New COD2 maps to ambush XBL

Quintet of new battlegrounds confirmed for release this Thursday; Invasion Map Pack will cost gamers 800 Marketplace points ($10).

Call of Duty 2 has been the top Xbox 360 game played over Xbox Live since it was released on launch day last November. One of the reasons the game has sat atop the most-played list is the fact that Activision and developer Infinity Ward have released two small map packs, adding four new battlegrounds to the ones included in the retail release of the game.

A post on the blog of Infinity Ward community manager Robert Bowling, who goes by the handle of Four Zero Two, indicates that Xbox Live gamers will have five more reasons to keep answering the game's online call of duty. Bowling got a head start on Activision's PR machine by announcing that the Invasion Map Pack, which includes five new maps, will be released this Thursday over Xbox Live.

The pack will cost 800 Marketplace points ($10), twice as much as the two-map Skirmish Map Pack. Bowling reports that the price was knocked down from its original price tag of 900 Marketplace points ($11.25).

The maps included in the Invasion Map Pack are:

Antoville, France (Crossroads)
St. Louet, France (Newvillers)
Amaye sur Seulles, France (Normandy)
Alam Halfa, Egypt (Decoytown)
Rostov, Russia (Harbor)

Call of Duty 2 is rated T for Teen. The Call of Duty 2: Game of the Year Edition is currently available for $59.99. For more on the game, read GameSpot's full review.

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merriJ
merriJ

They should learn the practice of underpromising and overdelivering. Tell us Fri and then put it out on Thurs.

Nedemis
Nedemis

i just want to know where these dang maps are....it's almost 1:30pm here (thursday) and still no maps on the marketplace....:(

DesmondPills
DesmondPills

here are some tissues for everyone thats crying about $12.00. inevitably you either get over the cost for downloadable content or you dont download. $12.00 for 5 multiplayer maps for the 360's best shooter. its not like your getting the same maps placed at a different time of day(GRAW) which makes up part of the downloadable content pack. give it a rest.

angrychair1123
angrychair1123

I think it's assinine to charge $10.00 for 5 extra maps....Some people did pay $59.99 + tax for the game, on top of the last maps released was another $5.00...and now they want another $10.00 for 5 maps!!! That's a rip...In reality it costs about $80.00 to have COD2 if you want to play it online.

iamqballd
iamqballd

love the game,anything worth while is going to cost you something so again I say" Stop Global Whining

Shadowedhalo
Shadowedhalo

I wld get it but tht game is full of noobs tht only use tht sniper (retarted 1 shot kill no skill hold breath ) rifle

cajunXLVII
cajunXLVII

" Manatassi All the people going on about the PC getting free maps when console owners have to pay may want to watch out on that one. Bethesda already started charging and this could go one of two ways. Companies want to make money and the charging for extra content on marketplace is making them a hell of alot of money so they will simply start charging on the PC but due to the PC's nature and the difficulty of controlling this theres a good posibility they will simply be more inclined to release games on consoles as they can make more money, we are already seeing the fruits of this happening. Look at the games that are coming out on the 360 they are already leaning toward the kinds of experiences that PCs have always had a tendancy for. The fact of the matter is a company can release its game into an easily controlled environment that they can make alot more money from. Also the 360 has the potential to have a mouse runing it already has Keyboard compatability and with the release of larger hard drives and compatibility with windows there is the potential for user created content. Then theres the PS3 which is leaning even more heavily into PC teretory with its capabilities, there is an obvious and gradual shift towards creating games centric PCs rather than the traditional market of consoles. Personaly I think this might work out well for the majority of gamers aswell as games producers. If you think about it they are making an afordable format that only needs updated every 5 years this means that gamers wont need to shell out hundreds of $ a year to keep up with the latest software and that the software is easier to produce to a higher standard as the developers are not having to incorporate coding that can be used my many diferent hardware setups this takes up alot of time and money on development of PC games. Gamers who dont have the budget to afford a high spec PC will have on offer a machine that can produce high quality graphics and will not be lumbered with a dissadvantage when it comes to the online gaming environment. It also allows for a more controlled online experiene and for more family freindly gaming areas as XBL has set out the guidelines for this. These are all just posibilities but highly valid ones that I am sure are being considered by the people developing and publishing games. " bla bla bla bla......

lardmister
lardmister

What a rip off. Its one single map. How hard can it be to make. Although i love xbox live i do get the feeling that alot of things are very expensive for example a retro game that was released over 10 years ago is available for about 10 dollars or 8 pounds. What a joke. You could go out and buy it for about 1 to 2 dollars. I bet its making a bundle with all this content

paulwrath
paulwrath

Is the PC version going to see any of these maps?

trj156
trj156

good, i only have 800 points left on my account.

ReyWing
ReyWing

i never play this online cuz 1) it doesnt let more than one person per TV play on live and 2) only 8 max on live ... sad indeed

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

More proof on how Xbox Live rules! Go MS!

Manatassi
Manatassi

All the people going on about the PC getting free maps when console owners have to pay may want to watch out on that one. Bethesda already started charging and this could go one of two ways. Companies want to make money and the charging for extra content on marketplace is making them a hell of alot of money so they will simply start charging on the PC but due to the PC's nature and the difficulty of controlling this theres a good posibility they will simply be more inclined to release games on consoles as they can make more money, we are already seeing the fruits of this happening. Look at the games that are coming out on the 360 they are already leaning toward the kinds of experiences that PCs have always had a tendancy for. The fact of the matter is a company can release its game into an easily controlled environment that they can make alot more money from. Also the 360 has the potential to have a mouse runing it already has Keyboard compatability and with the release of larger hard drives and compatibility with windows there is the potential for user created content. Then theres the PS3 which is leaning even more heavily into PC teretory with its capabilities, there is an obvious and gradual shift towards creating games centric PCs rather than the traditional market of consoles. Personaly I think this might work out well for the majority of gamers aswell as games producers. If you think about it they are making an afordable format that only needs updated every 5 years this means that gamers wont need to shell out hundreds of $ a year to keep up with the latest software and that the software is easier to produce to a higher standard as the developers are not having to incorporate coding that can be used my many diferent hardware setups this takes up alot of time and money on development of PC games. Gamers who dont have the budget to afford a high spec PC will have on offer a machine that can produce high quality graphics and will not be lumbered with a dissadvantage when it comes to the online gaming environment. It also allows for a more controlled online experiene and for more family freindly gaming areas as XBL has set out the guidelines for this. These are all just posibilities but highly valid ones that I am sure are being considered by the people developing and publishing games.

rynmls
rynmls

do you really need to buy those maps just to play a different map in COD2?

AlexJ-
AlexJ-

Seems worth it...now.

TheFlamingNinja
TheFlamingNinja

They don't go on sale... LOL I can't wait... I have a job so I can afford this... I can't say the same for some of you lazy kidz... :)

daqua_99
daqua_99

I think that it is great that additiions become the norm ... even if it does cost us a little more, it extends the life of the game!

Chaos_Man
Chaos_Man

I don't see why people are complaining. So what if you have to pay for a few maps? Don't pay for them, no one is twisting your leg to do so. It's just a few maps! I'm willing to pay for them because I play CoD2 a lot. For those of you thinking the maps will be free...forget about it. If thats not a good enough responce then think about it this way. If you liked CoD2 and you purchase these new maps you are supporting the company. With that extra money they can open their budget and make games better. Sure it sucks you have to pay a little more but It's only $10, almost everyone can afford that if they want to.

cajunXLVII
cajunXLVII

scam. they make a game, sell it for overpriced $60, hold back content, then sell it on live. games are gonna be $100 soon. medium range pc gaming is cheaper with tons of free content. i must have 50 great fan made cod:uo maps. and wtf is with patches with 360? ITS A CONSOLE. they can't make it right the first time?

Karjah
Karjah

wow anyone else see greed here. Glad I"m a pc gamer we never have to deal with this garbage.

broly21
broly21

At that price it should be a good map.

jralvarez
jralvarez

Good thing i don't own a Xbox 360.

BigGhostrider
BigGhostrider

That's how they get ya, they tell you it used to be a higher price to make you think yer getting a bargain...

moocow21
moocow21

This is why I HATE the marketplace... it's just a huge opportunity for devs to make you PAY for extra maps... ridiculous.

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

Hopefully Microsoft (and Sony) comes up with a policy that says a game must be patched before it can have any downloadable content for sale. That will get the developers' priorities straight (hopefully).

bison_tuesday
bison_tuesday

I would not have a problem forking out for new game content for a game that was well put together in the first place. In the case of COD2 and the GRAW map packs, I will be waiting until the core game is patched (online matchmaking more stable, bugs cleaned up etc) before I fork out more cash. If this does not happen then my marketplace points are safe...

Brotherbraak
Brotherbraak

I don't care about the money, I just want a 360

ZosoFan
ZosoFan

I crap 800 microsoft points :)

hi_im_derek
hi_im_derek

Crap I only have 610 points left! I need to buy some more.

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

Great system for developers. Step 1- Make a game. Step 2- Remove a few maps, features, whatever. Step 3- Release game. Step 4- Try to pass off their removed material as "extra downloadable content" for even more money a few months later. Step 5- Watch all the suckers pay up.

00ooPolarisoo00
00ooPolarisoo00

i really really support further content for games but i think stuff should be separate. for example GRAW should separate their maps for purchase either individualy or in pairs and COD2 should do the same here. so dont have bundles, divide them and let the customer pick what he wants dropping the price. this wont hurt the company if they make good stuff. its win-win

gamer_10001
gamer_10001

$10...$10!!! I'm not paying that much for just 5 new maps.

possumwrangler
possumwrangler

For as much as I play COD2, I don't think that another $10 is a big deal - I've already spent way more than 800 hours on it, altogether I'll have spent $75 after I get these map packs. Less than 10 cents an hour is pretty reasonable compared to the value you get out of other games. It sucks that you have to pay period, but if you're willing to put any time into the game you can't complain about the value.

den1233
den1233

the price is worth the hours of playing time.

x-wing20
x-wing20

oh common it's buy four get 1 free thats not so bad

PiNoYPrOjEcT
PiNoYPrOjEcT

hardcore gamers may be able to afford 'em now.. but the average gamer wouldn't..

KontaktII
KontaktII

Ummm...I haven't even gotten the first set of new maps. I won't get the second unless I get a positive answer to my question, which is: Have they even bothered to patch the game so that the phantom moments of slowdown and the boots to the main menu are WAY less frequent/completely gone? This is the only reason I don't even touch the game. It was good fun, if I could ever get a complete round in. I haven't been back to it, as I was not going to play until a patch was released.

gertish
gertish

Glad I don't play online.

Squall910
Squall910

Awesome I dont really care about the price as long as these maps are GEEEREAT hope that some of these maps are huge.

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

More maps sweet - missions in these maps would be nice with additional achievement points to be gained as an incentive.

jmahartley
jmahartley

I will be there that morning downloading...... I have points left from when I had to download GRAW maps.... Yeah for me!!!!!!!!! I love COD2...

Kruza
Kruza

Trev, user made maps suck. They're set up for person to win that made em'.

Imallvol7
Imallvol7

we need to stop this before it gets out of hand, they are getting way to full of themselves. Next thing you know map packs will be as much as teh game.

Kenzo287
Kenzo287

CoD on Wii will hopefully be free so I wont have to pay but I'll get them if I get a 360.