In preparation for the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops’ next map pack, Annihilation, Activision has unveiled a trailer focused solely on the pack’s zombie map entitled Shangri-La. Though this long since abandoned temple-esque setting might seem like the perfect venue for an adventure, dozens upon dozens of zombies have a different idea in store for players: survival.
Featuring ways in which the team of four can slide, drive, and launch themselves around the map, Shangri-La looks to be bringing a decent amount of new tricks to Black Ops’ Zombie mode, but still keeps the core gameplay in tact. It might not have enough A-list actor talent to rival Call of the Dead, but it certainly should do well enough to compete for your affections.
Not only does Shangri-La sport some clever location-specific traps and escape routes, but it also gives players access to a few new weapons. Highlighted in the trailer are things like a claymore with bamboo shoots attached to its face and a bomb that is disguised as a monkey clapping two cymbals together. Little touches like these help remind the player that this is the Zombie mode and, as such, should carry a little bit of humor with it.
Take a tour of Shangri-La in the trailer below:
Whether or not the blend of the silly with the recently deceased will be enough to keep players coming back to Shangri-La like they did with the other zombie maps is yet to be determined, but it’s always hard to overlook a change of scenery.
Of course, for the hardcore Black Ops fan, Annihilation also offers four new multiplayer maps that take them from a suburban drive-in to an Area 51 style hangar. For a better look at those particular maps, you can check out a behind-the-scenes trailer here.
Like before, this map pack is sure to hit big — first on the Xbox 360 and then on the remaining platforms — so if you’re looking to get in on the action better strike will the iron is still hot.
What do you think of Shangri-La? Does it bring enough new features to the Zombie mode to warrant a purchase of Annihilation?
Call of Duty: Black Ops’ Annihilation map pack releases June 28, 2011 for the Xbox 360.