The first map pack for Black Ops 2 is only a few weeks away before it graces us all with brand new, jaw dropping content. The first Black Ops 2 map pack called “Revolution” is the first time ever in the history of Call of Duty DLC that a brand new weapon will be added to the game.
Xbox 360: 29th of January 2013
PC & PS3: 1 Month later (likely the 28th of Feb or 7th of March)
Unlike how the content season worked for Modern Warfare 3, Black Ops 2 is adopting the classic and much easier to understand map pack system. There will be a total of 4 map packs for Black Ops 2 over the next 11 months each available for purchase separately or you can get them all for free when you purchase a Season Pass and save your self a little bit of money.
Revolution includes 4 brand new Multiplayer maps, a brand new Zombies map, a brand new Zombies Game Mode and a brand new SMG, the PeaceKeeper.
The first multiplayer map is called HYDRO, a large hydro electricity dam set Pakistan. The map design really focuses on bottlenecks and choke points but there is a twist… The level has a major spill way which will actually flood during the game! If your in the path of the raging water, you wont be for very long…
The second is GRIND which takes place in a skate park in the middle of Venice California. A map which is entirely comprised of skate ramps and curves, forget the hard edges of walls you are used to. Since taking cover from walls is no longer an option in this map is makes for some really interesting and brilliant combat encounters. This map is guaranteed to deliver fast and frenetic Call of Duty action.
Next up we have DOWNHILL which brings back the snow environments to Black Ops 2 that so many players have been missing! It is a medium-sized map based in the French Alps complete with snow, chair lifts, and a strategically placed lodge. The map feature long range line of sight areas, perfect for snipers.
MIRAGE is the last multiplayer map featured in Revolution, based in the Gobi Desert it utilises sand dunes to provide different levels of elevation and a sanctuary in the center as a natural choke point. The luxury building has been hit by a massive sand storm which has left large sand dunes in its wake. The dunes make for some really interesting and new combat scenarios because you can get to an elevated position so quickly.
Are you ready from some Zombies action? I know I am, the next map up is DIE RISE which is strangely pronounced like ‘Dye’ rather than ‘Dee’ as the Germans would say it. The map takes place in the far east in a series of crumbling sky scrapers and is the first ever zombies map which features a level of verticality in it meaning there are a number of different floors and heights to battle the zombie hoard from. Massive open areas coupled with narrow corridors make Die Rise an interesting maze like map with some very interesting sections which will have you questioning whether you are upside down or not!
A new game mode has also been added alongside Die Rise called TURNED, which allows players to play as the zombies! Yes thats right you can actually play as the zombies! How cool is that? You’ll be up against a lone human player which you must take down, upon killing them you’ll respawn as the human and take the role of zombie slayer.
Last but not least we have probably the most unique piece of content in this DLC, the PEACEKEEPER weapon. The weapon bridges the gap between SMG and Assault rifle making for an interesting hybrid weapon.
If you are a season pass holder you will of course get all the content for free. Release dates for PC and PS3 will be about one month later, we predict either the 28th of February or the 7th of March. Prices on the PC and PS3 will be at the $14.99 mark and be purchasable through the PSN and Steam.
So to summarise all of the above, the following will be available in the first Black Ops 2 Map Pack ‘Revolution’:
- Zombies – Die Rise
- Zombies Game Mode – Turned
- Peacekeeper SMG
Revolution will undoubtedly be a fantastic addition to the game, the maps look fantastic and the new game modes are a massive surprise! Plus there is a brand new weapon, what more could you ask for? Let us know what you think in the comments below.