New Black Ops II DLC turns the tables on zombies

The first batch of DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops II is hitting Xbox 360 by the end of the month, bringing four new multiplayer maps, a new weapon and the element that every CoD title requires: Zombies.

Map-wise, we’re looking at Hydro, a hydroelectric dam in Pakistan; Grind, set amongst a massive skate park in Venice Beach (that’s in California, not Italy); Downhill, on the ski slopes of the French Alps (complete with gondolas and a lodge); and Mirage, which brings a blend of long-range and close-quarters combat to the Gobi Desert after it has been devastated by a sandstorm.

In terms of weaponry, we’re given the brand new Peacemaker SMG, which packs its own set of weapon challenges for extra XP.

Treyarch Studio Head Mark Lamia explains:

With Black Ops II, the team set out to challenge assumptions about what fans should expect from Call of Duty, and there’s no exception with Revolution. It starts with the massive amount of content that Revolution offers: four distinct multiplayer maps, an entirely new Zombies map and new Zombies mode, and a new bonus weapon. But quantity is just the start — it’s the variety of new gameplay options in Revolution that sets it apart, making it our most compelling DLC offering to date, and a must-play experience for Call of Duty fans.

And then, the undead. Die Rise is an all-new zombie map, set in an obliterated Chinese city, in and around collapsed skyscrapers. You’re given powerful, upgradable Wonder Weaponry, as well as the ability to build new devices to fight the undead army. If you’re getting sick of the seemingly unending waves of zombie-themed content, Treyarch has a twist: A new gameplay mode known as Turned will give you the opportunity to play as the lurching masses.

Revolution is coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops II on all the usual platforms, but it’s hitting Xbox 360 first, for 1200 Microsoft Points (or as an inclusion in the Black Ops II Season Pass). Expect it there on January 29th, with other platforms to follow later, with prices yet to be announced.

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