Published on August 9th, 2013 | by Tony


Black Ops 2 Final DLC Details *Added Trailer

Remember that Origins teaser I shared the other day on here? Well turns out it will form part of the final DLC pack for Black Ops 2 before we see the release of Ghosts.
The map pack called “Apocalypse” features four new maps and a brand new zombie experience called Origins.
Origins will also feature music by the band Avenged Sevenfold whose song “Shepherd of Fire” from their upcoming album, “Hail to the King” will be used in the opening intro for Origins.
Origins will also feature work from comic illustrator and painter, Alex Ross,  who is providing original art that features the original Zombies heroes, and will be shown via the cut-scenes.

Players will be deployed to Dieselpunk-stylised World War I-era France where they will encounter the return of the four original heroes from the very first Zombies map, Tank, Nikolai, Takeo, and Rictofen.

The press release gave a bit more details of what Origins has to offer.
“Unleashed after the Germans unearthed the mysterious “Element 115,” this next chapter in the Zombies legacy will explore the saga’s origins as players reunite with an unlikely band of soldiers that come together to defeat the greatest evil the world has ever seen, using a period-specific arsenal that includes Wonder Weapons that harness supernatural powers, a diesel-drone and Mark IV tank, as well a new perk machine and power-ups – and that’s just the start. Players will need all the help they can get to succeed in defeating the undead, as well as evading an unprecedented 1,000-foot tall robot abomination”.

Onto the maps we will see in this map pack, and we see a mixture of both new and old with two new maps and two reimagined fan-favourite (starting to get sick of hearing these words) multiplayer maps from past games.

·  Pod: A failed utopian community from the 70’s has left stacks of dilapidated residential pods nestled into an abandoned cliff side in Taiwan. Its residents long gone, the modernist compound now hosts frenetic combat as players must run atop the pods, as well as navigate their multi-tiered interiors for a strategic edge.

·  Frost: Fresh snow meets explosive gunpowder in this snow-capped European city, where the bridge over a frozen canal separates it into two sides, requiring players to employ multi-level traversal strategies to outsmart and ultimately outshoot their enemies.

·  Takeoff:  Fans of “Stadium” from the original Call of Duty®: Black Ops First Strike DLC will find themselves at home on “Takeoff.” Marooned in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, this remote launch site is all about close-quarters combat, combining tight corners with open spaces for intense encounters.

·  Dig: An adaptation of the fan-favourite “Courtyard” from Call of Duty®: World at War, where two archaeological dig sites in Afghanistan become the perfect playground for combatants eager for hectic, unceasing confrontations. Treyarch, has retained the spirit of “Courtyard” with two major chokepoints, a wide open layout and raised platforms, but has provided fans with a fresh take on the multitude of paths.

No images or videos of anything spoke about on this page has been released, but the moment it does I will get it posted up.
One thing I will say about this latest map pack is that the much used “fan-favorite map pack” thing is starting to seem the easy way out with these map packs these days. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I would much prefer four NEW maps rather than maps from older games. Sure, some deserve to come back, but when you start to get maps that I have never heard one person mention about making a return I start to smell something fishy.
*Video now added

Am I wrong? do Black Ops 2 gamers love and want these two old maps return?
Apocalypse will be available first, exclusively on Xbox Live for the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft for 1200 Microsoft Points on 27th August, with other platforms to follow

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