news\ Aug 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Black Ops 2 Apocalypse DLC announced, includes 'Origins' Zombies mode

Black Ops 2 Origins

Remember that recent Black Ops 2 teaser for something called Origins? Turns out, it's a new Zombies experience that comes in Apocalypse, the fourth and final DLC pack for the popular first-person shooter. Capping off the Season Pass, Apocalypse offers four new multiplayer maps and the "new wildly creative Zombies experience."

Here's a bit of info on the new 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.

And here's the description of 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.

Furthermore, Avenged Sevenfold's new song "Shepherd of Fire" from their new album, "Hail to the King," will be featured in the intro cinematic video for Origins, with famed comics illustrator Alex Ross providing original art that features the original Zombies heroes.

Apocalypse will be available first, exclusively on Xbox 360, on August 27 for 1200 Microsoft, or free for those with the Season Pass. It will then come to PS3 and PC at a later date, presumably a month from then if Activision follows the similar release schedule as past DLC.

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