PC and PlayStation 3 users can finally get their hands on Call of Duty: Black Ops' Rezurrection DLC from today.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Rezurrection is nothing if not a mark of how far this series has travelled. From its early roots in Medal of Honor and a more 'realistic' approach to the historical FPS, through Modern Warfare's futureshock-cum-Bond and finally to Nazi zombies. What an arc.
In that context the zombie mode, exclusive to Treyarch's COD games, seems ridiculous. And of course it is. It's also arguably Treyarch's greatest original contribution to the series, which is not intended as mean praise: the zombies maps, which Rezurrection brings to a total of ten, are surprisingly diverse and the mode itself scratches an itch that 'proper' COD multiplayer never quite reaches.
That would be teamwork. It's said so often about COD that it's become a cliché, but the team deathmatches can often feel like free-for-alls with the score yoked together at the end. Central principles of its system, like the XP rewards, directly encourage lone wolves - a problem not unique to COD, but certainly one that's pronounced by the series.
Zombie expansion out now on Xbox 360.
The Black Ops Rezurrection DLC pack (yes, with a Z), launches on Xbox 360 first – on 23rd August. It will, as expected, cost 1200 Microsoft Points.
The map pack goes live on PC and PlayStation 3 by the end of September, Activision said.
The purely zombie affair features five maps. Four are remakes of the World at War Zombies maps Nacht der Untoten, Verruckt, Shi No Numa and Der Riese. These were included in the Hardened and Prestige editions of Black Ops.
Zombie maps for Xbox first - August 23rd.
Another Call of Duty: Black Ops DLC pack is on its way, according to Activision's latest earnings report.
Its Q2 fiscal year financials released today noted that the publisher intends to ship the Rezurrection pack at some point in the next three months. No details were offered as to what will be included in the pack or how much it'll sell for.
The last add-on, the Annihilation map pack, arrived on Xbox 360 in late June, with a PC and PlayStation 3 launch following last week.