Trejo, Gellar, more star in Black Ops Escalation DLC

Machete actor and Buffy joined by Robert Englund, Michael Rooker, George A. Romero in Call of Duty's horror-themed Call of the Dead add-on.

Activision revealed plans to bring Escalation to Call of Duty: Black Ops' online experience earlier this month, saying the downloadable add-on would feature four new maps and a mode called "Call of the Dead." The publisher has since been mysterious about what gamers can expect from the zombie-themed mode, and the reason for that secrecy is apparently because it contains a big surprise.

Today, Activision shined a light on the Call of the Dead mode, revealing that it will feature a storyline inspired by famed horror director George A. Romero. As seen in a trailer for Call of the Dead (below), the zombie-slaughtering co-op level features a '70s movie aesthetic that sees the four action stars fending off hordes of zombies on and around a ghost ship.

Trejo and Rooker know a thing or two about mutilating zombies.

Dipping into the game's sizable budget, Activision and Treyarch have pulled out the stops with Call of the Dead's presentation, saying that action stars Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead), Danny Trejo (Machete), and Romero (Night of the Living Dead) himself have lent their voices and likenesses for use in the mode.

As with other Call of Duty map packs, the Escalation add-on will debut on Xbox Live, arriving for Microsoft's platform on May 3. Activision has not yet announced when the DLC will be released for other platforms.

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

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the_jimster_1
the_jimster_1

thats looks f***ing awesome haha, i cant to have ago on it :) :).............. i like the storyline idea.

DeathsWhisper03
DeathsWhisper03

This makes me want to reconnect my 360!...and i will oh i whill haha

chadmw8
chadmw8

Treyarch, I love you!

KopyKat000
KopyKat000

Robert Englund is the man!!! This looks interesting...

clintbrew
clintbrew

i hope they do zombies in space next with characters from scif shows like firefly, Firefly members Mal, Jayne, Zoe and River also buffy did take on zombies in BTVS

Kooken58
Kooken58

remember when new maps were free? Well They are for some games (Team fortress) But activision is all for ripping people off...and the kids are willing to throw their parents money at them...Wish there was more good fps's out there like team fortress that gets updated almost every 2 weeks with content and custom maps... @tapout03 why is it that almost every PC game (even when brand new) is about 40 bucks, or 50 at highest...BUT a typical Activision/ COD game is 60 bucks for PC....Only publisher I know of that charges more for their games.

DEATH775
DEATH775

Robert and Trejo is awesome, I'm sold

DamacosG
DamacosG

omfg buffy, i think i just **** in my pants......

mtait01
mtait01

@tapout03 you can get Reach pretty cheap now... here in England I saw it yesterday for 11 pounds... on ebay anyway lol In shops its around 15-20 pounds

Apocolypse_Cow
Apocolypse_Cow

This is beyond badass. This takes badass to an elevated plane of existence.

DoomRider13
DoomRider13

I like so much Trejo "machete" style!! I'm gonna play this DLC with friends for while!!

slipknotmaggot1
slipknotmaggot1

@mrzero, if that is true, no one would still be playing World at War, or Modern Warfare.. people will stick with any game as long as they are good at it or enjoy it. activision didn't make the game either, treyarch did. they make good games, and that's why we buy them. i would pick call of duty over battlefield any day because they do FPS the best!

MrBlobz
MrBlobz

any news on what the gun at 1:37 is?

tapout03
tapout03

especially when the dlc for reach is $10

tapout03
tapout03

@ marky360 i highly doubt reach is 15 dollars the lowest ive seen reach is 40

tapout03
tapout03

@mrzero1982pt2 yes but cod is in higher demand then battlefield is and that is why the price is so high activision has nothing to do with the price if walmart, gamestop, etc sees that the demand is lower then the price will go down on the game trust me ive worked in retail for 6 years... and you learn this in economic class in grade school too.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

@tapout03 not really. battlefield bad company came out nearly a year and a half ago, and there is a copy with all of the dlc AND another full game for the price of nearly 2 call of duty map packs. activision just knows people will buy if it has "call of duty" or "zombies" on it. heck, i bring jordan shoes into the equation again. when was the last time you saw a pair of jordans under 100 bucks? there are like a few HUNDRED variations of jordans and none of them have EVER come under 100 bucks. try again. activision milks games, then comes up with something else super expensive to add on to it to make you buy it. some folks have not, and i refuse to buy another call of duty game. plus, why talk about this when we all know another call of duty is coming out?!?!!? i mean, SERIOUSLY? come november, no one will care about this!

AIRWALKTDK666
AIRWALKTDK666

p.s. how much teabagging is a downed Sarah michelle gellar going to get?

Blitzkrieg63
Blitzkrieg63

This looks cool but besides Freddy (Robert Englund) there could of been a more bad A bunch of people for the characters... For example the other three could be Jason, Leatherface, and Pinhead. Not that I think Pinhead is cool but still. Then the new bowie knife/sickle could be a machete... or mabe... a chainsaw?

clambo420
clambo420

this could be fun, even though they forgot bruce campbell

helldude90
helldude90

The trailer reminds of grind house.

bumbum1991
bumbum1991

At least they know how to make changes.I think it's cool anyway.

Shardz7
Shardz7

Now there's a lineup that inspires fear; Buffy, Machete, Freddy and Kotlick.

biagio55
biagio55

for anyone who says this needs to be its own franchise... there are a few zombie games out there that have tis formula for example L4D2 so go buy one of them

sambob530
sambob530

@OmegkaX9 don't even get me started on THQ and EA's "pay for online" services...

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

I don't like COD. But that is a pretty nice line up of voice actors right there.

VW_MKIII
VW_MKIII

This could be EPIC!!! Do I hear a new franchise on the horizon?

OmegkaX9
OmegkaX9

@wedran123 an normal map pack for halo costs 10 dollars for 3 maps which is around 3.33$ per map. the black ops map pack has 5 maps and costs 15$ which is 3$ per map. its really hard to see how activision is being "greedy" or at least how its being more greedy then other companies (with regards to map packs)

pycho22solid
pycho22solid

@Cwagmire21 100% agree, this looks great...too bad they are forcing me to buy 4 pretty "meh" multi-player maps too. Wish Activision could sell zombie maps individually...

02050muh
02050muh

7.5 mil gamers can't buy this...screw u activision! :p

MasterTheHero
MasterTheHero

All right, is this Call of Duty or Left 4 Dead?

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Actually kind of intriguing. I had the biggest crush on Gellar back in the day, before she was defeated by the demon known as 'Anorexia.' Nice to see a spin on the COD formula.

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

Why does this trailer look good? Because it's the first time in 4 years that the CoD formula has changed! *gasp* C'mon Activision, people want stuff a little different (like this) rather than 4 games in a row that are the same game reskinned...

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Ha! That's a great trailer and kudos to Treyarch for pulling it off. I ain't buying it but good job on channeling Robert Rodriguez channeling 70's grindhouse. Watching that trailer was better then the movie I watched last night.

bulldog49
bulldog49

Oh my god! This is the same voice over actor and intro that was used for Grindhouse and other stuff that Robert Rodriguez and Tarantino have done. Fantastic, this is how you take zombie mode and make it fresher

Nate_
Nate_

we want this on psn

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

@wedran123 Fallout New Vegas is $40 on XBL not 20, i quit CoD but i do think 4 maps + zombie story mode is worth the 15, even tho i dont have it anymore.

dubel_07
dubel_07

Boy do I hate Call of Duty but DAMN do I love Danny Trejo

adrdeju
adrdeju

Been holding out on buying Black Ops but it looks like that will change soon.

wedran123
wedran123

LIKE WE GIVE A DAMN.....call of duty is an overrated piece of dung and Smeagol is less greedy than activision...i mean a DLC with 5 maps cost 15$ but you can buy halo 3 or Fallout new vegas on Xbox live marketplace for 20$

howie1926
howie1926

I don't care if Jesus is in it. I am not wasting another $15 dollars on sub-par mulitiplayer maps and ONE zombie map. I'll stick with Crysis 2 and GOW3 Beta

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

@ pokecharm She did for the first one, but not the second.