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Black Ops 2 ‘Apocalypse’ DLC announced; available August 27th on Xbox 360

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Activision and Treyarch have officially announced the fourth and final DLC pack for Black Ops 2 called Apocalypse. This pack will be available August 27th on Xbox 360 for 1200 MSP or free as part of the Season Pass.

“Apocalypse is Treyarch’s grand finale to Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” said Treyarch Studio Head, Mark Lamia. “It is the perfect culmination of our efforts, and fan feedback, with two all-new multiplayer maps for players to experience for the first time, and two fully reimagined fan-favorite multiplayer maps from past games – and Origins, our most epic Zombies experience to date. Apocalypse is a DLC pack that our fans will never forget.”

Multiplayer Maps:

  • 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-favorite Courtyard from Call of Duty: World at War, where two archeological 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.

Zombies Map:

  • Origins: a new adventure which takes place in “a Dieselpunk-themed First World War” and stars the original Zombies heroes. 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. In this stylized undead adventure, they’ll need every advantage if they have any hope of surviving one of Treyarch’s deepest Zombies experiences to date.

A new song called ‘Shepherd of Fire” by Avenged Sevenfold will be played at the opening sequences of the new map.

SOURCE: OneOfSwords

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ACTIVISION AND TREYARCH REVEALS APOCALYPSE, THE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED FINAL DLC PACK FOR CALL OF DUTY®: BLACK OPS II COMING FIRST, EXCLUSIVELY TO XBOX LIVE ON AUGUST 27

Treyarch Caps Its Epic Call of Duty®: Black Ops II Season Pass Offering with Two All-New Multiplayer Maps, Two Re-Imagined Fan-Favorite Maps, and the Groundbreaking “Origins” Zombies Experience 

World Famous Rock Band Avenged Sevenfold andRenowned Comics Painter/Illustrator Alex Ross Lend Their Talent in support of Call of Duty®: Black Ops II: Apocalypse

Santa Monica, CA – August 8, 2013 – The epic climax of Activision and Treyarch’sCall of Duty®: Black Ops II Downloadable Content (DLC) Season Pass culminates with Apocalypse. Available first on the Xbox Live® online entertainment network from Microsoft on August 27, the game’s fourth and final DLC Pack delivers four thrilling and diverse multiplayer maps, and the all-new wildly creative Zombies experience – “Origins“.

With Apocalypse, Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI), and its award-winning studio Treyarch have partnered with award-winning Warner Bros. Records rock band, Avenged Sevenfold, who contribute the song, “Shepherd of Fire” from their upcoming album, “Hail to the King,” to the Zombies experience, which will be featured in the intro cinematic video for “Origins.” Along with Avenged Sevenfold, famed comics illustrator and painter, Alex Ross, has also lent his talent to “Origins,” providing original art that features the original Zombies heroes. One of the most esteemed comic book artists of all time, Ross is most famous for his work with DC and Marvel Comics, and has won many notable awards for his artistic design.

Apocalypse is Treyarch’s grand finale to Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” said Treyarch Studio Head, Mark Lamia. “It is the perfect culmination of our efforts, and fan feedback, with two all-new multiplayer maps for players to experience for the first time, and two fully reimagined fan-favorite multiplayer maps from past games – and Origins, our most epic Zombies experience to date. Apocalypse is a DLC pack that our fans will never forget.”

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Apocalypse delivers four diverse multiplayer maps:

  • 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-favorite “Courtyard” from Call of Duty®: World at War, where two archeological 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.

In addition to the four maps, Apocalypse also reveals Origins, the most horrifying and imaginative Zombies experience to date. Players will be deployed to Dieselpunk-stylized 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, as well as hordes of zombies that have overrun trenches and fields, as well as the ruins of a mysterious and ancient location.

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. In this stylized undead adventure, they’ll need every advantage if they have any hope of surviving one of Treyarch’s deepest Zombies experiences to date.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Apocalypse will be available first, exclusively on Xbox Live for the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft for 1200 Microsoft Points on August 27, with other platforms to follow. Players who have already purchased the Season Pass can download Apocalypse as soon as it becomes available.

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Best Call of Duty Zombies map: Every map ranked from World at War to Cold War

At least one Call of Duty Zombies map has a special place in player’s hearts. So we’ve picked our best Zombies maps and ranked them.

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Call of Duty Zombies has gone from a mini-game to pretty much a must-have feature in every CoD game. So we’ve sifted through every Zombies map ever made, settled on the absolute best ones, and ranked them.

It seems that nearly everyone has a favorite Zombies of all time, and a different top five list, such is the impact of Call of Duty Zombies on players. Treyarch’s post-World at War mini-game went on to become as important to people as the online multiplayer itself.

The latest official entry into the series, Black Ops Cold War, offered up several new maps including Firebase Z and the intense Forsaken, introduced terrifying new enemies in Mimics, and produced several memorable Main Quest Easter Eggs.

Vanguard aims to carry the Dark Aether storyline on in Der Anfang, and CoD Zombies will continue to grow. But before we get to Call of Duty: Vanguard, let’s go through and rank every Call of Duty Zombies map in history so far.

Every CoD Zombies ranked

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In total, there have been 49 Zombies maps, and we’ve taken it upon ourselves to complete the difficult task of ranking them all.

Here is every CoD Zombies map ranked:

  1. Mob of the Dead
  2. Kino der Toten
  3. Der Reise
  4. Nacht der Untoten
  5. Zombies in Spaceland
  6. Origins
  7. Der Eisendrache
  8. Shadows of Evil
  9. Moon
  10. Ascension
  11. Firebase Z
  12. Five
  13. Ancient Evil
  14. Call of the Dead
  15. Mauer der Toten
  16. Shi No Numa
  17. Die Maschine
  18. Gorod Krovi
  19. Buried
  20. Forsaken
  21. Shangri-La
  22. Die Rise
  23. Verruckt
  24. IX
  25. Nuketown Zombies
  26. Revelations
  27. Rave in the Redwoods
  28. Classified
  29. Der Rise
  30. Attack of the Radioactive Thing
  31. Descent
  32. The Final Reich
  33. Shaolin Shuffle
  34. Outbreak
  35. Blood of the Dead
  36. Zetsubou No Shima
  37. Beast From Beyond
  38. TranZit
  39. Voyage of Despair
  40. Carrier
  41. The Shadowed Throne
  42. The Tortured Path
  43. Infection
  44. The Darkest Shore
  45. Tag der Toten
  46. Grosten Haus
  47. The Frozen Dawn
  48. Alpha Omega
  49. Dead of the Night

Top 5 Call of Duty Zombies ever ranked

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Now that we’ve managed to rank every single Zombies map ever made, it’s now time to do a deep dive into our top five CoD Zombies maps of all time.

We believe each of our picks has a special quality that makes them so endlessly memorable, and while not all are as refined and packed as other maps, they are in the top five for a reason.

5. Zombies in Spaceland map – Infinite Warfare

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Zombies in Spaceland moves away from the largely serious nature of Zombies and throws its players into a mad, exhilarating theme park of thrills, spills, and kills.

It carries on the novelty of Zombies maps around that time by having celebrity David Hasselhoff as the host and also demanded that players work together by having doors that needed to be opened by multiple teammates.

As well as the bright aesthetic, fun traps, and nicely divided up areas of the park, there were also the mini-games in the Astrocade. Featuring multiple, interactive arcade games, players could amass a collection of tokens to redeem for cool prizes.

To sweeten the pot further, players could also grab a bit of a breather on the Triton rollercoaster, a moving shooting gallery. As a whole, Zombies in Spaceland is a fun novelty that separates itself from a lot of the pack to form an identity.

4. Nacht der Untoten map – World at War / Black Ops III

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It’s entirely up to you which version of Nacht you opt for, but there’s a part of us that yearns for the simplicity of its original form.

When players completed Call of Duty: World at War, after the credits rolled, many were surprised to be whisked away to a random room with creepy music and only a pistol.

So began the legacy of CoD Zombies, and unlike the Black Ops III remake, the pure nature of Nacht der Untoten still makes it a challenge to this day. No Perks, no Pack-A-Punch, just 1-4 players in a handful of confined rooms.

Given how many Wonder Weapons can be obtained in modern CoD games, the feeling of pure euphoria when you got a Ray Gun from the Mystery Box in Nacht der Untoten was unlike anything else.

3. Der Riese map – World at War

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Another entry for Call of Duty: World at War in Der Riese, and the genius of some of its ideas are still at the forefront of many Zombies maps today.

Teleporters, Easter Eggs, and the aforementioned PAP and Wonder Weapon features were all introduced via Der Riese. These novel ideas were complemented perfectly by the map’s extraordinary map design.

All the channels and pathways blended together seamlessly, making a smaller map, in comparison to later maps, seem big enough, fair, and keep players keep coming back for more.

2. Mob of the Dead map – Black Ops II

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As a DLC-only map, it may not have been enjoyed by as many people as base maps, but the legacy that Mob of the Dead has left been is unreal.

Fans of Warzone’s Rebirth Island would already have been familiar with Mob of the Dead as the map is set in the world-famous Alcatraz prison. It manages to intertwine the themes of the undead with mobsters, and create a perfect scenario in which you need to escape the island.

Action in Mob of the Dead is intense unlike any other, particularly with the tightness of the corridors and its surroundings at times. The Easter Egg for Mob of the Dead is tremendous, and we definitely need to see it reimagined in the future for all players to experience.

1. Kino der Toten map – Black Ops

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Sometimes, less is more. Whereas Nacht der Untoten feels barebones and a modern map like Die Maschine is chock full of features, Kino der Toten strikes that fine balance of power, whilst delivering the best map in CoD Zombies history.

Kino’s cinema is probably the most iconic setting in the franchise and its level design makes the map unbelievably accessible. Turning on the power, going through the curtains, and seeing the decimated venue is a cool feeling.

You can manipulate how the Zombies will get to you, depending on which doors you unlock, and the Projector room offers the perfect respite from the chaos. Kin der Toten never stops being a blast to play, and that’s why we think it’s the best CoD Zombies map in the game’s history.


So there you have it! All 49 Zombies maps ranked, and our top five CoD Zombies maps in order as well.

For more Call of Duty Zombies content, check out everything we know so far about Vanguard Zombies.

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Is Black Ops 2 being remastered? Rumors & leaks

Fans have been wondering for sometime if CoD: Black Ops 2 is going to be remastered, and we’ll answer that today.

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Several Call of Duty games have received the remaster treatment in recent years, and it’s left fans wondering if the mega-popular Black Ops 2 will get one. Here are all the latest rumors and leaks regarding a Black Ops 2 remaster.

The popularity of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 simply cannot be understated with the game being considered the greatest of all time by many. But fast-forward to 2021, and players want to know if this beloved entry in the CoD franchise will be remastered.

The premise of Call of Duty remasters was kickstarted by the 2016 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered title. Since then, we’ve also had the Modern Warfare 2 campaign be remastered, and there are rumors of Modern Warfare 3 being remastered, despite Activision saying it isn’t.

Is Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 being remastered?

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From what we understand, no, not at this time. There is absolutely nothing to suggest that any form of Black Ops remaster is in the works.

Naturally, people would think that Treyarch’s Black Ops may receive the same love that the Modern Warfare franchise has gotten, but alas it doesn’t seem to be the case.

Why isn’t Black Ops 2 being remastered?

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We believe there could be two strong reasons for Black Ops 2 not being remastered, one being that it would oversaturate the CoD market, and also that we’ve already seen a few of its maps recently.

If a full Black Ops 2 remaster were to exist anytime soon, it would mean that Activision would have the end of Black Ops Cold War’s run, 2019’s Modern Warfare, Warzone, Vanguard, and Black Ops 2.

One of the problems 2016’s Infinite Warfare suffered from is that it released with the full Call of Duty 4 remaster, and consequently, the player base was divided between the two games.

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Furthermore, Black Ops Cold War featured no less than seven Black Ops 2 map remasters throughout its multiple seasons, and they feel too fresh in the memory to warrant a remaster of the multiplayer.

We could see a remaster of the Black Ops campaigns, following the successful rerelease of the Modern Warfare 2 campaign.


Activision may have some surprises and remasters up their sleeves, but for the time being, we can only speculate and ask you to keep checking in to see if anything becomes official.

Also, check out everything we know about Call of Duty: Vanguard.

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Infinity Ward announces new Austin office as studio gears up for CoD 2022

The original Call of Duty developer, Infinity Ward, is expanding its operations via a new office in Austin, Texas for CoD 2022.

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One of the three developers behind the Call of Duty franchise is getting a new office. Infinity Ward is expanding its operations via a new office in Austin, Texas, in preparation for CoD 2022.

Infinity Ward is the developer behind the original Call of Duty game. Activision founded Infinity Ward in 2002, with the first Call of Duty title being released in 2003. This birthed one of the most iconic video game franchises to date.

Infinity Ward would go on to develop Call of Duty 2 in 2005 before alternating developers. Now, Infinity Ward is known for developing the Modern Warfare titles, which are released roughly every three years.

With Infinity Ward releasing the last Modern Warfare title in 2019, the developer is gearing up for another release in 2022. We don’t know what CoD 2022 will be just yet, but we do know that Infinity Ward is expanding its operations with a new office.

Infinity Ward Austin Texas office

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Today, Infinity Ward announced via Twitter that it would be opening a new office in Austin, Texas. This would be the fourth development hub for the company, with the other three being located in Los Angeles, Poland, and Mexico.

This also means that Infinity Ward is hiring. According to Infinity Ward, the Austin office is currently hiring for all positions, and you can find all of the available jobs posted on the Infinity Ward website.

Call of Duty: Vanguard releases in less than a month. It’s taking players back to WWII, where Infinity Ward is expected to bring the franchise back to modern times, with CoD 2022 speculated to be a sequel to Modern Warfare 2019.

That being said, we have no official idea what to expect from Infinity Ward going into 2022, but with the significant success of Modern Warfare 2019, it will no doubt be a Call of Duty game plenty of players will love.

Regardless, Infinity Ward is planning something big, and the new office proves just that. So, if Vanguard isn’t your cup of tea, CoD 2022 is just a year away.

For more Call of Duty, check out the insane number of weapon camos for Vanguard, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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