Call of Duty: Black Ops II is getting its last batch of downloadable content. It’s called Apocalypse and will be out on Xbox 360 on August 27th, with PS3 and PC versions following a month later on September 26th.
Developer Treyarch first teased the new DLC yesterday with a short, moody trailer which contained the words “Every story has a beginning…and an end” juxtaposed with shots of four very grave looking square-jawed soldiers and a giant robot. This showed that, while the Call of Duty calling card has always been photo-realistic aesthetics, they’re still no strangers to over-the-top, silly fun.
Apocalypse will include four new Call of Duty: Black Ops II multiplayer maps. Pod sets combatant down on the remnants of an attempted Utopian experiment gone awry on a Taiwanese cliff-side. Frost is a “snow-capped European city” (oh, they’re all the same) where a canal bridge dividing the field of combat provides for several specific strategic wrinkles. In a remake of the first Call of Duty: Black Ops Stadium map, Takeoff has players battling in close quarters on a military launch site in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Finally, Dig is an adaptation of Call of Duty: World At War’s popular map: Courtyard. Only this time, the setting is between two archaeological sites in Afghanistan.
Also included in this final installment of Call of Duty: Black Ops II DLC is Origins, a brand new zombie shooting experience based in a “dieselpunk” version of France during World War I. Origins serves as a prequel to the Zombies modes in all of the other Call of Duty games. Players will be armed with an arsenal of science-fictionalized versions of period weapons to battle the undead and uncover the (wait for it…) Origin of the blight. That giant robot will also be stomping around at some point.
If you’re a fan of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the $14.99 Apocalypse DLC should keep you in gun-toting bliss for a while. Or at least until November 5th.