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Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation DLC Comes to PS3 June 10

Dan Amrich's Avatar + Posted by Dan Amrich on Jun 03, 2011 // Community Manager, Activision

Hopefully everybody enjoyed the double XP period for Call of Duty: Black Ops in May – neither Treyarch nor Activision wanted to see any of the PS3 fans miss out just because of the technical issues. Now the next round of Black Ops action is locked and loaded: the long-awaited Escalation DLC pack will be available in the PlayStation Store on Friday, June 10th.

Escalation features five big chunks of content – four multiplayer maps and one star-studded Zombies experience unlike any other. For fans of competitive combat, your new battlegrounds await:

  • HOTEL takes the sunny splendor of a luxirous Cuban casino resort and turns it into a bullet-riddled war zone. Details like the blown casino safe and poolside bar offer some unusual cover for run-and-gunners, but thanks to the high vantage points at opposite ends, it’s also a great map for snipers.
  • Why not visit the ZOO? The big cats and deadly reptiles left this abandoned Russian animal park long ago, but the overgrown, dilapidated facility still plays host to the world’s most dangerous game. Hide below in the bear lair or snipe from above on the monorail track – you’ve got the run of the place.

MP Match ZooMP Match Convoy

  • If you’re looking for a slice of classic Americana, check out the small-town motel and diner near the ambushed CONVOY. The freeway overpass has collapsed, leaving a missile stranded above and rubble littered below – not to mention a pre-fab house, apparently in transit by truck when the attack hit, now toppled on its side in ruins. Talk about trailer trash.

MP Stockpile 2

  • STOCKPILE looks like an ordinary town in remote Russia…until you find the warhead hidden in the building in the center of town. Use switches to slide the huge steel doors up and down – good for restricting access during objective-based games.

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Last but not least, CALL OF THE DEAD goes meta on zombie lore itself with a unique setup: Cinema’s zombie godfather George A. Romero is making his latest undead epic – starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robert Englund, Michael Rooker, and Danny Trejo – only to have a real zombie apocalypse break out, infecting the director himself and causing him to stalk you throughout the level. All the stars performed their roles with full motion capture and voice-over, so when you and three friends take on wave after wave of the zombie horde, you’ll do so as some of Hollywood’s most famous monster mashers. Proof positive that there’s a zombie killer in all of us.

Escalation will be available in the PlayStation Store on Friday, June 10, and to celebrate, the double XP will flow once more – enjoy twice the rewards for your efforts through Sunday, June 12. It’s also a perfect time to try out some my unorthodox multiplayer strategies that will keep your opponents guessing.

Enjoy next weekend – I’ll see you online!

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+ fearless9000 on June 4th, 2011 at 9:47 am said:

Hell I forgot all about the maps to Black Ops, But I’m looking on teh brighter side of the sun atleast Sony is back up in running people that want people to hurry never allow the time for the problem to be fixed, good job sony an take your time.. An thanks for the free stuff! Been a PS Fan seen I was a squirt an i always will be keep up the good work Sony !.


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+ BIgMO_DaTRiGeR on June 4th, 2011 at 9:49 am said:

WTF THE MAP PACK STILL DID NOT COME OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT DAY DOES THE MAP PACK COME OUT?????


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+ Libra015 on June 4th, 2011 at 10:01 am said:

Just bought a $20 PSN card. Definitely going to hold onto it until this map pack comes out. For now, I’m enjoying the free Steel Rain DLC ^_^


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+ sx310676 on June 4th, 2011 at 10:15 am said:

i think it’s not fair how xbox get there stuff first, i think it would be better if both console gets their stuff evenly, PSN owners should know better not to be letting us psn user wait for like an week or month later for the things we want to play, cause when we psn gets the late stuff, whats the point of playing it anymore……):


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+ mickyvic on June 4th, 2011 at 10:23 am said:

i dont think sony realy needs to give us anything we get free online they dont owe us anything


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+ Libra015 on June 4th, 2011 at 10:32 am said:

LOL @ rating for this blog post.


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+ tekkenmen on June 4th, 2011 at 10:35 am said:

i know me neither


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+ lllJiNXiElll on June 4th, 2011 at 10:39 am said:

You all love this game, yet you know nothing about it. The reason Xbox gets it first is because Microsoft has a contract with Activision that until 2012 they get Call of Duty DLC before the PS3. So, it has nothing to do with Sony. You might actually want to read up on what Call of Duty Elite is before you start ranting about it. And multiplayer will always be free (well, until Activision decides to change that).


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+ rjasinski7 on June 4th, 2011 at 10:51 am said:

@Dan in one of the comments you said July 10th when i think its in june


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+ Libra015 on June 4th, 2011 at 10:56 am said:

Insert shutupandtakemymoney.jpeg


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+ bkb2466 on June 4th, 2011 at 11:07 am said:

So y exactly do we get all DLC’s a month after Xbox?


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+ zX_K1NG_Xz on June 4th, 2011 at 11:21 am said:

Black ops is garbage anywayz… smh play something else


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+ GNCMMNDO on June 4th, 2011 at 11:24 am said:

Seriously June 10? You have one of the top selling games of all time. Your players already know they have to wait a month for the new maps. You know they have all been searching for a release date. Their greatest source of info is the internet. You know they thought it was June 3. Get on here tell them it’s not confirmed. Tell them you don’t know. I think I would be much happier at this point if you didn’t even give me the opportunity to buy the new maps. Or for that matter give Activision the chance to sell them on your platform. SONY has given them Six to Seven more years of attention with PS1 before there was even an XBOX. Where is the loyalty. We your customers are loyal. The welcome back package is a very nice gesture on Sony’s part, but, you really should have dropped the map pack first. They would have been fine waiting for the FREE STUFF. I mean come on it’s FREE. We want to play online, we get bored easily. And we want to play the New stuff. Do I have an XBOX? Yes, but, I am a very loyal Sony customer. It’s been collecting dust for a couple of years now. Proud owner of a 60 gig “Fatty,” and an 80 gig “Fatty.” Oh yeah and a “fat” PS2.


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+ sfrtg123-_- on June 4th, 2011 at 11:24 am said:

sick can’t wait thx for another double xp weekend i cant wait.


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+ loop_the_luke on June 4th, 2011 at 11:28 am said:

for anyone who is complaining about the dlc not being out yet ye should just calm down have you not noticed that they just gave us a release date for it isn’t that better than not gettin a release at all
By the way i want to thank Sony and Treyarch for all of their hard work over the past month absoulutly cant wait to to play Call of the dead and i am delighted to get playing online again
Thanks for giving us an update about this ill be ready to play it and it will be worth waiting for!!!
:D


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+ Pokemon418copy3 on June 4th, 2011 at 11:35 am said:

Well at least I have LBP to keep me company while I wait. Haha. I woke up on Friday at 5 o clock to get the maps (I was very excited at the time and my internet and over 1000 MBs don’t go well.) just to see they weren’t there. I was disappointed, but then I checked the zombie leaderboards and found the CotD was there, so I got excited again. Oh well. Wait’s worth it. I only spend my money for teh zombies. Multiplayer maps? That just means more camping spots…No offense Treyarch. (I’m 11. Now you know why I’m excited.)


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+ GNCMMNDO on June 4th, 2011 at 11:36 am said:

Stand up for your customers in one way or another. Hell, stand up for yourself. This is no way directed at you Dan. Get the answers we want, don’t let them give you a release date within a week. If they can’t give you the same respect they give MS. Then don’t give them an opprtunity to use you to sell their product. Yeah, I know you make money off it too. But, who needs who more? Do you need Activision or do they need a place to sell their stuff? If you could pass this on that would be great! Thanks for doing your best Dan.


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+ serpice0 on June 4th, 2011 at 11:49 am said:

Better late than never.
I am going to get this for the zombie map, but your map descriptions encourage me to get it for the multiplayer gameplay.


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+ bloodyguns129 on June 4th, 2011 at 11:50 am said:

hold on on psn we get these messeges sayin it wil b available on june 6 is the 6 or 10


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+ H0DGY_K1D88 on June 4th, 2011 at 11:54 am said:

@bloodyguns129 did u get these messages on ur ps3?


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+ sofresh12345 on June 4th, 2011 at 12:09 pm said:

One month is a long wait. But a month and a week is just WAY TO MUCH. COMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE OOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN


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+ Semir9002 on June 4th, 2011 at 12:14 pm said:

SERIOUSLY WTH
Letting us wait for SO LONG :@!!!
Activision and sony are lucky that it has an new zombie map or else they could fall dead
It’s better for you guys to make it cheaper or else ALOT of people aren’t going to buy
COUNT ON IT !!!


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+ Guapo2345 on June 4th, 2011 at 12:38 pm said:

i keep getting messages saying that this is going to be free. can anyone tell me if this is true?


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+ DA_808_KUSH on June 4th, 2011 at 12:41 pm said:

Why must we wait another week for the map packs?

i know that it’s over whelming to release this all one time, but we’ve been mainly waiting for the new combat action of the DLC map “Escalation” with this 1 week wait fans out there will be boiled up and irritated of the smaller maps that are already out there for us.


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+ H0DGY_K1D88 on June 4th, 2011 at 12:42 pm said:

@Guapo2345 i doubt it


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+ potatoboy8 on June 4th, 2011 at 12:49 pm said:

JUNE 3RD IT SAID NOW JUNE 10TH no


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+ potatoboy8 on June 4th, 2011 at 12:54 pm said:

@Guapo2345
right, me to, if it says send this message to all your friends DONT DO IT! tryin to track imformation or its just a scam of something or its…. i dont know if its fake or real, do what you want


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+ FUNKCITY on June 4th, 2011 at 1:14 pm said:

First Sony lies to us now Activision is doing the same…Every one who has bought DLC for any previous COD game including black ops knows the DLC is always released one month after XBox gets it. Now we are being told that that is not the case? Do you big corporate guys give us any credit at all? We are the customers that keep you in business if we boycott you will no longer have a corporation. PLEASE STOP TREATING YOUR CUSTOMERS LIKE CRAP!! You would be nowhere without us Sony has mistreated all its current customers now Trearch is going to do the same. Sonys “customer Appreciation” is a joke and it shows they have NO Appreciation for us whatsoever. All they want is our our hard earned money. Thanks Trearch for treating Sonys customers the same as they do. We need another system choice SAVE US SEGA???


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+ Ops_soldier5590 on June 4th, 2011 at 1:16 pm said:

ehhh… guess ill wait till the maps comes out.

P.S. when the mortalkombat dlc comes out i wanna play kenshi!!!!


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+ truekiler1234567 on June 4th, 2011 at 1:18 pm said:

IN THE TITLE IT SAYS JUNE 10 .. NOT JULY 10 LOL


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+ arrestedpuppy99 on June 4th, 2011 at 1:22 pm said:

ARGHH i was ready to download it i stayed up all night waiting 4 it ARGHH anyways thx Dan for a heads up


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+ razman98 on June 4th, 2011 at 1:25 pm said:

hi i have a quick Q: will there be a discount with playstation plus?


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+ DeathKiller49 on June 4th, 2011 at 1:56 pm said:

Hey Dan Thanks for the update! This is great news knowing that we sit back after full psn restoration and play some call of duty escalation! But i have 1 question if you have PS Plus is it free like the mag add ons. I have to admitt ive played call of the dead on my sisters xbox and its kick ass ! but also i think a huge discount is great or for free and thanks for the second Double XP Weekend we all as loyal to psn appreaciate your hard work and please reply!


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+ DeathKiller49 on June 4th, 2011 at 1:58 pm said:

@ FUNKCITY
Calm down man its only 1 more week your acting like it was undergoing mainenance again


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+ chazzzzzzeerrrrr on June 4th, 2011 at 2:01 pm said:

The Escalation map pack is not as good as it seems ive played on it round my mates house on xbox and the Zombie map is shocking, But on the other hand the Multi-player online maps are amazing never seen better.Hopefully it is worth the wait.


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+ chazzzzzzeerrrrr on June 4th, 2011 at 2:02 pm said:

@DeathKiller49 so true man @FUNKCITY calm man take a chill pill


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+ choco-boy02 on June 4th, 2011 at 2:09 pm said:

can’t wait so long


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+ B4d_P3r on June 4th, 2011 at 2:19 pm said:

I was really wondering if the map pack is free? I mean to me it would make sense to do that maybe as a gift? I got the message of the Escalation map pack being free but I didn’t send it because it could be a scam. Please get back to me so I can know earlier. I ask if its free and I say thanks for taking your time to reply back!


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+ realnewyork718 on June 4th, 2011 at 2:21 pm said:

Been waiting for this map pack for a while now,got my PSN card ready.Will this map pack be 14.99 as well?


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+ veez58 on June 4th, 2011 at 2:31 pm said:

Did anybody notice they deny comments that people post wich explains the truth about sony treyarch ect


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+ DA_808_KUSH on June 4th, 2011 at 2:32 pm said:

@ FUNKCITY

They didn’t lie to us, if you can’t read the title of the DLC release date says “June 10th” basically we’re being set back another week, and the reason i was told for this is because of the playstation store welcome back package and everyone being in store at once, if they released the map packs now the store would crash therefore sony would have to work around the clock “again” to bring it back online.

So please just wait patiently, and also how did activision lie to us?… they haven’t lied once never did and never will


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+ veez58 on June 4th, 2011 at 2:33 pm said:

screw xbox i would never buy another one sure they get everything first but psn is free and nearly unbreakable


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+ chazzzzzzeerrrrr on June 4th, 2011 at 2:34 pm said:

@b4d_P3r nar its not free unfortunatly (sorry cant speel that world lool) and @realnewyork718 the map pack will be £11.49.


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+ veez58 on June 4th, 2011 at 2:35 pm said:

sony favorite lie is 1 more week they said that threw the whole month of may


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+ xWet_WiLLY on June 4th, 2011 at 2:47 pm said:

Another week til escalation….why?


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+ xWet_WiLLY on June 4th, 2011 at 2:54 pm said:

is map pack 3 retaliation coming out in August?


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+ Sakuzy1 on June 4th, 2011 at 2:54 pm said:

Dan How much is the map pack gonna cost ? And can i get a discount on it with playstation plus yes or no ?


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+ typeRluv on June 4th, 2011 at 3:04 pm said:

Dan, why don’t PS3 users get the map packs when X-Box users do?


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+ DrUberBloom on June 4th, 2011 at 3:44 pm said:

@341 Because Microsoft Pays Treyarch to give Xbox players the map packs before Playstation.

@340 It costs $15, As of every other Map Pack… What a rip-off.


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+ ARTUMAN on June 4th, 2011 at 3:45 pm said:

do i have to have first strike map pack to have escalation? and where do i buy the map packs specifically ?
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