 Microsoft points ($15) like its predecessor, First Strike.

Black Ops' second DLC pack will debut on Xbox Live on May 3.
Black Ops' second DLC pack will debut on Xbox Live on May 3.

As indicated by the retailer leak, the DLC will include four multiplayer maps: Hotel, set "on the roof of a Cuban luxury hotel and casino against the vivid backdrop of old Havana"; Convoy, which offers up "intense, close-quarters combat at the scene of an ambushed US military convoy"; 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.

Also included in the Escalation pack is a new level for Black Ops' zombie mode. Today's announcement gave no details on the mode, other than that it will provide a "unique Zombies experience." However, the previous retailer leak referred to the level as "Call of the Dead."

Call of Duty: Black Ops is the best-selling game in US history, having sold nearly 14 million units since it launched last December. Set during the Cold War, it portrays various covert military missions in such global hotspots as Cuba, Vietnam, and the former Soviet Union. For more on the title, check out GameSpot's full review.

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