Black Ops shattered video game sales records earlier this year, and while Treyarch is already staffing up to work on their next title (possibly Black Ops 2), they’ve made it clear that DLC for Black Ops is still a priority. Microsoft has an exclusivity contract for Black Ops which means that all DLC released for the game will see release on Xbox Live before release to PC and PlayStation Network. With ‘Escalation’ having been out for over a couple weeks now, we’ve been given word on when the content will be making its way to the PC.
PC gamers will finally be able to get their hands on Escalation on June 2, 2011. An update for the PlayStation 3 gamers will come soon, according to Activision. This is quite the contrast to First Strike which saw an announcement for the PS3 date come with no official date given for the PC release. PSN’s lack of stability likely has been a factor in this change in roles for the two platforms, and when things get back to normal, PS3 gamers will finally know when they’re getting their next Black Ops fix.
Escalation is the second DLC package released for Black Ops following the First Strike DLC package which Treyarch released earlier this year. It comes with 4 new maps (Zoo, Hotel, Convoy, and Stockpile) and a brand new zombies map Call of the Dead.
Call of the Dead may be the coolest new addition Black Ops with its premise of 4 B-Movie actors being attacked by an actual zombie threat during the shooting of zombie movie. Call of the Dead features the talent of Robert Englund, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michael Rooker and Danny Trejo as the playable characters in the new mode. Famed “godfather of all zombies” George A. Romero plays the villain in this installment, having been captured and carried away by zombies.
Our review of Escalation praised it for providing fans with more maps that blend perfectly with Black Ops already stellar selection, as well as its fresh take on the zombie maps with Call of the Dead.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation is available on the Xbox 360 and will be seeing release for the PC on June 2, 2011, with details on a PS3 release coming “soon.”