“Apocalypse is Treyarch’s grand finale to Call of Duty: Black Ops 2,” 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.PC and PlayStation 3 release dates have not yet been revealed, but previous Call of Duty DLC releases have typically followed one month after their Xbox 360 launch.
Origins takes players to a “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.”
Vengeance takes players to exotic locations around the globe and also serves up a new chapter to the Zombies experience with "Buried" where the undead residents of an abandoned subterranean Old West mining town have come back to claim their home.If you haven't yet seen what Vengenance has to offer, check out the trailer below which gives a nice overview of each of the maps plus a look at the new zombie mode, "Buried".
Call of Duty: Black Ops II Vengeance delivers four new, diverse multiplayer maps:
· Cove: The stage is set for all-out conflict on this small, forgotten island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, with players battling it out amongst the wreckage of a jet that crash-landed during a smuggling operation gone wrong.
Get your first look at "Vengeance," the third DLC Map Pack available for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Vengeance includes four new Multiplayer maps: Cove, Detour, Rush, and Uplink, a reimagining of the classic map Summit. Also included is the brand new Zombies adventure Buried, which features the new bonus Zombies weapon, the Ray Gun Mark II.Each of the four maps - Cove, Detour, Rush and Uplink - will offer new, exotic and diverse multiplayer maps set around the globe for players to destroy their opponents on.
Four mobsters find themselves trapped on the notorious Alcatraz Island. They soon find out though that they are not alone in the prison cell blocks. Chazz Palminteri, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Madsen, and Ray Liotta star in one of the most frightening Zombies experiences yet.The Uprising DLC will be shuffling its way to Xbox Live players first on April 17th, with other platforms to follow in the zombie conga at a later date. Check out the trailer below.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II Uprising will include four new exotic multiplayer maps, plus an exciting new Zombies experience called “Mob of the Dead” that takes players to Alcatraz with four of the actors behind some of Hollywood’s most iconic mobsters, including Ray Liotta, Chazz Palminteri, Joe Pantoliano, and Michael Madsen.Each of the four maps - Magma, Encore, Vertigo and Studio - will offer new, exotic and diverse multiplayer maps set around the globe for players to destroy their opponents on.
“With Uprising, the team has really outdone itself again,” said Mark Lamia, Treyarch’s Studio Head. “In addition to creating four amazing new multiplayer maps, the Studio has been hard at work on the Zombies front to surpass what we accomplished with ‘Call of the Dead.’ What they’ve done this time around is nothing Zombies fans have seen before – and if you don’t believe me, just wait until you get into Purgatory.”
Over March 2-3, the Australian Cyber League will be administering a short series of online qualifiers that progress to a live event final in Sydney, Australia on Friday March 15th. Both Australian and New Zealand Call of Duty: Black Ops II fans will be able to enter the first online qualifier, with seven teams vying for a chance to attend the Australian and New Zealand Call of Duty Final, presented by Activision, Xbox and EB Games.The two top teams from ANZ will then go onto the grand stage in Hollywood, California for the Championship finals where they'll face off against other top leagues from around the world including MLG and Europe's ESL.
In addition, a New Zealand only qualifier will see an eighth and final team join other qualifiers, who all earn a trip to compete in Sydney.
Revolution delivers an unparalleled amount of variety and content for all types of Call of Duty: Black Ops II players, featuring four all-new multiplayer maps set around the globe:Alongside the multiplayer maps will also be a double-dose of zombie action, with a new map titled "Die Rise" and a new Zombies mode, "Turned" which will see players becoming the undead. Check it out in the Revolution gameplay trailer below.
- Hydro: Located in Pakistan, this hydro-electric plant comes complete with a lethal spillway that floods with very little warning.
- Grind: Set in a skate park in Venice Beach (the birthplace of skateboarding!), quarter-pipes and curved surfaces drive players away from easy cover and into intense firefights.
- Downhill: A ski resort in the French Alps, this snowy map is complete with a moving gondola system that can both offer cover and crush you to death.
- Mirage: Located in China’s Gobi Desert, this luxury resort has been ravaged by a sandstorm.
Get a first look at "Revolution," the first DLC Map Pack available for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. One of the most robust and diverse DLC offerings in Call of Duty history, Revolution includes four all-new Multiplayer maps, a new Zombies map, an exclusive Multiplayer weapon, and a brand new Zombies game mode.The Revolution DLC Map Pack will be arriving first on Xbox LIVE on January 29th, with other platforms to follow. Past Call of Duty titles have seen the DLC packs roughly a month later on other platforms. Check out the official preview below for a glimpse at all the new content.
Some uninvited guests have arrived in the neighborhood. Fend off the undead horde in the ruins of Nuketown.Currently only available to Xbox 360 Season Pass holders, the map will go out to other platforms in the near future. Check out the trailer below for a glimpse at the zombie-themed map.
Gamasutra reckons that the game shifted 4.5m on Xbox 360 and 2.9m on PS3. Sales of the Wii U and PlayStation Vita versions were not included.So Black Ops II won the race to $1bn thanks to Thanksgiving sales turbo booster, but looks set to underperform in the longer term.
MW3 sold 8.8m units in the US in its first month, up ten per cent on the equivalent sales of 2010’s Black Ops. However, Black Ops II sold just 7.4m in the same period. Doug Creutz of Cowen and Company had forecast sales of 7.9m units.
In addition, Longbow Research's James Hardiman reckons that Activision shot itself in the foot by issuing a press release stating that the game had beaten its predecessor to $1bn sales.
"We do not believe that Activision did itself any favours by putting out a press release touting that Black Ops II had crossed $1bn in just 15 days, faster than the 16 days required for Modern Warfare 3 to reach the $1bn mark," he said.
"What management did not mention is the fact that with an earlier release date, Modern Warfare 3 was able to reach $1bn a day before Thanksgiving, whereas Black Ops II was not able to get there until after Cyber Monday."
The update can be obtained automatically via the Steam client.
- Max FOV increased to 90
- Fix: Horse falling through the world in Afghanistan when playing on some CPUs with 4 or more cores
- Fix: RC-XD and the AGR sinking into the map in MP when playing on some CPUs with 4 or more cores
- General performance improvements in SP, MP, and ZM for CPUs with 4 or more cores
- Fix: crash when a 7th player tries to join a 6 player league lobby
- Improved dedicated server matchmaking
- Fix: some cases of "Connection Interrupted" in MP while loading into a match
@PCDev: On the post-launch patch task list: 90 FOV #BlackOps2 #PCConsole titles are generally developed with lower field of view settings due to the framerate benefits and the view-distance afforded by a television screen. However desktop PCs without the same performance concerns and a much smaller distance between user and screen can seem too narrow under a FOV of 90.
According to Vonderhaar, streamers will be able to provide commentary, as their voices will be included in the live stream. Additionally, Vonderhaar offered advice on usable cameras.The feature will also require that the user has a registered YouTube account with at least 10 viewers.
"If you are interested in live streaming those League Play games you will (optionally) want the right camera," Vonderhaar tweeted. "Currently supported cameras: 360: Vision. PS3: Eye. PC: Most USB Cameras."
"I know a lot of you probably have a Kinect, but it is still [being] evaluated as a video camera for the feature," he added.