Call of Duty: Black Ops 'Escalation' DLC trailer and screens uncovered

Treyarch has released the first screens and a 'behind-the-scenes' trailer featuring the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops map pack, dubbed "Escalation."


Though Activision and Treyarch had already confirmed the existence of the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops map pack dubbed "Escalation," gamers have yet to take a look at the new locales. Today, the developer has sent over a detailed first-look at the content.

When Escalation launches on May 3--exclusively for the Xbox 360, and then later for the PC and PS3--it will feature four competitive maps: Zoo, Hotel, Convoy, and Stockpile. Escalation also includes one Zombie Mode-specific map, named Call of the Dead. A price for the content has not been announced.

The four new competitive maps seem to have a much stronger focus on the era featured in Black Ops. There's a distinct "cold war era" vibe to the maps, and the stories behind their design.

According to the "behind-the-scenes" video released along with the healthy crop of screenshots for the content, Treyarch's design for the new maps was influenced by vocal fans looking for "a wider range of exchange distances." Basically, it sounds like a sniper's dream and my worst nightmare.

A date for the PC and PS3 release of the Escalation Map Pack has not been revealed. If the previous DLC release schedule is any indication, PS3 and PC users will have to wait at least a month before they get to join in on the fun.

Xav de Matos was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    April 19, 2011 10:15 AM

    Comment on Call of Duty: Black Ops 'Escalation' DLC trailer and screens uncovered, by Xav de Matos.

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      April 19, 2011 10:26 AM

      Summary: First screens and trailer for the upcoming DLC "Escalation" for Call of Duty: Black Ops.

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      April 19, 2011 10:35 AM

      So, considering they just gave us the first map pack, PC users should get this around end of summer? Treyarch, ust give us the SDK or fuck off.

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        April 19, 2011 11:13 AM

        In which case I'll wait for BF3. ;)

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      April 19, 2011 10:58 AM


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        April 19, 2011 3:49 PM

        Floating around forever? No. Rumor of it existing has...

        May 2 release? No. The video clearly states May 3 at the end.

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      April 19, 2011 4:06 PM

      Hmm. Pass.

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      April 20, 2011 8:28 AM

      None of these maps really grabbed my attention, maybe soviet zoo -- but the Zombie map looked pretty crazy from a glimpse.. wish they would of shown more.

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      April 20, 2011 8:41 AM

      They must have missed the BF3 trailer..... this isnt impressive and for $15 ??? nope !!

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      April 20, 2011 10:50 AM

      For the price of a pizza, you're getting a lot of entertainment. Plus, we have some Shacker(s) who are working on this so I'm happy to buy this day one for my 360 and PC.

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      April 20, 2011 11:44 AM

      Fuxx you, Microsoft 360 xbox. Playstation 3 would pwn n00b xbox 360.

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      April 20, 2011 9:07 PM

      YEah I traded mine in last week, going to back BFBC 2 till 3 comes out. I'm very much over this game.

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      May 3, 2011 3:20 PM


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