Call of Duty: Black Ops Rezurrection DLC dropping August 23

New zombie-themed add-on confirmed for release on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC this fall; publisher says Treyarch shooter has surpassed Modern Warfare 2 with 25 million copies sold.

Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops is still going strong, but that's not stopping the publisher from trying to breathe new life into the Cold War-era shooter. In announcing its financial results today, Activision said it expects that the next Call of Duty: Black Ops content pack will go live for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC versions of the game sometime before September 30.

Zombies invade the moon in the next DLC.

While Activision referred to the DLC as "Resurrection" in its financial report, the publisher's social media manager, Dan Amrich, is calling it the "Rezurrection" pack. As for the content, the $15 add-on drops on August 23 on Xbox Live and includes five levels for the game's Zombie mode as well as a 20-song Zombies soundtrack and a Moon Xbox 360 theme.

The first four maps (Nacht der Untoten, Verruckt, Shi No Numa, and Der Riese) are remakes of the environments from Call of Duty: World at War, the game that first introduced zombies. The fifth map--Moon--is entirely new and takes place in outer space, on the moon.

The four upgraded World at War maps won't be new to all gamers. These maps were included with the Hardened and Prestige iterations of Call of Duty: Black Ops. Owners of these top-tier editions can download the Rezurrection pack for free on August 23 to get the Moon map, soundtrack, and theme.

The publisher also elaborated further on the series. According to the publisher, Black Ops was the best-selling title in the US and Europe for the first six months of 2011, with players logging a cumulative 2.2 billion hours of online action in the game.

In a postearnings conference call, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said the company had already sold more than 14 million add-on packs for Black Ops. He also compared the game to microtransaction-driven titles on Facebook, saying Call of Duty sees more daily unique players and has higher average revenues per player than any title on the social network.

Hirshberg also updated the lifetime-to-date sales for Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2. Black Ops has now sold 25 million copies since its November debut last year, surpassing its predecessor's lifetime total of 22 million units sold.

The series is also trending upward, as Activision said the total number of unique online gamers in Black Ops' first eight months has surpassed that of its predecessor, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, by 30 percent. The next installment in the series could be even more successful, as Activision said that preorders for this November's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are significantly higher now than they were for Black Ops at the comparable point in that game's development. Finally, the publisher confirmed that it is still working on bringing a microtransaction-driven installment in the Call of Duty franchise to gamers in China.

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

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alex-willoz
alex-willoz

Whens it out on PS3damn it!!?!?! Yes Xbox gets it earlier but they could at least do the curtosy of telling us when its out on the other platforms....

swordmaker34
swordmaker34

it seem awesome .i totaly cant wait until it comes out

smoke_dog_4ever
smoke_dog_4ever

@CrossChecked Go back and reread my comment. Of course I got those four maps for free with my edition of the game but that's not what I'm talking about. What I'm referring to is the fact all my friends got the regular edition of Black Ops which means I have been unable to enjoy those maps with my friends for almost a year. Sure I've had the four original maps all this time, but like I said, none of my friends bothered getting any edition other than standard, so I haven't played them. This map pack should have been released months ago when it could have been better utilized by everyone instead of now when my friends and I (and other people) are already moving on to other games.

lithus
lithus

@reyace: I find that most people who have a passionate hatred for anything Call of Duty completely suck at it. Is that always the case? No, but it's typical.................................................................................................. @parrot_of_adun: I'll give you that the map packs are limited. After all, we're paying 1200 MS points for a mere 4 MP maps and ONE zombie map. You'd think for all that money they'd throw in a new perk or an extra weapon or two. But to just say its just "scenary" is a dismissive and lazy statement at best. I'd love to know just two things. What do you think they should do to make CoD better and what online multiplayer game do you consider the antithesis (better opposite) of CoD and why?

kickblocker
kickblocker

this is good. i actually never played WaW zombies, other than Nacht der Untoten maybe 2 times. never got any map packs or anything for WaW

littlejordan23
littlejordan23

dude if u dont like black ops dlc why are u trolling on the page? this dlc is totally worth it 4 great WaW maps with black ops guns, an all new map on the moon, a soundtrack of the zombies songs and a theme. im sold and will be playing this until skyrim comes out

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

Well, at least I'm getting it for free for having the Hardened Edition. Still sucks though, MW3 is 2 months away and they're shoveling out DLC, recycled too.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

im tired of cod at the moment, there are too many amazing games i want such as skyrim, rage, deus ex, forza 4 ect. i have spent too much on cod already to spend any money on dlc...it will be a hard decision whether to get mw3 this year, most of my friends will get it, but i not sure if its worth it. and cod in china wtf???

pH347m3
pH347m3

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parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@lithus No, with decent success I played until lvl 50 (or whatever the max was... can't remember). Unless the map packs introduced any particularly brilliant maps for sniping, the packs are relatively worthless. More of the same types of environments (scenery aside) doesn't add any replay value, especially when those environments are so miserably limited.

TigerRifle1
TigerRifle1

How do they define "unique online gamers?" And how do they know I'm playing Black Ops with my hands tied behind my back, facing away from the screen, all while a circus monkey impersonating me speaks over my mic and talks trash to 11 year camping noobs.

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

So your saying that if you had one of the editions of the game that came with the game and you want the Moon map, you have to spend 15 bucks to get it.....thats a ripoff sorry.

necronomicon_02
necronomicon_02

What if they make a DLC Zombie stage where the place is the main building of Treyarch and kill those people and leave them as Crawlers that would be worth of buying.

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

I went back to WAW and I played the first map, I really liked how simple it is now. Unfortunatly all that is really on there now are seven year olds looking for glitches >X(

BxBadBoy69
BxBadBoy69

I sick of hearing map pack crap for Black ops every few weeks.....grrr

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

See this is why I avoided Black Ops, I saw this coming by a mile. 4 map pack DLC's in 10 months? REALLY? Such exploitation it's sickening .... My heart goes out to those brave soldiers who attempted to ride out the wave by waiting until the first of the Black Ops DLC's goes free download. It's probably impossible for them to connect and find matches online with all these pay to play maps in the database...

hardcoreLazors
hardcoreLazors

Well another DLC. I feel sorry for PC and PS3 gamers that they get their DLC so late ( even I kinda hate this game ) 1 month later. It's just been a couple of weeks on PSN and PC and already another one drops in....

pH347m3
pH347m3

Perfect, because this game was lacking in DLC.

stevie456
stevie456

So if you wanted to buy all the DLC for this game, it would cost $60. That's as much as a brand new game. AND IT'S A BUNCH OF @#$%!@# MAPS.

max_1111
max_1111

Anybody else remember when DLC was free and you actually got a pretty good chunk of stuff rather than a bunch of rehashed crap?

jm3811
jm3811

The story mode was ridiculous and ugly. They should have apologized for this crap and offered the DLC's.

reyace
reyace

@lithus: i completely agree with him. and i have played alot of multiplayer and i succeed onto the top leaderboards of black ops multiplayer so i think that really does not matter now does it?

B4NTH4F0DD3R
B4NTH4F0DD3R

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lithus
lithus

@parrot_of_adun: useless slew of MP stuff? Something tells me you don't even play online MP...or atleast you tried and failed.

thorwolfe
thorwolfe

15$ for 1 new zombie map and 4 copy/paste maps (2 of which weren't any good). Sad thing is people will still pay for this.

DemonWarriors
DemonWarriors

Well any of the mp be free. Because why buy a map pack when in the next 2months there would be another one coming out. "Also does any one want to give me mp. Please and thank-you"

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Well, at least it's 5 zombies maps, rather than a useless slew of MP stuff.

Roidz87
Roidz87

The problem with implementing new map packs, in my opinion, is if the game developers go the route in which they make it entirely necessary to own the map packs to play ranked matches. So, even if you don't purchase the maps or have no intention of doing so, you are essentially strong-armed into buying them because your favorite playlist may not be available without the maps. Lame!

dstv
dstv

so by extrapolation is it safe to assume that MW3 will have no less than 6 map packs during its 12 month shelf life?

Aramantha
Aramantha

Could have something to do with Reznov = Rezurrection

megakick
megakick

I don't like Activision, they ruined Diablo 3! Never like COD much anyway.

blairstheman
blairstheman

ads_legend, your saying you do the same thing over and over again in zombies? In multiplayer, you do the same thing over and over again. your really saying you just dont like zombies, so keep to yourself. lots of people like zombies, just like lots of people like multiplayer, and you do the same thing over in both.

lithus
lithus

So lemme get this straight...they are going to charge us ANOTHER $15 for zombie maps we already had in World at War??? And there wont be any new multiplayer maps??? Wow, Screwwwed!

DarthTall
DarthTall

Whine all you want, haters. Come August 23rd, I'll be having a blast playing my new free Zombie map.

reyace
reyace

@Oddthing7: very much true.. unforgivably...

reyace
reyace

@anik786:yeah and you could do so much more with 54.96 dollars to spend with the three map packs and the 4th one coming out too...

mememms
mememms

First Stike, Escalation, Annihilation, and now Rezurrection? F.E.A.R. ?

guildclaws
guildclaws

Not going to buy it, 15$ is still too expensive for 5 maps

domot123
domot123

I'm not falling for it Treyarch, I hate COD BO zombies anyway.

Goods_Merchant
Goods_Merchant

It's about time they gave gamers what they actually wanted. We've been waiting for DLC that is just zombies for a while now. Too bad the price will still stay the same, and us PS3 gamers still have to wait another 2 months :(

luneth77
luneth77

Yes!!! This is the first Black Ops map pack that I think will be completely worth it, I've been wishing for an all-zombies map pack but never thought it would happen. Although 4 of the maps are just the WaW remakes, I've been wanting to play those as well since I never had WaW.

ads_legend
ads_legend

No matter what they change it zombie maps you always do the same thing over and over again.

nissanmaxima
nissanmaxima

Well, I have not bought any DLC for this game. However, I do have the Hardened Edition, so I guess this will be free for me. Only way I would get it.

Oddthing7
Oddthing7

reyace, the day cod dlc becomes free is the day activision care for something that isnt money

Septillize
Septillize

this is great because i never had world at war, and now all i play on black ops is zombies!!!

anik786
anik786

I'm kinda getting fed up of all the people complaining about there is too many new map packs and they are getting greedy. if u don't like it, don't buy it. simple as that!

necronomicon_02
necronomicon_02

I love the game but this is way too much. Taking advantage to all us gamer's.

reyace
reyace

O and Treyarch is GREEDY. Unbelievable on how they take people's money away in a matter of seconds once a new map pack comes out. If Treyarch made at least the next few map packs for free,then i might consider playing this game again....

reyace
reyace

Battlefield is wayyyy better then this. I just tried it out a couple days ago and now i am hooked...so yeah. Not that i am comparing because loads of people have different thoughts on Call of Duty and Battlefield,plus freedom of speech, i just like the enviroment and feel of Battlefield,plus it is less congested unlike COD where most maps are small compared to the ones in battlefield and such.... So if anyone asks what series is good for multiplayer...it would technically be both. But from my perspective, it would most likely be Battlefield.